This question comes via my former client, and brilliant writer, Jennifer Hubbard.
For those of you who now have an e-reader, how have your book buying habits changed? Did you instantly convert to almost all e-reading? Do you still buy print books? Is it 50/50? Did you give up on the e-reader?
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When I got the e-reader, I thought I'd only buy "disposable" books on it–Star Wars novels (I can't seem to stop reading them!), books I was only sort of interested in, stuff like that.
However, I find that I almost entirely buy e-books now. For academic books (I'm a HS English teacher and Literature Grad student in addition to wannabe writer), I still buy print versions; the Kindle's notes functionality isn't useful to me. I also buy books in print that my wife will read as well, because she's not really interested in her own e-reader, and I refuse to loan her mine as it goes everywhere with me. So Jim Butcher's Dresden series I still get in hardcopy, and a few others. Mostly, though, I'm on the Kindle.
I live overseas right now, and am trying to reduce the bulk of possessions I'll have to send home at the end of my contract. If/when I live in the US again I'll probably buy a few more print books.
Actually, what I notice most is that high-priced Kindle books– the ones that cost more than any of the print editions– usually just make me resolve to get the book in question from the library instead.