eReader Book Tag

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I found this tag on Destiny at Howling Libraries' blog.  Of course I had to do it.  Other people might be on the fence on the whole eReader thing but I have fully converted and unless my life dramatically changes I don't see me going back to physical books.

I got my first kindle in 2007. I was living in an isolated Yu'pick village in Alaska and had just gotten my first job overseas.  I was facing the prospect of having to ship a few thousand physical books to Mongolia and the price tag was staggering.  It just seemed like providence that the Kindle came out just then.  It was as if someone had been sitting in a room somewhere planning what the perfect electronic device for Tara would be.  Spending that 399$ on the device and however much on the books payed for itself several times over the first time I moved and didn't have to ship my books.  In the last ten years I have moved five times (six if you count moving all my things to my mothers house between Alaska and Mongolia for eight weeks). Four of the moves have been to a new continent. 


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What support do you use to read your e-books? An e-reader, a tablet, or the PC? 

I have a kindle.  I have had a kindle since 2007 when the first one came out.  I think I have had 5?  I almost exclusively read on that although I have the kindle app on my phone and my computer. I use the computer app to find quotes from books for blog posts but not really to read on. I have read a couple on my iPad


How many e-books have you read since you started the new “digital fashion”?

Holy crap, I don't even know.  Let's do the math. I have had my kindle for ten years. I read almost exclusively on my kindle and I read about 300 books a year.  That adds up to about 3000.  


What is the language of your ebooks?

English. I have Harry Potter and a couple other books in German.  The Aenid in Latin. 

As someone who lives internationally this is super sad. 


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Buy them or take advantage of free promotions and books?

I just spent a bunch on kindle cyber week deals. and also preordered a couple of books that I NEEDED.  So both.  Let's just say that the publishing industry makes a whole hell of a lot of money off of me. #doingmypart #thankgodIhavenoothervices I just spent a bunch on kindle cyber week deals.


Do you enjoy reading classics or new authors?

I will read classics occasionally but I don't seek them out the way that I do new authors. I don't seek out old classics because they are often free.  


How many e-books do you have?

I just looked. 3701. It is possible that I need an intervention.


What is your biggest supplier of ebooks?

Amazon.  Which is annoying because Amazon is such a behemoth. I would like to switch to an independent version of ebooks so if anyone has an idea of where to look for those let me know.


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Did you completely adhere to the Digital Reading or do you still live in the Age of the Physical Book?

I am almost 100% digital at this point.  I love so much about physical books but with the whole living overseas things I just can't.  Of course I miss having them around me and being able to see the covers (it is so hard to remember what you are reading on a kindle!). I can't really even think about starting a bookstagram account (I don't have the talent but what if I wanted to?) But every time that I travel and don't have to pack a thousand books I renew my commitment to my kindle.  Not to mention the fact that getting books in English in China is more than a little difficult.  My kindle might not be romantic but it has kept me in books for the last decade and that's enough for me.


Have you made the switch? Do you read some of both?  Do you have a preference?

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