Ereading files: down with my ebook TBR pile

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One of my bookish New Year resolutions was to finally tackle my always growing ebook TBR pile. I have become pretty good at reading my print books within a few weeks after I bought them, but tend to completely ignore my ebooks. There are several reasons for that. One is that I prefer reading print over ebooks. Another is that it's so easy to ignore ebooks because I don't see them when I'm standing in my home library. And another reason is that I'm not a big fan of pretty much all reading apps, they are not as nice as they could and should be.

I decided that now is the time to get finally started, to finally get my ebook TBR pile to under 10 books. So beginning with today operation "down with the ebook TBR pile" begins. To support my efforts I will start writing posts surrounding my ereading, short reviews on the ebooks I read, general posts about my thoughts on ereading, the available apps, and so on.

My status quo is that I have about 80 unread ebooks, plus a handful of eARCs. I managed to read three ebooks in the last days (reviews are coming soon), so that was a start. My next step is to go through all of the ebooks I own and to delete those who don't really interest me (I'm looking at you free downloads), ten books or more could fall victim to this. Next I will just start with reading. I'm a fan of lists so of course I made up one with some ebooks I plan to read next. I tried to keep it small, but of course it didn't work that way. :)

On my to read list are (so far)



I have owned all of these ebooks for months and never gave them a second thought after downloading them. This stops now.

My ultimate goal, as mentined before, is to get under 10 ebooks waiting to be read. And it is to stop buying ebooks without reading them soon afterwards. Because let's be honest, what I did in the past with my ebooks was not that smart and efficient, so it's time to start acting in a different way.


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15 comments:

  1. Good luck with that!

    I try to read ebooks more this year too...or at least I will try! :)

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    1. Me too, I read a new one today and want to read at least 2-3 ebooks each week in the next time.

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  2. Yes, good Luck :-) Damn free downloads :-) I pretend my ebook-Pile dont exist :)

    Silke

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    1. I stopped looking at those free downloads after a few weeks of discovering them, it was my rescue. :) Otherwise I would own hundreds of ebooks.

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  3. I now what you mean! Actually I don't like Ebooks, I don't like the feeling when you read with a electronic thing in your hand. Thats not the same as a print-book and never will be the same ;)
    But ... than has amazon this free-ebooks and I can't resist :D now I have a lot of books on a kindle-app at my Ipod Touch, which a never read, because I don't like it or forget about it...

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    1. It's the same for me. I have downloaded all these ebooks in the past and never read them, it's a shame.

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  4. That is so good of you! I can't even make myself read the ebooks I have won! Let alone all the freebies I download. Like you, I prefer paper books. I did stop competing for ebooks, unless I really, really want to read it.
    I still read my ebooks on my computer, convert them to Lit with Calibre, as I do like the free Microsoft reader. It is quiet for your eyes, remembers where you stopped reading, and just says how many pages there are.

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    1. Isn't it weird, that we all download these ebooks and never read them? Even though we all love to read?
      I mostly read on my sister's iPad or on my smartphone, both work for me but are not perfect.

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  5. Good luck Sabrina!
    Hopefully I could incite you to read more ebooks. I love my reader and much more reading ebooks. It's so easy, not only the weight also getting new ebooks. I didn't want to miss the reader during holidays or on business trips. Without G3 the battery last for ages (I read ebooks most of the time and have to recharge only once a forthnight).
    If you get used to it your pile decrease and maybe you'll fall in love with this version of reading.
    Happy ebook reading.

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    1. I think that I will never really love ereading books, but I want to at least enjoy it more than I do now. That way I would never again get in the situation I'm now in. :)

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  6. Hear, hear. I agree. I dislike reading ebooks compared to print. Basically I only stoop to that if I can't easily get my hands on a print copy. And since I don't see it I don't read it. Then whatever impulse led me to get the ebook in the first place is long gone by the time I finally remember and manage to read it. Such a waste. I like your idea of having only ten books. I think that should be my goal for my print books. For ebooks I want it to be even less than ten. Probably no more than five. Because honestly I just don't enjoy reading them as much. My pile is currently hovering around 30 books which is insane. But sadly I have neglected trying to shrink it since my print pile is far too big. The more I have focused on my pile the less palatable new books seem. I am finally understanding that if I buy it my chances of reading it are slim so I don't buy as much and it is slowly helping me get through the pile. If only I didn't have a library or review books this would go much faster. Well anyway good luck. Hopefully soon I will be able to be working on shrinking my ebook pile too. :)

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    1. I'm very happy with my print TBR pile, but the ebook one is getting worse and worse. For me it's like out of sight, out of mind. As long as I don't see my ebooks I can ignore them quiet easily. :) I know that some readers don't mind having lots of unread books, but it drives me crazy. So that's why things need to change.

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  7. Those free ebooks can really start to add up!! :( Much good luck on getting those ebooks down.

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    1. They really do! Before you realize it you have tons of unread books. And thanks, I need all the luck I can get. :)

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  8. We are opposites in reading habits! I tend to read more ebooks and ignore print books :/ Maybe because it's easier for me to just grab my Kindle and go.

    Anyway, good luck!

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