Monday, September 23, 2013

[Coffee Shop Talk] Where Do Your Books Come From?

Q: Books, where do you get yours from? 
Do you buy your own or work strictly off of review requests? 
Do you ask for ARCs from publishers or just request 
from Netgalley and such?

I think 80% of the books I read come from digital ARCs through Netgalley, Edelweiss, and from authors. I have become a big ebook junkie because I love being able to use the highlight feature and I love how easy it is to take notes. I do receive physical ARCs or review copies from my favorite publishers (Tor, Orbit & DAW), but I don't get quite as excited about them as I used to.


When I purchase physical books they come from my local bookstore, Reading Rock, that's just a few minutes away, a large used book store in Nashville called McKay, or Books-A-Million. I always make sure and purchase physical copies of any ARCs that I've read and given a 4 1/2 or 5 star rating to. This is to support my favorite authors, but it's also because being able to see them lined up on my book shelf makes me happy ;-) 


I don't borrow books from my local library because the selection is poor and I'm not a fan of waiting lists and I very rarely win books or borrow them from friends. There just aren't that many people I know in RL that read the same genres that I do. 

Oh, and I almost forgot about audio books! 4 or 5 of the books I purchase every month come from Audible or Some are from my monthly credits and others are deals that I find.

So what about you? Where do your books come from?



Keep-Calm Read-Romance said...

Even before I signed up to be a Prime Member, I would say that 90% of all of my books came from Amazon. I always find the best deals on eBooks & physical books from Amazon. There's a used bookstore about 10 minutes away from my house that I love to support but since most of the books that I have been reading has been Indie I always end up shopping on Amazon. Having that Prime Membership really helps and I think the $80 I paid for the subscription (it comes with FREE 2-day shipping) has been well worth it.

Debbie @ Keep calm & read Romance

Jane Hanbury said...

I borrow from the library, I used to accept reviews but not currently, I buy from charity shops bookfairs and enter the odd competition. I occasionally buy new when feeling flush ;)

Traci Horton said...

I would say 95% of mine are digital copies either purchased or an ARC like yours and like you, if I've really enjoyed the ARC then I'm purchasing the book to support the author...but it's still in a digital format as much as possible. I just don't have the physical space anymore :(

Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

Jennifer TheBookNympho said...

70% purchased by me (ebooks, print and audiobooks being the biggest part (at least this year).

The rest is a combo of NG, Edelweiss, Library, and review requests.

I've not really gotten into requesting books from publishers. I've only requested a handful in the 2+ years I've been blogging.

Braine TS said...

I very rarely buy books nowadays, the amount of ebooks available in EW & NG is enough to fill 1,001 nights worth of reading PLUS it's cheap & I'm a cheapskate. With the amount of books I read I could easily break bank so I have to do it smart.

Danielle Romero said...

bummer that your library selection is weak. I use mine all the time

fishgirl182 said...

I also get a good amount of digital ARCS but I also buy a lot for my Kindle and frequent the library about once a week. I am lucky because I have a good library near me and a really good city system as well. I can get almost anything through them. I have Audible, too, but am super behind on listening. And of course there's always B&N and the occasional trip to Mysterious Galaxy.

Neyra said...

As of right now, my books are coming from Netgalley, Amazon (freebies), authors/publishers or the library. I hate not being able to buy some books, but at least I don't get to miss out on some of my anticipated reads (:

Amanda P said...

A lot of my books are from NetGalley and Edelweiss but I also purchase books from Amazon and download freebies. I do have a favorite local bookstore "Changing Hands Books Store" in Phoenix. I love it there. =)

-Amanda P

Where the Night Kind Roam

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