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.
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.
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.
Yay for book bloggers!
What are your April obsessions?