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I had an author guest scheduled for today, but as you know, Life Happens and she wasn’t able to stop by. I like to talk books on Wednesdays, but I was a little stumped about what part of books I should focus on today.

I happen to be part of a big scifi and fantasy promotion this weekend (you can actually start looking now if you want). It is focused on Kindle Unlimited (my books aren’t in that program) and Kobo free books (my books are on Kobo and I have some freebies there, including Girl Gone Nova: Part One, which is featured in the promotion).

This got me to thinking about how we read and where we buy our reads. So I thought that might be a fun discussion for this “Why I Wrote” Wednesday. Only we’ll call it “Why I Read” or perhaps “Where I Feed My Reading Habit?”

I primarily shop for books on Amazon. I’m a prime member and have been since it was first introduced. Plus, Amazon opened up a whole new world of book shopping for me back in [gulp] the 90’s. Yeah, I’ve been a customer almost from the moment Amazon opened its virtual doors. They first hooked me when I realized that I could collect used books from favorite authors and price compare while shopping from HOME (this is HUGE bonus for a confirmed hermit). I buy a mix of print and digital, but am leaning more and more toward digital as we are downsizing in preparation for our “end date.”

Additionally, I grew up in a small town and while I’ve lived in places that have bookstores, in the city, having a bookstore does not always mean a close bookstore.

Plus, it is physically impossible for a single bookstore to display all the books available to read.

It’s embarrassing to confess, but I didn’t know a bookstore didn’t have ALL the books I might want to read for a long time. Hey, I was young once. This is partly what got me started writing. I’d hit the library and the bookstore and pour over my haul like Gollum with the One Ring. I’d vow to read slowly, to savor, to make the reads last.

Then I’d burn through my pile.

I’m a fast reader. And I can’t seem to stop reading fast. The only way to slow me down is to write my own. LOL

And no, I wasn’t reading every available book. (I’ve blogged before about the chemistry a reader feels for the way an author uses words, the stories they choose to tell, and so on. This blog isn’t about that.) But I could burn through a lot of books at a pretty fair clip. Writing all the words definitely slows me down.

But I digress. This blog post is about how you find the books you love, and how you read them. So, ahem, let’s get started:

Where do you buy books:

  1. Amazon (digital, print or audio)

  2. Barnes & Noble (Digital or print)

  3. iBooks (it’s digital only, but they do have audio…)

  4. Kobo (digital only, but they are getting ready to add audio component)

  5. GooglePlay (digital only)

  6. From a favorite bookstore (Indie, chain and do you buy digital or print — keep in mind that some bookstores do offer a way for readers to buy digital from their websites)

  7. Other (Costco, Walmart, your local grocery store)

You can, of course, bash your non-preferred vendors, but I’d rather keep the discussion focused on what you like about YOUR vendor. 🙂

How do you read your books?

  1. Kindle or other dedicated eReading device (Nook or Kobo Glo for instance)
  2. On a table, such as iPad

  3. On your cell phone

  4. Print (occasionally or FOREVER loyal)

  5. Listen to your books

Are you vendor loyal or do you follow the price?

Do you read on apps so you can shop the various vendors?

I saw a recent Facebook post about where you read, but that’s more about where you’d LIKE to read, isn’t it? If you’re like me, you read when and where you can. But if you’d like to share your favorite reading spot, I won’t complain. Because I love talking reading!

For me, a reading spot is about a) comfort; and b) favorite drink and treat close to hand. I like an immersive reading experience, but will also read in snatches if that’s all I can manage.

I hope you’ll share your preferences and not just because I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value).  Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.

And guess what? It’s the first post of the month! So, Houston, we have a winner!


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Congratulations! AnaBanana will be in touch with you!

Perilously yours,


P.S. If you shop #Kobo or #iBooks or #Nook, or #Amazon, or even #GooglePlay, you’ll find my books there. And Girl Gone Nova: Part One is free on all of them. 🙂

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Where Do You Feed Your (Reading) Habit?
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12 thoughts on “Where Do You Feed Your (Reading) Habit?

  • March 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I purchase mostly digital from Kobo and Amazon, Amazon if it’s exclusive or the publisher puts DRM on it, and Kobo otherwise. I have a Kindle, and I tend to read on that: I just convert other formats to MOBI using Calibre, so I don’t use apps.

    I purchase print books when I want loaners or a book’s not available in digital. Sometimes I use Amazon for this, but I’m lucky to have good local and used book stores where I can dig for treasure. The annual library sale (it’s ginormous in Seattle) is also good hunting grounds for print books.

    I read on my couch with a cup of tea or water at hand, or on my bus commute, or sometimes at the bus stop waiting…

    And many thanks, Pauline and Ana! I look forward to yummy-smelling creations!

    • March 7, 2016 at 10:14 am

      I hope you enjoy the goodies! Thanks for sharing your reading story. I think its so interesting you buy from Kobo but read on a Kindle. I use Calibre, too, but hadn’t thought about bringing my books over from the various apps. It is nice to have the books all in one place. Your library sale sounds amazing!

      • March 7, 2016 at 4:38 pm

        Amazon’s a local company (hah!) for me, but I figure I give them enough business that I can use their competitors too. I use a Kindle because it had the best page-turning experience at the time, and their selection was the biggest at the time. I don’t like having books be leased, which is essentially what I agree to when I buy a book from Amazon. Kobo doesn’t have the ability to remotely delete my book (see Amazon and 1984), which gives me some peace of mind. Their price-matching guarantee helped lots, too. Oh! I’ve also bought from aRE and Smashwords itself, if that’s useful data.

        • March 7, 2016 at 6:07 pm

          I just find it all interesting. haha Yeah, there’s a geek inside me. I agree that Kindle is the best reading experience around. I read a lot on my iPad and phone, just because they are more likely to be with me at unexpected times, but for really reading, I totally prefer a kindle. I love that you shop around. I actually do, too, but read on the various apps, rather than taking time to convert (which I should do!).

  • March 3, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    read ebooks and print

  • March 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    This is a great blog topic, Pauline. If a store has books, I’m in that aisle looking at them. I’m not as crazy about buying online everywhere as I am about buying in person.

    I’ve had many favorite UBSs over the years but alas, they’re a dying breed. I frequent those mostly when traveling when I spot them.

    I buy eBooks at Amazon and BN, just because it’s easy to download to my Kindle and Nook. I’ve been reading E since the eBookwise days so I’m not keen on losing my library of eBooks when a vendor closes or my computer/devise tanks. Been there done that enough times. LOL I also like using my apps on my phone to synchronize what I’m reading on my device. I’m impatient so I need books with me at all times when I have to “wait” for anything.

    I use my Kindle more than my Nook but that’s mainly because the Kindle is newer and lighter than the Nook I own. I read on my Kindle and phone daily, but I also always have a print book that I’m reading as well. As a migraine sufferer, I find it helps to change from digital to print to keep the migraines down to a dull roar.

    I miss my Borders like crazy. Ours had music on Saturday nights and it was our “go to” place for date night. My husband loves bookstores as much as I do so we still have date night at the bookstore, but now we go to our favorite Barnes and Noble. It’s an awesome two story readers’ paradise with gobs of books, chairs and cozy spots to curl up with a pile of books to decide which ones are going home with you.

    I most definitely shop by price and I love the Goodreads app for that. I have a “wishlist” category that I can easily add to in the store with the book scanner, plus check prices at my favorite vendors and compare to the current price in the store. I’m not going to run around town to buy at the best price, but I will decide on print versus ebook based on price and room in my library.

    I buy print once in a while online, but not often. I’m more of a book-in-hand-must-buy-it person. LOL I do belong to one of Harlequin’s subscription services, so that feeds my need for book packages to arrive in the mail every other month. 🙂

    I won one of those lovely AnaBanana baskets and I’m still enjoying those wonderful products!

    Thanks for the freebie, Pauline — I downloaded it to try. 🙂

    • March 2, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks so much for popping over to comment! And I’m so glad you are still enjoying the goodies! And what great answers to questions. I miss that bookstore experience, too. It’s just not the same and that makes me kind of sad. I used to love discovering books and yes, opening them and deciding what to get, what to put back on the shelf. How cool that Borders was your date night. I love that. I need to check out the Goodreads app. I think I have it, but have not tried it!

      So glad you came by today!

      • March 3, 2016 at 8:15 pm

        Thanks, Pauline. You’ll love the GR app, especially for scanning print books into your book list. I still like GR on my laptop by going through a browser better than using the app for discussions, but that scan feature is the bomb. 😉

        • March 4, 2016 at 8:35 am

          That is pretty awesome for sure. One of the complaints I have with most of the book apps is how they make it to sort things. When you have a lot of books, you want to be able to “see” them easily. 🙂

  • March 2, 2016 at 6:26 am

    I remember when I thought the local bookstore had every book I could ever imagine reading. That was before I bought my first -reader. Now I realize how extremely limited the selection is at the store. Still, I like to browse now and then!

    BTW – I’m glad you found your bookstore lacking if it got you to start writing!

    Most of my reading is done on my couch (beverage and one or two cats at hand), reading e-books on my Google Nexus 7 using Kindle software. I usually shop at Amazon.

    I still read print books. They are good for outdoor sunshiney reading. I always take a few on vacation. For poolside reading. I don’t think e-readers and all that water go together well.

    My Ipod is full of audiobooks and is perpetually connected in my car. Most of those are Audible – because the Kindle/Audible combination price is often an very good deal!

    • March 2, 2016 at 9:26 am

      My first clue there were more books out there was visiting a mystery bookstore in Atlanta. I was like, whaaaat???? LOL And yeah, Amazon opened up a world of books for me.

      Aw, thanks. I am very glad I started writing. So there’s two of us. LOL

      The Kindle Paperwhite kicks it for outdoor reading, but yeah, water….

      I had not gotten into audio books that far until I started doing my own. Now I love being read to at night. haha I don’t have to hold up books or even open my eyes. LOL

      Thanks so much for sharing, Riley!

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