Initially today I wanted to talk about e-reader organization. Recentl I discovered how to make different folders on my e-reader. After two years or so. I know. I’m so informed. I guess I just never did use my e-reader enough to figure that out. So that was what I had planned to talk about. However recently something happened that again reminded me why I, personally, don’t use my e-reader as much. Which is why the goal I made at the start of the year about buying less physical copies and more ebooks never was going to work.
You see, I have fear. Not so much of the actual device, but of the ebooks I get not going on my e-reader. This is not a random fear I have. Last year I bought an ebook that was impossible to get onto my e-reader while the other two went on there without any effort. I contacted the online store about it and after a telephone conference on things I had to do, it still wouldn’t get on. They would contact where they got the ebook from, and I’d hear back from them. But it could take a while. I never heard anything back. I have the book in physical form now. So basically I had to pay for a book I couldn’t read. This has put some fear on buying ebooks for me. I did buy some, but only when they were cheap. And up until May I did not have any more problems getting an ebook on my e-reader.
However in May I was browsing Netgalley and choose out a few books from there to read for review, something I hardly ever do. But I couldn’t get two of them to go on. The reader for pc would crash each time I downloaded it and I couldn’t even open the files through Adobe Digital Editions (which by the way seems to not work anymore at all since I downloaded the new one). I spend hours trying to figure out if I had done something wrong and how to fix it. But nothing worked. I could however open them in Overdrive on the computer for some reason. But that doesn’t get them on my e-reader. It makes me scared to buy ebooks again.
On top of that, ebooks are pricey. I saw a book that was already rather expensive in hardcover at 25 Euro, but the ebook was an euro more expensive. Especially the books I’d like to read, which tend to be some more of the popular ones when it comes to new releases and such, in general cost about 11-12 Euro. I can buy an English paperback for that. So the price and the above reason do keep me from taking a risk.
And next to that there is of course the risk of buying a book as an ebook, loving it, and then wanting a physical copy of it. Because that has happened to me.
So do you use your e-reader a lot? And have you ever had trouble putting an ebook on your e-reader after buying it? Or am I the only lucky one who has had this problem? Which is quite possible as I am technologically weak. Anyway, I just needed to get my frustrations out.