Hi, my name is Mike, and I hoard ebooks.
It all started when I bought my first ereader, first gen Nook. I have since upgraded that to a Nook simple touch and added a Kindle paper white. I also own a tablet and read ebooks on all three, sometimes in the same day. I still enjoy collecting hard copies of books and have several book shelves in my home full of books, but the convenience of ebooks and ereaders is undeniable.
Then there came the offer of free ebooks. Bookbub offers several free ebooks every day. Amazon makes it easy to search their catalog for free ebooks and many authors offer free ebooks on their blogs. I have also joined several review sites like NetGalley and Booksneeze that offer free ebooks in exchange for reviews. There are many places to get free ebooks and now I have gigabits of ebooks staked on my devices.
Every ebook that I downloaded, I did so with the full intention of reading. It was only recently that I realized I could never read them all even if I stopped getting any new ones. I currently have enough ebooks to read to last me several life times of reading. Not to mention the hard copy books that are stacking up on my shelves that I want to read. There was a time that every book on my shelf I had read at one time or another, there is no way I can say that now.
I feel like I am letting those authors down. Now that I have finished a first draft of a novel and will be starting the first rewrite next week, I understand partly how much work goes into producing a finished novel. I want to be able to read all these books from cover to cover and then write reviews to tell others about the gems I have come across. These authors deserve to get recognition for their hard work and I do not have enough time to do that. Yet I will continue to download and amass an unreadable amount of ebooks.
Please tell me I am not alone. Fellow hoarders of ebooks, speak up and tell me how to cope with the guilt of not reading these works of art. How can I give credit and show appreciation to these authors? I do not want to give false reviews, but I can’t read them all.
Until next time…