Saturday, August 25, 2012

I miss paperbacks!

Hey, all!  Long time no write!  (I just haven't had time!)

Anyway, today's post is something I've been thinking about since I got back from RWA:  paperback books!  I love them and haven't realized how much I miss them.  Don't get me wrong, I love my digital readers.  I have a Kindle DX and a Kindle fire, Kindle, Nook, and Kobe downloaded to my phone and it seems like millions and millions of books on them that I love to read (at prices I can afford)...but, after coming home from RWA with two boxes worth of paperbacks (and some hardcovers), I've realized how  much I really miss having a tangible copy in my hand of books I love.  Seeing them on my overstuffed bookshelf really makes me happy!

Two of my overstuffed bookshelves.
While I don't really have a lot of room for them (most of those are two or three copies deep) seeing all these books just puts the hugest smile on my face.  I really need more bookshelves, and this coming summer, my BIL is planning to come help us build a library in our dining room/sitting room, if we're still living here.

Anyway, while it's an expensive habit, I'm starting to want to buy copies of many of the books I love and have on my Kindle.

I've already decided I want to buy copies of the Thoughtless Trilogy by S.C. Stephens, Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover, and just purchased ANOTHER print copy of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire (Don't laugh, Victoria - it was there right in front of me at Target; I had to do it.)

I've been fortunate this week alone to get 4 books in the mail - ones I already own on kindle and only two at my expense. 

I won a signed copy of On The Island signed by Tracey Garvis Graves, which I was really excited about.  And also won a copy of Game On by one of my favorite bloggers Kyra Lennon through the awesome Clare Dugmore's blog contest, which arrived last night, much to my excitement. 


And then there are the two books at the bottom, which I was thrilled to get on Monday, not only because I enjoy the stories, but because I designed the covers.  You can see them at the bottom, but here's a close up:


 These are the second and third book I've received in print with my covers on them and I was really excited with the way they turned out.  It makes it feel real that I'm doing this.  Now, I'm telling anyone who buys my services that they should get print covers because I want to buy them.

This was the first cover I saw in print:







All getting these books in the mail has done is make me want to go buy more and more print books.  MOOOORRRREEEE, I say!  I'm like a junkie all of the sudden. 

I can't really afford it on a teacher's salary, but man, I really want them and I usually get what I want.  I'm kind of a spoiled brat that way, although I buy them for myself, with my money, so there's some satisfaction in that.

Anyway, to bring this to a close, I want to know, what are your feelings on the whole digital vs. paperback thing - are you happy to just have digital books or do you still love your paperbacks?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.  Now, I'm off to my first local RWA meeting this morning -  wish me luck!

27 comments:

  1. Digital books are awesome for traveling around, but when I really love a book, I *have* to own it in both digital and physical forms. Impractical? Perhaps. Necessary? Oh, yeah.

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  2. I still like paperbacks too! The biggest reason I have a Kindle is because I can't wait for a trip to the book shop to buy what I want, so I just download it! But I but paperbacks when I can. :D

    So happy that Game On arrived! I love the covers you designed, they are gorgeous!

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    1. I know what you mean. Since they closed Borders, I don't get a chance to buy books much. There's 2 BN's but they're way on the other side of town, and I just don't get over there too much.

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  3. I am a complete digital book convert. I haven't brought a paperback since last year (thought I've won/ been given a couple). My tablet recently broke, and it's killing me not having it. I do a lot of my reading at night, and having an e-reader is easier than having to get up to turn the light off (I'm lazy) or waking people sleeping with me. I actually wrote a piece when I high jacked Arlee Bird's Blog about how I thought digital books are the way of the future.

    What is the Kindle Fire like? I'm in the market for a new tablet, and want one that is more than an e-reader (because I have a Cut The Rope addiction).

    I can completely see the appeal of owning paperback copies of books you've written, designed the cover for, or friends have written. My paperback copy of Kyra's Game On is in pride of place in my bookshelf.

    Love your cover designs, the ones for Toni Aleo's books look fab! :D

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    1. I thought I was until recently.

      I love my Kindle Fire, but when it has lots of books on it, it seems slow to load sometimes. I do love the bright, colorful screen, and with the cover I got, I can prop it up wherever I am, which is awesome.

      Thanks!

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  4. I will admit that I am equally split down the middle when it comes to the digital vs. paperback debate! I love reading on my Kindle (I don't have to come up with any more storage space), but I like the smell, feel and appearance of physical books. I actually want a Kindle Fire, but I have a pretty good computer, so I don't know. And your designs are awesome, btw!

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    1. I'm right where you are. Just when I think digital copies are the way to go, I miss the smell and feel of physical books.

      Thank you!

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  5. I confess, I'm very happy with eBooks and not sad to see print books go. Had way too many occupying too much space in my house anyway. However, I do have several autographed books that I will never get rid of, or my collection of hardback Terry Brooks and Preston & Child books.

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    1. I want a huge library, because I love the look of books (and reading them) but I know that many people don't feel that way. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. *shakes head at her* You're hilarious! I suppose I understand though, Tehe. I like paper, but they are a pain to read while laying down, expensive, and take up so much space. I do plan on getting SC and Colleens stuff when I go to ChiTown though. Mostly because they'll be signed.

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    1. I know what you mean. Pick up some for me while you're at it, and I'll pay you for shipping!?!? ;)

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  7. Digital books are great, but every once in a while I really just want to read a paperback too. I have bought some books on my Kindle, but I also love bookstores. I understand just wanting to hold a book and add to my bookcase. :) I love that you have so many books and congrats on seeing the covers you designed in print!

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    1. Thanks, Krista. I know what you mean! It was exciting seeing something I designed in print - like I said, it made it feel real that I'm actually doing this. Only been at it since January.

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  8. I make D.G.'s words mine too!
    I just bought 2 hardcovers of books I HAVE TO HAVE, you know. And I'm sure I'll buy others, as they come ;)

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    1. Yes, exactly! There are books I have to have in print, and I'll definitely be buying all my NA Sister's books in print when they're available! ;)

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  9. I challenged myself to read mostly new releases this year which means I've been buying books :0) - used to be a library girl. I still don't an e-reader but did download Kindle for Mac, but reading on my laptop is awkward and not something I gravitate toward.

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    1. Yes, reading on a laptop is hard. I don't know why, but I've rarely checked out books from the library. I love new books and I love knowing they're mine. :D

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  10. Actual books will always win for me! I do have a tablet, but I'm yet to actually read anything on it - it just isn't the same. I love having books everywhere :)

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    1. Me, too! Like I said, it just makes me happy to see them!

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  11. Tangible books for the win. That is all.

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  12. I love my ebooks but NOTHING beats a real one. I just wish they were as cheap as some of the ebooks :D

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    1. I know, I know. It would make me feel less guilty to have to have the print books if they were cheaper. Lord knows, there's other things I have to do with that money.

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  13. I am such a paper back girl! I ran out of book shelf space, long, long ago. LOL

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    1. Paperbacks, FTW! :D

      Yeah, I really really need more space.

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