Book Hoarder and Book Lover

@litchat had a discussion recently about book lovers and book hoarder, based on this post.

A book hoarder is someone who buys books and holds on to them. Lots of people do this, I think.

eReaders and eReader apps make this easy. But less obvious. (No rooms, tables and floors covered with books.)

A book lover is just someone who loves books. For knowledge, for pleasure, for how it feels to hold, for the words inside, for any number of reasons. But, I imagine, a book lover doesn’t necessarily hoard books.

Me, if I could, I would be book hoarder. If I had the space. A lot of book lovers would, I think.

It’s interesting, because I’ve always assumed all book lovers are also book hoarders. Or would be book hoarders, if it was possible.

Right at the moment, I have more book ARCs than normally published books. That’s because I’ve ended up donating/giving away/throwing away/selling other books. (That’s hard to do with ARCs) And textbooks. I got a few of those, too.

I guess that doesn’t make me a hoarder? But I do have an eReader and that could turn me into a hoarder. If I had actual physical copies of all the books in my eReader, every surface would be covered in books. So maybe that makes me a hoarder.

I don’t know. Do you hoard books?

 

F is for Fan Girl

I am a fan. I am a fan of lots of things – Beyonce, The Gates, Spiderman. Nail Polish.

But I only go fan-girl crazy for some books, some characters. You know. When you countdown to the release date, read all the excerpts, all the snippets, and then get it the day it comes out? (Or when the library gets it when pockets are lean.)

Than, you spend all night reading and are completely, utterly exhausted in the morning because you got no sleep. Also, you cannot wait for next year, because the book was so short you finished it in one reading.

So you reread and reread, over and over again for at least a week. Maybe more.

Yeah, there are books I like that way. There aren’t that many, maybe have a dozen. In no particular order, they include:

  1. Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux
  2. Black Jewel series by Anne Bishop
  3. Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold
  4. In Death series by JD Robb aka Nora Roberts
  5. Mercy Thompson series by  Patricia Briggs
  6. World of the Lupi series by Eileen Wilks

What do you go fan-girl over?

Do you take notes while you read?

I just read this post on Should Be Reading where MizB says she takes notes while reading. Me, I don’t understand that at all. At least not while reading fiction and most non-fiction. I only ever took notes when I read books for class. Once, I was even inspired to highlight when reading a historical/economy/business book for the book-club. (But the book was on my kindle, so nothing was damaged.)

You see this book? I could never markup a book like this. Never.

I’ve never written in a book itself, not even for school. I took notes in my notebook and stuck them in between the books’ pages. It feels a bit sacrilegious to actually make notes in the book itself. I rarely even highlight anything and when I do, it’s only as a last resort.

It’s different with books on the kindle. There, I don’t mind if I highlight passages – doing so makes finding certain paragraphs easier. Faster than using the search function. Truthfully, I feel freer to highlight books in the kindle.  I feel like it damages the book less.

Which may be a silly reaction. Maybe not. Definitely not when it comes to library books and textbooks I intended to sell after the semester. But otherwise? Maybe being unwilling to mark up my books is silly.

The other thing I only took notes on books for school. It’s not something that comes naturally to me for pleasure reading. Never, for fiction books. Only occasionally for non-fiction. I suppose I associate all note-taking with school, which casts an unpleasant pallor over books I mean to read for fun.

BookExpo America, Day Three, More Books

So, today was the second day of book signings at the BookExpo!

I only got one book signed and not one I had planned on, either.

Killing Moon signed by Jemisin!

It’s The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin. She was very nice.

I didn’t even know she was going to be there or she would have been on my list for sure. I must have missed her name on the author signings list on the BEA website. I got lucky because she ran out of books moments after I got there. Yes!!!!!!! Lucky!

I think Rachel Ray must have been there, too, because some people came up and asked, is this the line for Rachel Ray? I didn’t see her, but she has such a perky personality, I don’t know how I missed her. Not that I wanted a cookbook.

Also, I got a bunch of gay romances. They are heavier than they look. The binding must be quite good. They were just lying on the floor and I picked them up. They are all authors I enjoy, so again, lucky!!!!!

Today’s Loot

This pic is silent testament to the sheer number of gay romances I enjoy. I’ve read all of these authors.

I wanted to get to John Scalzi‘s signing Redshirts today, but that couldn’t happen. I am not too disappointed.

BookExpo America, Day Two, Book Signings

So today was the real beginning of BookExpo America. Today was the first day of the book signings. Which, really, is what I am all about. The author signings. ;)

I really, really wanted Rachel Vincent’s Shadow Bound and Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder. But they disappeared moments before I got to their table. Moments! If I could have gotten their a single minute earlier, they would have been mine.

All I got was a picture:

Maria V. Snyder and Rachel Vincent, signing books

I, did, however manage to get a lot of mystery books. I am looking forward to reading these.

Autograph:

Maybe tomorrow will be better.

BookExpo America Begins

The BookExpo is this yearly event where the publishers get together, have conferences and do stuff. Today, they were still setting up.

I went with my printed out pass and they registration desk gave me the real thing. The Javits Center is pretty big, but luckily they had people standing everywhere, waiting to give you directions. I’ve never been before, so I needed directions.

Only the Remainders thing was on today, so I don’t regret not staying long. Tomorrow, when it really gets started, I expect I will regret it.

I couldn’t spring for the blogger con so . . . I really, really wish I could have gone. Maybe next time.

I did take some most pics. Sadly, they came out blurry. I didn’t have time to actually focus. :(

U is for Ultimately, publishers have to ditch DRM

Come July, Tor will get rid of DRM. Tor publishes a lot of the science fiction/fantasy I read. So, yeah, I am excited to hear they are planning on publishing books sans DRM. Between Tor, Baen and Angry Robot, almost all of the books I read will be DRM free.

This is big. It’s big because Tor is ultimately owned by Macmillan, one of the big 6 publishers. The link between Tor and Macmillan is long and kind of twisted. I am not sure I understand it all. Tor is an imprint of Tom Doherty, which a subsidiary of Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, which is part of Macmillan, which is one of the big 6 publishers. I suppose at the end Tor is an imprint of Macmillan. Until now, they have insisted on DRM.

Ultimately, publishers have to ditch DRM. DRM helps no one but the retailers. Their price fixing deal was to break Amazon’s hold on the eBook market.

Since the government objected to that illegal activity, they might decide on removing DRM as a way to let people decide who they want to buy from. If kindle owners decide to buy from someone other than Amazon, they could and still read their books on their kindle.

Charles Strauss also a pretty good post on DRM. I think he is right about the planned obsolescence about current ereaders is right (and all other consumer devices).

I have a kindle and I have little doubt that the battery will stop holding a charge sometime soon. (I could replace the battery. Maybe. Maybe not.) I will have to buy something new sometime in the next couple years. I might buy anything, a nook, another kindle, a tablet. I don’t know. But if I am forced to consider DRM, I will have to buy another kindle and that just locks me to Amazon again. Or break the DRM myself, which gives me more choices.

This is an article I read from an anonymous publishing exce on why he/she broke DRM. One admits it here, but there might be more. I have to say, if the publisher execs themselves are breaking DRM, they will soon get rid of it entirely.

So I think other publishers will follow Tor’s example. At some point anyway. Hopefully soon.

T is for To Be Read

My TBR list is too large. Titanic sized. Tremendously big.

At present, my TBR pile has about 70 books. This includes the books on my kindle, a few ARCs and a couple of books from the library.

The ARCs have to take precedence, of course . (Sadly, I started a book not from the ARC list yesterday. I am bad.)

70 books is overwhelmingly large. Before I got my kindle, my TBR list did not get this large. In fact, it was as large as the number of books I could fit into one library bag or on top of my table. Half the table; I need space for the computer and notebooks and speakers and various other stuff.

Having a kindle means I have more unread books now than ever before. Once, I tried to decrease it by reading only from the TBR list. I pretended I didn’t have a library card, pretended the kindle had no way to download books with one click (maybe two clicks).

It worked, but not for long. I only managed to decrease the TBR list by a handful of books. Now it’s back and bigger than ever.

It’s a little intimidating. Also, joyful. ;)

L is for Lawsuit

L is for Lawsuits.

Specifically, the lawsuit the government brought against Apple and five of the big publishers: Simon and Shuster, HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan and Penguin. Basically, they are accused of conspiring to fix e-book prices. (The lawsuit is a 36 page document. I have read only half of it so far. It’s pretty interesting, for a legal paper.)

Which they probably did. They deny it (who wouldn’t?) but I think they probably did do exactly that. If they hadn’t, I doubt they Agency Model could have worked.

Three of the publishers – Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster – have settled. Part of their settlement includes the right for retailers to set their own prices. (A right retailers had before!!!!)

I mean, I kind of understand why they did it. Amazon is no angel. Amazon was selling bestsellers at a discount in order to sell kindles and get the bulk of the market share. So, yeah, lots of stores have loss leaders. Even physical bookstores discount popular books in order to get people in the store and maybe buy other books (how many readers you know who can actually just buy one book in a store, hmm?). Physical stores still do and the publishers have nothing to say about them.

The thing with Amazon is that Amazon is bigger than most (all!) physical bookstores. If they had succeeded in gaining most of the e-book market, if the e-book market grew larger than physical book, and if it got to the point where a good chunk of a publisher’s money came from Amazon, Amazon could than have turned around and said: you must sell your books to me at this price or don’t sell to me at all. The books would have stayed cheap (or at least cheaper than hardcovers!). But Amazon would be making a profit, too.

From what I remember from one and only business class, Walmart did the same thing. Since their stores provided most of a manufacturer’s money, they threatened to discontinue selling their products if the manufacturer didn’t sell to them at the price Walmart wanted. It’s why a lot of businesses started outsourcing their manufacturing jobs.

Amazon might have done that, too. (They did get rid of the buy buttons for one of the publishers’ books when they first fought over pricing. Amazon lost.) I doubt it would have worked. The readers, us, would have objected if we couldn’t buy the books we wanted. Maybe Amazon would be willing to risk it. I don’t know.

Either way, I think the publishers were afraid of falling victim to Amazon.  They wanted to decrease or slow down the speed with which Amazon was gaining market share. I understand that.  They were afraid being forced to sell bestsellers to Amazon at the paperback price instead of the hardcover price like always. Fixing e-book prices, with Apple, was their solution.

IMHO, it was a bad solution. They managed to break the law. Price fixing is illegal. Okay, yes, no one has actually been convicted of price-fixing and they all deny it. But, really, what am I to believe? Also, three publishers settled.

Then they set e-book prices which are almost the same or higher than physical copy (this makes so little sense I have to conclude they were trying not to sell ebooks in an effort to hurt Amazon.). I ranted on this topic a while back.

I think, at some point or other, Amazon would have stopped using ever single bestseller as loss leaders. A few maybe, but not every single one. Thing is, 9.99 is still higher most paperbacks. Cheaper than hardcovers, but paperbacks are usually cheaper, just not a whole lot cheaper. (Used books are cheaper still. Sometimes only 1 penny. But by the time the physical book drops to that price, the e-book version will likely be less than 9.99.) So.

Also, I don’t think there is anything wrong with selling ebooks at a little less than paperback prices instead of slightly less than hardcover prices.

So . . . I think the publishers deserve this lawsuit. Yeah.

Teaser Tuesday: Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

The common features I’ve identified recur with such frequency, it’s almost as if this books have been spun out of identical genetic matter. I would go so far as to say that these twelve novels are permutations of one book, written again and again for each new generation of readers. True, these twelve novels have radically different settings, different characters, very different plots. But no matter which decade they were written in or what publishing vagaries brought them to the forefront, all have used strikingly similar techniques and themes to provide deep enjoyment to millions.

- Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers by James W. Hall