First of all, the sad truth: I don’t own many physical books anymore.
This is due to different reasons, the biggest one being that I moved overseas almost 4 years ago. With just one suitcase. I sold or gave away absolutely everything in my apartment, apart from a few items that were very important to me (my parents kept them and sent them after me) and what I was able to squeeze into my suitcase. As precious as my books were to me – I wasn’t able to take them. Believe me, it broke my heart – I’ve collected a lot for about 20 years and it wasn’t easy & involved a lot of crying -.-‘
In Australia everything is a little more expensive than in Germany. I earn a lot more, so it doesn’t make such a big difference in the end, but it still needed some getting used to. I never spent more than 10 Euro on a Paperback. And more often than not, I spent only around 5! Now I have to pay between 20$ and 30$ and for a Hardcover even more.
In almost 4 years I bought 48 physical books. I probably bought about the same amount or even more in Germany within just 1 year. It has a good side-effect though, as my TBR is almost non-existent.
So where do I get my physical copies from?
- Bookdepository –> No delivery fee! Which is great! And they often have good offers – the books are slightly cheaper than at the local book stores
- Dymocks –> I walk past one on my way to work and sometimes I can’t resist. Mostly, when they have a book that’s on my wishlist & it has a really beautiful cover
- Second-hand book stores –> Sometimes. I can’t stand it, if books smell weird. I got a couple of Stephen King novels from there though, in really good quality!
Back in Germany, I mostly ordered from amazon, as books were very cheap there and the delivery never took long. Nowadays I only use amazon to order ebooks, which I do a lot. I don’t know the exact number, but I probably own more ebooks now than physical books. I love my Kindle Paperwhite!!
So how do I decide whether to get an ebook or a physical book? It’s random^^ I do need about half as ebooks and half as physical books. If they are very pretty and by one of my favourite authors, I need them on my shelf to look at^^ But I also do need ebooks, so I can read in the evenings when it’s getting dark and Mr. DZ doesn’t want to switch on the lights while he’s watching something on TV (he hates it for some reason^^). I also prefer taking my Kindle on holidays, just because I like to pack lightly and save on fees for heavy luggage 😀
Where do you normally get your books? And do you prefer books or ebooks or both? Let me know 🙂