In every opportunity I have got to express it, in my blog, I have declared myself to be a hardcore paperback/hardcover reader. And nothing has changed as yet for me. 🙂 The smell of books & the happiness I feel when I flip through the pages is, still, far greater for me to buy a kindle or any other e-book reader. I know with the ‘real books’, there is this issue of storage & maintenance. However, there is one more significant difference that might make any real-book-fan get converted to an e-book-fan and that is the price difference between the two.
Over the years I have cultivated this habit of buying books – the ones I love or the ones by my favourite author or the ones suggested by people to me with similar reading habits or the ones in the best sellers list. And when I collect any of these books I do not think much about the price…. especially if it’s a book I am eagerly waiting for to hit the stands. However, if the price is over my budget for the month, I might wait for a month or so & save enough to buy it. But, at the end of the day, I do buy it. However, if the book is by a new author or I have not heard much good things or for that matter nothing at all, about the book, I might think twice before hitting the “add-to-cart” button. Most often I put these books in my Amazon/Flipkart Wishlist & may or may not buy them eventually. I might even wait for the price to come down if I feel that it is worth a chance. After all I budget a fixed sum of money every month for buying my books & I cannot afford to waste my hard-earned bucks over something I am not sure I would like. Makes sense, right? Also, the price tag sometimes makes me compromise on hardcovers & settle for paperbacks. Over & above these I also avail any good deals I may come across, either in shops or websites or even used book-stores,etc., to buy books that are in my to-buy list….that’s the economical me. 🙂
So you see price of a book does affect my book buying decisions & I fear that apart from all other advantages, this one may also score a point for my buying an e-book reader! But then only time can tell this…. 🙂
This post is linked to Booking Through Thursday (10/04/2014). Today’s question is – Does the price of a book affect your decision about buying it? Do you wait for cheaper editions of books you want?