How do you decide what format to buy when you go to get your next reading fix? I have both physical books (paperback as well as hardback), and eBooks in my house. Hundreds of each. But I’m never sure when buying a book which one I want. One to hold in my hands and display on my shelves when I’m done, or one to stuff into my Kindle and read on the go.
Sometimes it’s an easy decision, if I have a series and the entire series is on my physical shelves, then I buy a physical copy of the new one. (Or eBook copy if all the others are on my Kindle.) If it’s a book I don’t know for sure that I’m going to like, and the eBook is only a few bucks, I’ll buy the eBook and see what I think.
But sometimes the eBook costs more than the paperback version. Which has never made sense to me. In those cases, I’ll either put it on my wishlist and use ereaderiq to track price drops, or I’ll just buy the paperback.
And occasionally, I’ll buy the eBook because I can’t get the physical copy soon enough to satisfy my reading urge. Or it’ll be on super-sale or free. And then later it’ll bug me not to have the physical copy. So I end up buying it twice.
There’s also some books/series/authors that I love so much, I purposely buy an eBook copy to go with my physical copy. Just so I can re-read that book at any time I want to. Or at least, that’s what my plan was. And then of course once I have the eBook, I never actually read it. I go back to my physical copies and read those over and over. (Or, well, I used to. When I had time for such things. Before I started this blog. *lol* )
So how do YOU decide which version of a book to buy? Do you buy multiple versions? Buy the cheaper one first just to have, and then buy the version you really wanted later? Play eenie meenie miney mo?