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Blogger question

I have a deep and pressing question for all you bloggers out there who receive, read and review ebooks (isn’t that pleasantly alliterative?):

What do you do with the ebooks when you’ve read and reviewed them?

I tend to dispose of my paper books almost as soon as I have read them, either on Bookmooch, on giveaways on this blog, or taking them to the Notting Hill Book and Comic Exchange, the source of all too many of my books. Or I give them to The Book Accumulator/Mini-Me.

Obviously with ebooks I don’t really have a space limitation (has anyone out there filled up a Kindle yet?) but being absurdly neat and tidy and organised, I feel that I should get read of the ebooks too. And yet this somehow feels wrong.

Could you leave me a little comment to tell me what it is you do with review e-copies?

Thanks muchly!

I also have a little whinge about the Simon & Schuster GalleyGrab system:

– one receives an email once a month with a huge list of titles, no synopses, and each page is just a download page, no synopsis or book description there either so either you have to download everything and weed once it’s downloaded, or research before downloading each link

– the galleys expire (not so much an issue) but are limited to Adobe Digital Editions and ADE-compatible devices i.e. not Kindles. It requires no end of dubious jiggery-pokery to get the galleys on to a Kindle, and the galley is then inevitably not worth it.

– each download has to be done individually, rather than there being a central page from which one can request (like NetGalley) and they all look identical so if you are downloading lots at once, it gets very confusing!

– many of the books available are from genres which one might not term mainstream – lots of Christian non-fiction (in the “my life was changed” mould), and quite a few I have ended up with are what I would consider to be far below Simon & Schuster’s usual calibre of publication. Plenty of good stuff too but no way to tell them apart apart from downloading everything and reading it!

Anyone else having these problems? How have you got around them?


13 thoughts on “Blogger question”

  1. Most of my ebook review copies expire. I have a Sony Reader with a somewhat smaller memory drive compared to kindles, etc. I usually back up all of my ebooks on USB sticks and then decide which to put on – so my system is different because of space issues.

    Do you really get rid of all the books you read? Wow, I admire that. I would never be able to do that *stares at double stakced bookshelves* I wonder why I’m complaining about space issues 😛

    As to the S&S galley grab, I have great troubles finding suitable galleys for me through it. And I’m also a little too lazy to download them all and then weed them out (it also feels as if S&S might expect me to review all that I download?) So I have no tips on this front, except that yes, I agree with all the problems you signal.

    1. I HAVE to get rid of the books I’ve read (I keep favourites – The Weird Sisters will have permanent residence, for example) otherwise I’d never cope! I’m one of these people who likes to throw things out so it’s strangely satisfying.
      Don’t get me wrong, my bookshelves are double stacked too, just full of books I haven’t read!

      1. I should do a cull like that sometime: get rid of books I thought were okay but didn’t make the loved it/favourite list. But I always hesitate thinking: “I may want to read them again”. Also, um, half of my shelves are occupied by unread books too (I think there may be more of them than read books at this point).

  2. If they’re Netgalley/Library, I just delete them since they’re going to expire anyway. If they’re not, I usually leave them be, since there’s no space issues. 🙂 If I didn’t like it, I delete it. heehee

    Also, wow to only having unread books! I’m just the opposite: I did a massive cull last month (about half I think) and weeded out a lot of my TBR (pretty much any that were available at the library, weren’t by a favourite author, or weren’t sent to me by a blogger). I’ve got 11 shelves w books on them, and only 2 of those are for TBR! I love rereading, though (at least…I love it in theory; in practice, ever since I started blogging I reread less and less…which is v sad).

  3. I think all the e-galleys I’ve gotten expire, so I just let them go away. Other e-books that I get through Project Gutenberg either stay on my ereader after I read them or get deleted, depending on whether I’m likely to read them again. I suppose if I ran out of room, I’d just delete them on the assumption that I could download them again.

    As for the S&S Galley Grab, I’ve only downloaded two books from them, and they were both ones I recognized and wanted to read (Linda Grant’s We Had It So Good and a new Ruth Rendell book). I have plenty to read without going through the trouble of investigating all the titles on that list. I think I’ve looked up a couple with familiar titles before downloading and then decided against it. A link to the book’s catalog page would be a great addition, though.

  4. Although I have an e-reader, and have bought e-books myself and reviewed them many times, I don’t think I’ve yet reviewed an e-book specifically sent to me for that purpose. As others have written, I suppose there is an expiry link, or in any event, one does not really “buy” an ebook but purchases a license, and there are T&Cs about re-use, lending etc.

    With my (many) print advance reading copies et al, I take them to the Oxfam bookshop, other charity shop, library, hospital or “rehome” them by sending to a friend who’d like to read it.

  5. Well, if you want to keep them, it is easy to make a folder for books you have read & reviewed on a Kindle. If you don´t, it won´t hurt anyone that you delete them.
    The only thing you shouldn´t do is buy via Amazon and delete before a week has passed. In that case your money will be refunded and the writer gets nothing.

  6. I didn’t know that about buying from Amazon and deleting before a week has passed – that’s terrible, that the book is considered a return and the writer doesn’t get anything. I read ebooks on my iPad mostly, and I normally just delete books that I’ve read, unless they’re ones I know I’ll reread.

  7. I have read nearly 100 books on my Kindle now. Only a few have been from Net Galley or other review copies. I park all the read ones in a folder on my Kindle called Completed. Apart from that I do nothing with them

  8. I like to get rid of my physical books too and with the e-books (mine are normally bought rather than ARCs or e-galleys) I delete them unless I thought them very very good in which case I move them into a ‘books read’ folder.

  9. It really depends on what you mean by delete. If you delete an Amazon e-book from your device, it probably still exists in your Amazon library. I would imagine to achieve full “delete” in a week you have to do that on the Amazon site not the device

  10. On my Kindle I have created folders which are: Reading, Read, Unread, Audio, Sample, Reference, Game and Blog. When I have finished reading a book I place it in the read collection, when I download a book a book I place it in the unread collection and so on. You can lend certain books to other Kindle users, but even if you delete the book from your device, it will stay in your library within your account.

    Space is really not an issue with the Kindle, but I know you read a lot of books, so maybe you could delete from your device but leave in your library if you want to reread in the future.

  11. It is correct that deleting a book on your Kindle does not delete it but stores it on the Amazon (cloud) site “my Kindle area”. I am certain that if you do this after a week that the book is not irreversibly deleted, so that if you want to “return” it, you have to delete it via the Amazon site which will have relevant warnings, etc. That is, it is no different from returning a print book, when nobody concerned receives the payment either.
    When I’ve finished a Kindle book I put it in an archive folder like others if I think I might read it again, if not I deleted it from my device and know it is on the Amazon site in case I should ever want to download. Perhaps when Amazon brings in its “lending” facility on Kindle books (which is available for US readers before UK ones like me), there will be a way to “pass on” read but unwanted e-books to welcoming recipients.

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