A Book Hoarder
by Laurie Garrison
Are you a book hoarder? Do you keep buying or grabbing free books and downloading them in your device? Do you have more than 300, 500 or 1k+ books in your device now that you haven’t even considered touching? If so, you might be viewed as a book hoarder and here is why.
With today’s technology and all of the free and huge box sets that sell at cheap rates, it’s easy to gather over 300+ in a small device in no time. Will you ever read all of those books or do you just keep downloading and hoarding more?
What is a hoarder? They are people that offend times have some sort of difficulties or disorder during their lifetime and they start collecting everything. Heck some even goes out of their way to gather more stuff to keep filling their houses with. Often times their house is so overrun that they can’t even walk through their house and most of these houses are condemned for health reasons.
I believe since e-readers, free downloads and box-sets have come in to play readers are becoming book hoarders. Sure we have always has a couple of bookshelves full of books in our house but when we run out of room and money, we’d say enough, it’s time to quit buying and start reading what we have now.
With the introduction of the new e-readers, free, very cheap and box-sets readers have been downloading more and more daily and it’s causing readers to become book hoarders because they just keep downloading and downloading without reading the books they downloaded. E-readers takes up zero space in their house so they can have as many books as they want and let’s not forget to count the fact that you can now days get books at least half, if not for free from the cost of normal book prices just a couple of years ago, so this has caused a downloading frenzy for some people. People has to see how many free books they can download. They figure what the hey, it’s free why not download and heck I might get around to reading it one day but if not who cares, I did have to pay anything or heck it was only .99 cents for 10 books in one set and this is where the hoarding begins. They just keep adding and adding without thought that they will ever read any of those books the author wrote.
Why is it so important to read what you download? Because someone took time to write and pay to publish that book you’re downloading and they hope you will read it and love it, so you will come back for more or at least tell others and they can sale more books that way. They have bills too regardless of what you might think. The thing is the readers never gets around to reading them, why? Because we have too freaking many!
Look at it this way in one year I downloaded over 400 free books without going out each day and looking for freebies. I know tons of readers spend their days looking for that next free book they can download and never read. It’s like a drug and they have to have that free book and little do they know they are also becoming hoarders by doing this. You might think I am joking about this but I am not. I stopped offering giveaways on my blog for a reason, it’s because it’s like a drugs to some people and all they wanted to do was to see if they can win a free book and they would sit for days and go to each blog and enter to win free books. I have seen this done first hand and said no more on my blog. I also had an author to tell me that she asked the reader to please give her a review after she reads the free book and that winner told her “I don’t read books I just like to enter to win contest.” In other words she was a sweepstakes junkie and how do you think that author felt hearing this as she was sending this person a book of hers to read? Not, good I will tell you that. We can become book download junkies too, just think about that for a minute while I run some numbers here.
An average reader will read at least one novel a week so that means an average reader will read fifty-two novels a year.
So, let’s go back to my free downloads in one year. I downloaded a little over 400. (I am sticking with even numbers here:-)
400 books-52 weeks =348. It would take me a total of seven years just to read the free books I downloaded. Just think about that, it would take me seven years to get through the 400 I downloaded. Heck by the time I get to some books the author would have stopped writing. Even if you bump it up to 2 books a week it’s only going to cut it down to about three years. Then you have some that don’t even get time to read one book a month because of jobs and other reasons. So, it could take even longer for someone to go through 400 downloads.
So, this bring me back to book hoarding. Look and see how many books you have downloaded in your device and make sure you count each book in that box-set too. They usually have over ten books in each set so, let’s say if a person downloads twenty box sets at $0.99 or whatever price the box set was at the time then they have 1k books right there. Wow, and that is not counting all of their freebies and paid books they also downloaded. They will never get to read them. Face it if you are kind of person that already has over 1k and you keep downloading and not reading them, then you’re a book hoarder, if you like to hearing that or not. This sounds like it’s a good thing but if you not reading the books it’s not again someone took their time and spent their money to write and publish that book just so someone can get some enjoyment from it.
I still say if people had to pay a good decent price for a book you’ll find they would only buy what they really want try to read. PERIOD.