Musing Mondays is quite interesting today:
“A blog I frequent suggested I check out several articles of interest… one of them which happened to be this one: “Trendspotting: Readers’ Spending On Books“. So — being the avid reader & book junkie that I am — I couldn’t help but click over and read the short piece about readers’ current spending habits.
My questions for today are ones that are asked at the end of this particular article: What are your responses to this report? Does it match with what you –as a reader– have observed? With your own buying habits? When was the last time you bought a book? What did you buy and why?”
The tl;dr of the article is that people are buying fewer books, people are paying less for the books they buy, hardcover sales are down, and Amazon and other e-retailers are up.
And I’m not surprised by any of that. It’s a tough economy, books aren’t really a need for most people, and of course libraries are doing pretty okay right now lending out to people who need books to breathe. And of course e-retail is up, with its lack of sales tax and often free shipping and especially with the proliferation of free and cheap e-books.
My own buying habits, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m sure, involve only buying books new when I’ve read and loved them. I’ll stock up on maybe books at a cheap-pants booksale, but my big dollars go to the books and authors that I adore. But right now I don’t have a lot of big dollars, so often I wait until I have gift cards to buy anything and then still try to find things on a decent sale so that I can stretch those free moneys.
So most of my books come from libraries. And if I had an e-reader, which I am seriously thinking about once I’m gainfully employed again, it would be of the sort that can read library e-books because again, I don’t want to pay for things I don’t love, and also the things I do love, I want to be able to lend out to others to read.
The last time I bought a book… I bought Life as We Knew It and Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging from the library booksale a while back — the first is a loved book, the second a maybe that turned out to be awesome. And I’ve got several moneys in Barnes and Noble gift cards that I am figuring out how to spend. At the moment, it looks like I’m going to grab up John Green‘s novels, but I’m not sure what else. Time to page through my list of loved books!