Obsessed: Quirky’s Bookish Must Have’s For April

Obsessed

My April obsessions are a little bit more home-grown in that I’ve loved these sources for a while but finally dedicated a post to them today.

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E-Reader/ Amazon Kindle

I’m a firm believer in ebooks. Why? I live in The Bahamas. We have 3 bookstores on my islands and they sell more bibles and self-help books than real, actual fiction or non-fiction sort of books. Oh and porn, they sell that too. Great huh? So when this thing called the e-reader was invented I was super excited. Why? Because finally I could read a book when it came out. Finally I could buy a book I wanted and did not have to wait months till I knew someone who went to the USA or had to pay ridiculously high fees in shipping and customs.

This was a god send. I prefer the Amazon Kindle despite the disgusting conglomerate that is Amazon because (1) it’s affordable (I’m 23 and broke, trying to save money for grad school and helping out my family) and (2) Amazon takes international credit cards and cash. Yup. It’s that simple. I’d do B & N but they make life difficult for non-Americans and there is the Kobo, but isn’t that Canadian? Point is. I read more on my e-reader these days than I do in print. Most of that isn’t by choice or by necessity as I still LOVE my physical books and when I read something I really like in ebook format, I add it to the list of books I want to buy in physical format. I still have a sexy bookshelf, the e-reader didn’t kill that.

NetGalley.Com

Now I come to the gods of the ebook world. OK, so they aren’t but NetGalley has fed my bookish addictions for a while now. My biggest problem with this service is that the books expire if you don’t read them by the archive date and man, there are so many books I want to read from there but never have the time. So many books. So little time. Catch? Have to be a book store person or librarian or book blogger.

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Yay for book bloggers!

What are your April obsessions?

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About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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6 Responses to Obsessed: Quirky’s Bookish Must Have’s For April

  1. I used to HATE the idea of ereaders. I couldn’t believe people were dropping physical books for electronic ones. However, I have a serious reading problem and had a bad habit of reading the first book in a series until the wee hours of the morning then IMMEDIATELY needing the second book. So, I eventually got my Nook…and then a Kindle. I understand now why having an ereader can definitely rock!

    And, oh my great goodness, I don’t know how I never knew about Netgallery (so thanks for that)!

  2. I LOVE my kindle! I live in a big city, so there are at least 5 bookstores within a 30 minute train ride, but I’m just soooo lazy. I don’t want to leave my house! So… I often buy books on the kindle instead and I just love it. I have the Kindle Paperwhite and it’s amazing because it has the built in light, it’s so beautiful.

    Oh, and I LOVE NetGalley. Have you ever heard of Edelweiss?? They’re similar to NetGalley, but have more books. The bad thing about them is that they’re way pickier with what books they approve and what they don’t and you have to actually write WHY you want the book. But their books are pretty awesome, so I think it’s worth it. Here’s the link: http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/

  3. Kelley says:

    Wow, I’m so glad you have an ereader, because it sounds like the local bookstores aren’t good for much. And Netgalley goes pretty perfectly with that! 😀

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      Our local bookstores aren’t good for much at ALL. It’s hard for most people to fathom but books are luxury goods and down here it’s just not a priority. Unless you count the bible and I don’t count it.

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