The thing is this. I do own an eReader. One of those no-name thingys that has served me well in the past. The reason I bought it in the first place was for all those eGalleys, because let's face it, reading on the computer screen is hard on the eyes and it's not as comfy as lounging on the bed either. As the months moved on I realized I'm quite an eBook hoarder and thanks to many tempting free eBook downloads my eReader got plenty to chew on. Did I actually buy any eBooks? Yep, late last year I finally did and bought the whooping number of three eBooks on Smashwords.
Now with my book buying ban I obviously don't buy any books, physical or otherwise. Still, I did browse around on TBD and I noticed something that really annoyed me. No matter which eBook I looked up on TBD - it wasn't available. I have no idea whether this has got to do with where I live or whether it's just my darn luck that I only want what I apparently can't have (there are other eBooks available, of course, just none I'd like to have).
Now let's get to the bottom of it all. My eReader is one of those that thrive on epub's and pdf's. While it's wonderful that TBD offers those formats, it'd be very helpful if it also offered certain "currently unavailable" eBooks *grumbles*. Alas it does not, so I pushed the whole idea aside, which wasn't too bad anyway with my book buying ban still in action.
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Then I made the terrible mistake of going to Amazon. Just looking for some DVDs, you know. What did I see? The announcement of the new Kindle Touch, woohoo! And with this woohoo came that nagging voice that whispered, "I know you want me! Come get me!" I'm sure you're familiar with that voice and its alluring charm.
Next thing I know, I'm checking out the features of the eReader. And while I was at it I also looked up those unavailable eBooks. And what did I see? The land of plenty, that is what! And the prices! Ohhh ... can you say bargain? Woohoo! Again.
Then I heard it. The voice of reason. It wasn't exactly as loud as the aforementioned woohoo voice, but after a while it did catch my attention. I remembered that after the Amazon Kindle the Barnes & Nobles Nook is the next big thing and apparently they use the epub formats (please correct me if I'm wrong). So I headed over and checked for the books I have an eye on and what did I see?
No woohoo, sorry folks! Available? Yes. Bargain? Not really. I compared a few different books and they are all 25% cheaper on Amazon. Alrighty! And, yes I am aware that the Kindle would be an additional investment, but can you say Kindle Daily Deal? Yeah, baby!
I'm kinda running in circles in today's blog post, but what it all boils down to is one question. Is it crazy to own two eReaders? I know I knooow ... I once said I'd boycott the Kindle as long as you cannot read epub's on it, but now that I've seen the Kindle Touch and the great prices for eBooks on Amazon I want one, boohoohoo! Big dilemma. How to solve it?
This is where y'all come in with hopefully plenty of good advice!