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View Poll Results: How many unread ebooks do you own?
1-10 21 38.89%
10-25 4 7.41%
25-50 7 12.96%
50-100 2 3.70%
> 100 15 27.78%
It's not my fault. I'm obsessive/compulsive. 11 20.37%
It's not my fault. I'm excessive/compulsive. 13 24.07%
I'm too scared to count them and find out! 8 14.81%
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:18 PM   #1
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How many unread ebooks do you own? (excluding freebee's)

With fictionwise discounts popping up monthly and BoB gift certificate sales, etc., how many unread ebooks do you have in your collection? (excluding freebee's i.e. classics.)

Do you actually expect to read all of them? (Of course)

Why do you keep buying books when you already have so many unread books? (I can't help it. I'm obsessive/compulsive.)
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:35 PM   #2
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27 from Amazon, 12 of which were < $2.00. 18 from Fictionwise. Oops -- forgot to count the ones I bought from Baen's Webscription site. I think that now pushes me over from the 25-50 into the 50-100 category.

I tell myself that I'm just like a squirrel -- storing up nuts for the winter. I figure that if I ever have to live on a reduced income, I won't have to worry about having good books to read.

I'm not worried about it too much, though. I've read 58 books so far this year, 25 of which were electronic books. Last year, I read 140 books, 55 of which were electronic books.
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:57 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=Angst;495051

Do you actually expect to read all of them? (Of course)

Why do you keep buying books when you already have so many unread books? (I can't help it. I'm obsessive/compulsive.)[/QUOTE]


I think of my Kindle like I think of my paper library.

Whether or not I've read them is not important, nor is how many I have. They are there because I will eventually read or re-read them.

I don't count the books in my paper library.......nor do I count them in my Kindle.

Unfortunately, Calibre lets me know exactly how many books I have.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:03 PM   #4
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Where's the option for zero? Everything I have on the unread list is a freebie, except for hitting the "donation" button at the author sites.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:14 PM   #5
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I buy a half dozen books, read two or three, and then buy a half dozen more.

I probably only have six or eight (purchased) unread ebooks right now, but I've ordered books only about three times in the few months I've had my device. If I keep this up, I'll have a whole stack of unread books in no time!

I do plan to read them all, but my purchases tend to be in genres and as my moods change, I want different books.

Hopefully soon I'll have samples of every style that I like to read and I won't have to place orders every time I feel like reading a different type of book.
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:47 PM   #6
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I snap up any freebee that interests me (many are *not* classics) so I have a good 200 freebee books awaiting me, but books I paid for? About 6, and all were bought on special.
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:57 PM   #7
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If I buy a book it's because I REALLY want to read it, so it doesn't hang around long. The freebies are a bit different, they're there for emergencies (or when I can't be bothered to go to the library!).

Because of the BoB gift certificate offer I have a couple of books I haven't read yet, but that's really unusual for me. I generally read library books or swap with family & friends, and since I got my reader I've gone back to reading classics, so I don't spend lots on books.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:18 PM   #8
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Do you actually expect to read all of them?

Why do you keep buying books when you already have so many unread books?
Yes, I'll at least /start/ reading them all. I've recently started to /not finish/ books if I get half way and I'm not really enjoying it.


Why? Because they were there?

I'm currently trying not to buy more ebooks, since I have a one year supply or more at the moment. But then there's the subscriptions - Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, Universe, Grantville Gazette - which bring in another four each month. And very special offers at Fictionwise. And /must read now/ releases from Baen.

But I've certainly cut down recently....
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:24 PM   #9
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I buy it and then i read it as soon as possible. Usually i have not more than two unread ebooks in my collection...
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:53 PM   #10
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:21 PM   #11
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:31 PM   #12
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Unread ebooks on my Reader is a small issue (a few dozen) compared to the unread pbooks on my shelves (a few hundred). I offer no excuses and feel no remorse. Can one have too many flowers? And wouldn't having too few books to read be the real tragedy?
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:37 PM   #13
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Unread ebooks on my Reader is a small issue (a few dozen) compared to the unread pbooks on my shelves (a few hundred). I offer no excuses and feel no remorse. Can one have too many flowers? And wouldn't having too few books to read be the real tragedy?
I'm the exact opposite; very few unread pbooks but quite a few unread e-books.

I think that the reason for this is the availability of free e-books. If I pay for a pbook, I make damn sure I read it; with e-books, there is so much free stuff out there that I tend to download stuff on the off chance that I'll enjoy it and so build up a bit of a backlog.
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:20 PM   #14
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:13 PM   #15
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