Are you a bookworm? Do you love getting your hands on a new book and can’t wait to devour the juicy story within? Does the scent of an old book make you warm and fuzzy inside? Well, you’re among friends here.
Before eBooks, book loving individuals needed to be proud owners of a library card (or several), have loads of dispensable cash or scrounge around at op shops and garage sales to feed the reading bug.
Another hurdle each bibliophile had to overcome was the storage of these purchased, gifted and swapped books. These delicious doorways into lost worlds and whimsy took up space. The delightful feeling of walking into a room with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves crammed with all manner of books, bound in soft leather and hard covers, almost sends book lovers into fits of pleasure. But realistically, most of us don’t have libraries on the scale of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, despite most of us hoping to get lost in that room for eons with nothing to do but devour those stories.
How many print books do you own?
Look at this glorious library! Who wouldn’t want to spend some time in this room?
I have between 100 and 200 print books at home. Most of them are not new, and most of them are unread.
With the invention of eBooks, the habits of book lovers all over the globe have changed.
Instead of needing physical space for books, we can store hundreds or thousands of books on eBook readers, storing them on electronic shelves in cyberspace. We no longer have to scrounge our spending money to pay premium prices for new release books. Instead, we can get thousands upon thousands of eBooks for a fraction of the cost of print books. Some authors and publishers are even willing to give you copies of their books in return for a review, not to mention the vast amount of self-published eBooks out there for free. eBooks are shiny and sleek and new, and can be taken with you everywhere without breaking your bank or your back. I think I’m getting dizzy!
How many eBooks do you own?
I own well over a thousand eBooks. Let that sink in a little. Over a thousand.
Based upon my reading statistics for the last few years, that is about ten years of reading. Even if I do not obtain any more books, I will be happily reading eBooks until 2025.
Think for a minute on that little piece of information.
Bibliophiles no longer need to worry about having physical space for books. The prices are lower and the books themselves are more obtainable than ever with the electronic age. The amount of books out there is only ever going to increase as it becomes easier and easier to publish eBooks.
If you only need to part with a couple of dollars, instead of $20 or $30, are you not more likely to do so? Does the ease in which this new style of book is available to us impact upon the desire to own them? Do they encourage binge buying episodes? Are our carefully structured rules for control over our voracious reading habits inhibited by the lure of the free or cheap eBooks?
I say yes!
But is a book addiction really an issue?
Book nerd problems – I know and suffer them all!
This topic ties in with the general ‘book addiction’ topic that has been covered in great detail by many others, ranging from book and writing/reading blogs, to book addicts. One I found particularly interesting:
Are you a book addict – ebook or otherwise?