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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Tell Me Something Tuesday: To buy or not to buy? This is the question

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Question: Do you ever buy physical copies of your NetGalley/Edelweiss approvals?

Answer: Back when I was reading more arc's I did! Most of my arc's came from BEA or ALA though rather than e-arc's from the review sites.

A few reasons I might have bought a final copy:

📚 I really loved a book or author I bought a copy for my keeper shelf. 

📚 The finished copy had a nicer cover than the arc

📚 I had earlier finished copies from the series so I liked to match

📚 I thought it would be a frequent re-read (back in the days when I re-read books) 

📚 To support an author. After all, an arc is not a sale. 

These days I barely buy any books at all. Nor do I request reviews copies or get arc's very often. Most of my books - close to 90% come from the library. I also have Kindle Unlimited so those are technically free but you pay for the membership and I get a few monthly audio arc's from Libro.fm. 

On very rare occasions I'll buy a book I'm pretty sure I'll love but from an independent bookstore to try to show my support during this hellish year(s).

The other reason is I just don't want to collect books anymore. Am I even allowed to admit that as a book blogger?? lol

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How about you? Do you buy finished copies of your faves after you review them?



27 comments:

  1. You are great but the answer for me is no. But then again, I don't buy a lot of books either.

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    1. Not so great...I bought maybe 3 books this year lol

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  2. I only buy and read e-books, so I don't buy physical copies at all. If I enjoyed the arc I do buy my own copy of the e-book, particularly from indie publishers/authors.

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    1. When I do buy these days, it's more w-books than physical.
      But I don't think I'd buy a permanent copy ebook after an ARC because I guess I'd feel like I already had that format? And because I tend to forget my ebooks unless I read them right away.
      I just don't but many books at all anymore.

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  3. It's exceedingly rare that I request arcs anymore, but when I did I didn't often buy the physical book. Only if it was a favorite author and a book I really loved. Outside of arcs, I do still buy physical books on occasion, but again, it's a very small handful of special authors and I'm fairly certain I will love the book. Otherwise, I read from my shelves or use Overdrive and Hoopla.

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    1. Same. When I moved, I had to clear out 100's of books and it just snapped something inside of me. Lol

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  4. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? No, I hear you, I have hardly been to the library for 1,5 years, but I have read SO many books from there

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    1. It's all audio and a few ebooks. I don't go either.

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  5. I don't collect like I used to either although if I REALLY like a book, or love the cover or whatever I'll buy it. Not as much as I used to though.

    You guys started Panic? YESS. I know it gets kinda silly but how about ray and Heather huh? :):)

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    1. I was very anti Ray and Heather but now I'm not so sure lol

      We have two episodes left!

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  6. I have not been buying that many physical books either. Been using the library a LOT more!

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    1. Same. I didn't have Hoopla or Libby in FL. It's been a game changer.

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  7. I hae actually been wanting to build better collection in books now more than in times past haha I normally will buy books if I love it as an ARC so I can own it and its also a way to support my favorite authors.

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    1. I don't really do arc's anymore but the library has been wonderful

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  8. Back in the day "I had earlier finished copies from the series so I liked to match" was the top reason I would purchase finished copies after reading ARCs. But now, I don't display books any longer and I love my ereader/audiobooks.

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    1. That's kind of how I was. And I re-read a lot so keeping books around made more sense. And I did like to support authors. The arc's are great but it's not a sale.

      But I had to get rid of so many books in the move and now I just have no desire to have so many.

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  9. No I don't. One thing, I just have no more room for more books. lol

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    1. After purging hundreds to move out here, I have no desire to have that many again.

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  10. "The other reason is I just don't want to collect books anymore. Am I even allowed to admit that as a book blogger?? lol"
    You...don't...want...😱
    😂

    I reread less than I used to since I have more books available via EW/NG now, not to mention, the more books I buy, the less time I have to revisit them, but I still do - and I need my books around me.

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    1. I still have shelves of books. Probably about 100 total (60-ish I need to read, the rest keepers) but I've gone more with library books and also audio. If I really loved a book I would buy it because I like to flip back to favorite passages.

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  11. I only buy hardcovers of ARCs from authors I know. Like all the different editions of Intisar Khanani's books I have. Ha ha. Because of space restrictions I usually buy an ebook of the books I think I will re-read. I also have bought paperbacks of ARCs I think my son will like (he hates ebooks). An exception is I'd like to buy all the Practical Magic books in hardcover. I have all of them as eARCs except for Practical Magic. 📚

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    1. That's one thing I forgot to mention - if I love a book and will be re-reading I only like physical copies. I like to be able to flip to my favorite parts and skim around.

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  12. I live in a really small condo unit, so space is really an issue :( That's why I don't buy physical physical books anymore, thank God for kindle I can still buy and collect books even not physically lol. But sometimes I can't help but buy books of my favorite authors if I see one in our local bookstore. Right now I try to only visit when I don't have money so I won't be able to buy anything hahhha.

    xx
    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

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    1. lol I used to go to more signings and that's when I collected books.

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  13. I sometimes buy copies of an ARC I enjoyed when it's one I'd want to re-read. One, to support the author and, two, I'm a snot when it comes to ARC formatting when re-reading, lol. Often, I buy them on kindle sales though unless it's one I want on the physical bookshelf.

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    1. I've never re-read an arc. The formatting doesn't bother me in the arc (after all it's an arc) but good point. I would just want to read it in it's final form anway.

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