The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.
It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!
Print vs. Digital
For Christmas, I treated myself to a Kindle Paperwhite. The battery lasts so much longer than my Kindle Fire. I was getting so frustrated when I was deep into a book and the dreaded only 10% battery life left message popped up. Of course, I was also using it to check Facebook, Twitter and play games. The Paperwhite is designed solely for reading and I love it. I was nervous about it’s smaller size, but it about the same size as a mass market paperback, fits well in my good hand, and the font size can be adjusted by many more levels than the Kindle Fire. The sale they had before Christmas also played into my purchase.
BUT, there are a few pitfalls. Like people messaging me on Facebook in the evenings when the Fire tablet is stowed away in my bedside table, meaning I may not see the messages until I am back to my computer in the morning. I am trying to train myself to check it more often.
The biggest pitfall that I noticed is that we are well into February and I have read 27 books and only read 4, yes four, were print books. I was one of the people that when e-readers first came out said I didn’t want one. I liked the feel of a print book in my hands. I committed to only read print books. Then a friend sent me a Kindle as a gift. This was way before they could do the magical things like a tablet. I tried it and I liked it, but I still read mostly print books. Then each year I was reading less and less. Last year, I read 212 books, about half were print. The way I have started this year, that is not going to be the case. I have joined the Print Reading Challenge, challenging myself to read at least 78 print books. I hope I make it.
Part of this caused by publishers sending fewer print copies for review. Most are up on NetGalley which makes it easier for us and less costly for them. Sadly I think it won’t be long until all review books will be offered this way.
Another part is my fault because I buy digital copies of books I want from Amazon because it is cheaper and they magically appear almost instantly. I am a prime member though so if the print price and the Kindle price are close to the same I have started to order a print copy, with free shipping I can wait 2 days for the book to arrive.
A third contributing factor is there are so many books I want to read that are only available in digital format. Many authors I love are self-publishing in this format only because print copies are pricey.
A good thing is that I will be using less storage space in my house for my books. Our Kindles have a huge invisible shelf, with books that stay safe on our Amazon accounts, that be downloaded at any time. No one else can see how many books I am hiding in this wonderful little device. Maybe I will start to look a little less like a book hoarder. 🙂 but I do still love a beautiful bookcase full of books.
What do you read more of Print or Digital?
Weekly Rewind – February 12 – 17, 2018