Jan 2, 2011

Sticker Shock: Keeping Track of Books Bought in 2011

Memoirs

I hardly buy new books these days, preferring the library and used book sales! However, with my new Kindle, I bought several eBooks in 2010, though nothing more than $2.99 each, and I've downloaded over 200 free classics.

So far in 2011, I've made the following purchase(s):

1. A Haunting Smile (Land of Smiles Trilogy) by Christopher G. Moore, eBook, $2.99.
Good Poems2. Good Poems by Garrison Keillor, $16.20.
Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems (Edición bilingüe)3. Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems (Edición bilingüe), $15.30.
4. 9 Gold Bullets (Vincent Calvino Crime Novel) by Christopher G. Moore, eBook, $7.95.









UPDATE: I have just found there are free e-Book downloads at Many Books and at Project Gutenberg.

Thanks to Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea for the idea of keeping track of book buys/costs. I hope to shock myself by spending as little as possible! We'll see.....

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good plan for 2011. I have to say, the low cost of books is a definite plus for e-readers. There's a used book store near my house and I have to limit my visits to it. :)

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  2. my problem is the the 2nd hand books on the likes of amazon, they don't cost much, in fact sometimes cheaper than the shipping, but by the time I've worked way an author or current favoured genre etc. it starts to mount up, so in my case I prefer the adage ignorance is bliss, and thank £$%^&* for Libraries.

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  3. What a great idea tracking books. For lots of reasons, really. I don't even track what I read and I read tons.
    New resolution. I'll keep track.
    Question, I have one of the e readers called the Book and it's through adobe. Can I buy used books for this e reader. I buy lots of used books as I hate to pay full price. Can you let me know. I'm new at this. I've finally learned how to use it.
    Take care and thanks.
    Barb
    barbwhitti@aol.com
    for your response.

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  4. Barb: I know there are a lot of free books you can download and read on your computer/PC. I'm not sure where to find them all but I know they are out there.

    A lot of us like small e-readers that we can carry around in our purses, something you can't do easily with a laptop.

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  5. You can get Kindle apps for phones, I am investigating one on my smart phone at the moment.

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  6. Parrish: That's an app I'd love to have! Good luck with it!

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  7. I have both the kindle app and the Nook app for my ipod and download some of the free books they have for both.

    I know its horrible but I don't do well with second hand books unless they are in really good condition..I guess I am sort of anal when it comes to what my books look like..lol

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  8. I love being able to instantly buy a book for my Kindle - just glad I'm basically a very cheap person or I'd be broke!! :)

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  9. So happy to see you will be doing this. For me, and the Kindle, hitting "BUY WITH ONE CLICK", is a huge temptation on Amazon. I have to be very careful. I also downloaded a lot of free classics.

    Have fun!

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  10. I think it is useful to keep an eye on it, but I do it the way that I allow myself a certain budget every month. On the whole I stay within my limit by bying several used books. As I live in Denmark, I usually spend more on shipping than on the actual books.

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  11. It depends on your phone, kindle make different ones, whether it's an I-phone, blackberry etc. Mines a HTC using the Android operating system, whichever it is kindle appears to have an App & there free. Also if you get a kindle reader you can read your books on both devices. Hope that's vaguely helpful.
    Parrish

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  12. I'm squirreling $$ away for a Kindle..I can't believe all of the great free books that are offered. I've downloaded at least 20 for my Kindle app on my iTouch!! Have fun keeping track!

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  13. I didn't know about Many Books! I've used Gutenberg a lot but that one's new to me. Thanks!

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  14. I think I should this one as well!

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  15. Ladystorm: I'm beginning to get a bit more fussy about my used books as I used to buy a lot but now look at the condition too!

    Everyone: do you have a better response for Barb Whittington than mine? I think she means her Adobe Reader.

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  16. It's part of my plan, after reading Sage Cohen's Productive Writer. I'm going to try to keep track of which book I got where so I can organize my reviews.

    btw, Sage is offering a free copy to some lucky commenter on my blog today. Just thought I should let you know.

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