I was so interested to read the responses people had to the ‘what device are you reading on?‘ story! And it had me wondering, as a follow-up question, what exactly it is that people are reading on these devices. Where are you getting your books these days? Here are my main sources, roughly in order of most frequent to least frequent.
1) The Public Library. Our public library rents out an extensive collection of ePub and PDF eBooks. I check out the new releases at least once a week. I can read them without interference on my iPhone or iPad via the Overdrive app, and they can be finessed to be read on my Kindle with minimal technical interventions.
2) The Kindle Store. I subscribe to BookBub and several “deal of the day” type email lists, and have gotten several gems—and plentiful amounts of crapola—that way. I also enjoy a few specialty genres in which my library is not well-stocked, so although I bought fewer books this year, I actually spent about the same since some of my poetry and religion books were a little bit expensive.
3) Humble Bundle. I have bought a few of these for the sake of one or two books, and then inherited several others thanks to the bundling strategy. This has artificially inflated my TBR pile as some of these books, I have no plans to read. Often though, the bundle has enough which interests me to make it worth my while, and I enjoy supporting the various causes these bundles raise money for.
4) Other Sources. I also get the occasional book through Project Gutenberg freebies, websites such as Delphi Classics and other indie vendors, and very seldom, an author website.
I do not buy from Kobo. I loathe their iOS app and find their downloadable ePubs to be glitchy and error-prone.
So that’s my bookshelf. How about yours?