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View Poll Results: Do you hoard ebooks for retirement?
Yes. I would have done (or do) so with paper books as well. 20 10.81%
Yes, but I would NOT have done so with paper books. 18 9.73%
No, not for retirement... but... uh... I hoard (e)books anyway. 113 61.08%
No, I don't hoard. Not ebooks, not paper books. 34 18.38%
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:18 PM   #91
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Ebooks already do go out of print. Eg look for ebook editions of Ellis Peters' "Brother Cadfael" series today and you won't find them, but you could have bought them a couple of months ago. That's why, if I come across a book or a series which interests me, I buy it. If I don't, there's no guarantee it'll be available when I want to read it.
Not to mention that some freebies and deals become full priced books a few months later
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:31 PM   #92
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No, nooo! Stop it! Don't make me remember that backlog. It hurts!

Grrrrr... can I give negative Karma?!
Hahaha.

I sold most of my backlog once I had kids and realized I didn't have that much time any more between kids, school and work. Now that the kids are older, and I only have work, I've got a bit more time. I've learned that I tend to *actually* only play a few games a year, just a lot of hours.

Somehow I never have much book backlog. I think it's because they go everywhere.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:44 PM   #93
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................................. That's why, if I come across a book or a series which interests me, I buy it. If I don't, there's no guarantee it'll be available when I want to read it.
Absolutely - and no need to worry about storage, even if you've come up with a huge number, providing your reader accepts cards.

( Anyway, it does provide the perfect excuse to buy another reader ...... )
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:51 PM   #94
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Not to mention that some freebies and deals become full priced books a few months later
Or tomorrow. In general, unless it's part of a series that I must read right now, I won't buy anything for full price anymore because my backlist may well outlive me.
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:14 PM   #95
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I said to myself not two days ago that I wasn't gonna download anymore freebies and then yesterday I buy two books on sale.

I keep thinking what if I miss a freebie... I can't seem to help myself
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:52 PM   #96
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I said to myself not two days ago that I wasn't gonna download anymore freebies and then yesterday I buy two books on sale.

I keep thinking what if I miss a freebie... I can't seem to help myself
I suppose freebies are okay to hoard, since they don't cost anything. Myself, I've slowed down a lot getting them, since I never read them. If I want a free book, I can just borrow from the library.
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:05 PM   #97
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I have a 'Last Donut in the Box' pile that I'm saving back for a rainy (or retirement) day - Unread works by favorite authors.

Slaughterhouse Five and The Penultimate Truth are at the top, and I've been resisting them for years, even though I've had various pbook and epub copies in my collection.

Because once I read those, there's no more new Vonnegut or Philip K. Dick left for me to read, and that will be a sad day indeed.
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:22 PM   #98
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:11 PM   #99
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I suppose freebies are okay to hoard, since they don't cost anything. Myself, I've slowed down a lot getting them, since I never read them. If I want a free book, I can just borrow from the library.
I've slowed down on the number of freebies I pick up too, but still think it's worth keeping an eye on them. I've currently got around 400 free books in my Calibre library, I don't expect to ever read them all, butI 'ordered' K.A.R.M.A in January 2012 and have just read it a year later. It's £4/$6 now, and I'll certainly consider buying other books by this author in future. Hoard them while they are free and read them at your leisure (or not at all).
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:26 PM   #100
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Hoard them while they are free and read them at your leisure (or not at all).
lol... I have become more discriminating about the freebies :-)
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:23 PM   #101
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Life is too short to read a poor book. But......
You don't know if it is any good until you read at least some of it.
So, if it is free, you might as well grab it rather than read the sample first.
Then Alf it, Stick it in Calibre, let it clamber up to whatever cloud you favour.
Then whenever you want to see if it is worth reading, it still hasn't cost you any significant amount of time or money.
My mobile phone service has just given me free unlimited cloud storage (well, in the fine print it says 9.99 terabytes.....) and I have a few USB hard drives in the fire safe.
What's not to like about hoarding? No need to dust the ebooks!
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:43 AM   #102
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:26 AM   #103
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....ew.

Is it necessary to inject random sexual violence jokes into otherwise pleasant conversations about ebooks? I, for one, could do without it.

If people could bear in mind that this isn't a locker room, that would be great. Cheers.
really? go knit or something

I snag lots of freebies and have hundreds on my tbr list. there are some authors that I have, keep and will continue to buy and read pretty much forever. I gave up keeping current on the wheel of time series well before Jordan died, I'm just stockpiling everything until the series is done and will re-read the series AGAIN and finish it. same thing with the martin books
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:36 AM   #104
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I suppose freebies are okay to hoard, since they don't cost anything. Myself, I've slowed down a lot getting them, since I never read them. If I want a free book, I can just borrow from the library.
I'm in Montreal and it is hard to get a decent selection of english books at the library. I would be lost without my ebooks.
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:21 AM   #105
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So, do you hoard books for your retirement?
I'm not hoarding but buying faster than I can read. So I have a library for myself from which I know that I can't read each and every book during my lifetime if I don't want to skip social life. Even then, I guess that my reading rate will decrease given the strain for the eyes now as compared to my thirties. But if you accept that life is too short anyway it's nice to have a choice at hand when thinking about the next book to read. And I like it if my visitors stand with open mouth between my bookshelves, pondering about kN/m2. Well, they are less impressed by my flash cards

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