TSS: The e-TBR pile?
Today, I’ll be posting in the category “Truly minor things that aren’t really a problem for any sane person but which are bugging me nevertheless.” And the topic is “How do I count e-books towards my book acquisitions/TBR pile numbers?”
Thus far, I have only counted unread books that are physically in my possession towards my TBR pile. (And only books that I’m going to actually read, too; I haven’t read every word in The Riverside Shakespeare or in most of my textbooks, but those don’t get counted towards my TBR total.) Wishlisted books, audiobooks, and library books didn’t count. Before I had a Kindle, this way of accounting worked just fine. But now I’m forced to figure out how to deal with e-books.
One solution, the solution I’ve been using up to now, is to ignore my e-book acquisitions altogether. I’m an indiscriminate downloader of free e-books, even ones that I don’t have much interest in reading any time soon. (My rationale is that storage is cheap, so I may as well get them while they’re free in case I change my mind later, and in any case I’ll be glad of my overloaded Kindle when the zombie apocalypse comes.) I’m not going to start counting all of these books towards my TBR pile. I’m just not.
But this past week, for the first time, I actually paid money for an e-book. (Gasp!) I’m unlikely to make a habit out of it, but one of my wishlisted books – The Fiddler’s Gun by A. S. Peterson – went on sale for $0.99. Can’t pass that up! But now I’m left trying to figure out how to count it, and any similar future cases, towards my TBR pile total. It’s definitely a book that’s To Be Read – I paid good cash monies for it, after all – but it’s also not occupying space in the pile the way a physical book would, which is why I started the TBR count in the first place.
So, do I suck it up and add a +1 to my increasing TBR book count? Continue ignoring it? Start a separate eTBR pile? How do you folks with e-readers deal with this sort of thing? Or am I just being needlessly obsessive over nothing, and I should stop caring how many books I acquire, no matter what format they’re in?
Next week on the “problems that aren’t really real problems at all” series: “Why can’t I ever find my damn pair of kitchen scissors when I need them?”
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