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#11  AlbertaCowboy 06-08-2011, 10:01 PM
Quote CWatkinsNash

I think I knew I hit rock bottom when I pre-ordered the next Dresden Files book, #13, despite the fact that I've only read the first three so far. I just had to. I have all of the others... I justified it by saying it was okay because it's being released two days before my birthday so it was, like, supposed to be mine. I know I'm lying to myself.

They tell me I can stop if I really want to. Right.
You're telling me that I can pre-order "Ghost Story" now? Grrrrrr. I had convinced myself that I was going to get the audiobook so as not to read it all in one sitting like the last four. Now it seems that I have no choice but to get the book version. Thanks alot for being my enabler
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#12  ATDrake 06-08-2011, 10:02 PM
In order to find a solution, you must first acknowledge that you have a problem.

I don't have a problem. Everything is fine. Perfectly fine.*

Quote ilovejedd
Just curious, how many books do you guys have in your library?
Technically, I've got at or very near the 1000 mark in free e-books from those time-limited promotional freebies offered in the major stores alone.

But realistically, I've only got at most a low few hundred that I've actually paid real money for, and I don't expect to seriously try and read more than 1% of the freebies at best.

* Despite my habit of picking up freebies almost indiscriminately, I'm actually very, very picky as to what I'll actually shell out real money of my own upon.

I really only buy stuff from authors I trust whose books I know I'll want to read that I haven't already, books I've read and enjoyed already that are on sale, or occasionally make an initial test purchase from new author that may lead to my picking up their other books. And I usually make a point of reading those latter such purchases fairly soon after getting them.

And I'm cheap, so I often also only ever get books during deep discount sales because if a book's available in the library/I already own it in paper, I usually feel I don't need to have my own e-copy unless the price is so low and I like the author/title enough that I might as well, by which time I'll have already read the book anyway, so no TBR issues there.

So far this year I've already finished 26 of the ones I've actually paid for (and did another two dozen or so last year). And some are e-book re-buys of favourite paper titles that were on sale, so I don't feel the need to re-read them quite yet.

I'd estimate my overall read completion ratio for paid e-books currently around 2 out of 5, and that number skewed because I bought a bunch of magazines/anthologies and splurged at Fictionwise last month.

Frankly, my dozen-title library backlog is more worrying, since those are technically commonly-owned books that I should hurry up and finish and return to the general public.
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#13  CWatkinsNash 06-08-2011, 10:23 PM
Quote AlbertaCowboy
You're telling me that I can pre-order "Ghost Story" now? Grrrrrr. I had convinced myself that I was going to get the audiobook so as not to read it all in one sitting like the last four. Now it seems that I have no choice but to get the book version. Thanks alot for being my enabler
Ooops... sorry.

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#14  jocampo 06-08-2011, 11:27 PM
I'm Joe, and I'm an ebook addict but I don't want treatment ... actually, I bought another ebook, one for high speed reading so I can read more ebooks and faster ...

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#15  pdurrant 06-09-2011, 03:46 AM
Thank you all for your honesty. It's nice to know I'm not alone. My ebook library is currently around 2,000 items. I've bought the vast majority of those (1392 at fictionwise, 700 or so at webscription.net, a few elsewhere). I've read about 1600 of them.

And that's not counting the free classics downloaded from here and elsewhere, of which I've read less than 50, I think.

I've now been purchase free for three days...
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#16  pdurrant 06-09-2011, 03:49 AM
Quote Pomtroll
My [...] goal is to get no more than 10 books a month & I reached my limit yesterday.....What am I going to do?
I've found that adding the ebooks to my Amazon wish list instead of buying them helps. Let's get to the end of June with no more purchases* together!



* Free ebooks don't count. At least, that's what I tell myself.
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#17  AlexBell 06-09-2011, 04:13 AM
Could you bind yourself to confess here, in public, within 24 hours, if you break down and get another ebook before the end of June?

That might just be enough if you are wavering.

Regards, Alex
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#18  Terisa de morgan 06-09-2011, 04:28 AM
Hello, I'm Terisa and I'm an ebook addict too (yes, free books don't count). I have over 2200 ebooks without reading (around 400 paid ebooks). But I keep on buying them (last time on Thursday) and I have a loooong buying list.

I'm an addict and I don't want a cure
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#19  pdurrant 06-09-2011, 04:38 AM
Quote AlexBell
Could you bind yourself to confess here, in public, within 24 hours, if you break down and get another ebook before the end of June?

That might just be enough if you are wavering.
I will, of course, report back on my success or otherwise. Thanks.
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#20  Sweetpea 06-09-2011, 05:15 AM
Hello, I'm Sweetpea, and I've been cured from my ebook buying addiction.

I must say, I quit cold-turkey. Or rather, the publishers made me quit cold-turkey. I have bought a total of 3 books the entire 2010 year. And so far, this year, I've bought 1 book.
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