Freebies and me

For a very long time, I limited most of my recreational reading to books written by my favorite authors. I won’t mention who they are because there are so many of them. And all of them have been established writers for what seems like eons. Once in a while, I would read a book by a new author, but only once in a while. Snobbish? Maybe just a bit.

Between 2002 and 2010, I spent way too much money on mass market and trade paperback books. Eventually, I acquired so many books that I ran out of space to store them. This annoyed Other Half. So, with his, ahem, encouragement, I sorted through my collection and, shedding a tear or two, packed up at least a third of the books and hauled them to the library.

Then I bought a Nook eReader. Of course, I could download eBooks only from Barnes and Noble, but that was okay. Until 2012.

That’s when, I discovered BookBub, an eBook daily deal site. I decided to broaden my eHorizons, so to speak, and check out the eFreebies offered by Amazon. I didn’t want to buy a Kindle, so I did the next best thing. I downloaded the Kindle app to my PC. Many downloaded books later, I realized that I disliked reading full-length books on a computer.

Being a sort of frugal person, I still wanted those freebies. Downloading free eBooks allowed me to expand my electronic library without exceeding my (more than frugal) monthly book budget. Or buying more bookshelves.

At the beginning of 2013, I bought a Kindle Paperwhite. Since then, I’ve downloaded more than 500 (yes, really) eBooks. And yes, probably more than three-fourths of them are freebies. That does seem a little excessive. But I think I did mention my limited monthly book budget.

The books I bought usually cost $.99. However, I bought maybe twenty-five for $2.99 each, and I confess that I paid as much as $11.99 for five or six books. Those five or six were just-published books written by some of my very favorite authors.

The majority of the freebies are mysteries or romances written by indie authors who self-published their works. Some of the books are great reads that were well-edited. Some of them could have been great reads if they had been better edited. Most of them are just-okay reads that I suspect were edited by the author’s mother, husband, or best friend.

Sadly, too many are not-so-okay reads that actually should have had a plot and a few other things, including editing. And I hate to write that about any book because I know how much time, effort, and hope for success goes into writing a novel. However, those not-so-okay reads are books I won’t keep on the Kindle permanently.

But this time, when I decide to purge my book collection, I will just press delete.

About WestWordArizona

Writer, editor, originally from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, now living in North San Diego County, California.
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