I make no secret of the fact that I love my Kindle Paperwhite. It makes books so portable that I’m reading more than ever. I love my cover too—I have the persimmon-colored cover pictured below.
One of the things that made me hesitate to buy a Kindle was that I was afraid I’d spend a lot of money on books. Since I was a heavy user of our library system, I was not accustomed to paying for fiction.
Turns out I needn’t have worried. Some Kindle books are available via my library’s system—and I don’t have to leave the house to check them out. But thanks to Bookbub, I’m downloading free books practically daily. And there’s the rub.
Bookbub (which I enthused about in a blog post last summer) sends me an email every day with a selection of free and discounted Kindle books available that day in the genres I selected. I limit myself to the free ones. And there’s usually at least one each day that appeals to me.
So what’s the problem? I have so many books on my Kindle I can’t separate the wheat from the chaff. When I finish the library book I’m reading now, how will I know which one to select?
I tried creating a spreadsheet that ranked the books I had so I could simply start reading the next one on the list. But it’s not realistic to keep that up on a daily basis, especially since I can’t rank books against one another if I can’t tell from the title what a book is about.
I’m pretty sure that if a client were having this problem (be it with electronic books or paper books or other items) and asked me for advice, I’d tell her to stop buying books. I’d talk with her about how there’s a cost to acquiring and keeping even free things.
Perhaps that’s what I need to do. Stop downloading free books. I’m sure there will be free books available after I’ve read the approximately 100 books on my Kindle that I haven’t yet read. At some point, I could revisit my spreadsheet and keep using it until I’ve read all the books I want.
The overabundance of books on my Kindle was starting to stress me out a little. Now that I’ve resolved to stop downloading new books until I’ve read the majority of books on the device, I can breathe easier.