Moving to England with one suitcase meant that my bookshelf became almost totally digital by necessity. Over the last two years the inevitable book purchases happened, though these were mostly secondhand books because in the UK there are so many amazing ways to buy used books in great condition. Having bought the books secondhand, I didn’t mind so much when it came to donating them in preparation for moving to Canada. Again, leaving for a new country with only one suitcase meant that my bookshelf was pared back to only those books that can fit on my ereader and a very select few cherished paperbacks. So then I watch a slew of booktube videos in which people are panning around newly stocked shelves of books to be read and I can’t help but wonder if those unread Kindle purchases count in the same way.
Like so many other ereader owners, I am guilty of spending my free time perusing the sale sections of the Kindle store. I’ve got past the initial need to buy everything I’ve ever heard of just because it’s $3.99, but I still seem to be stuck in the mindset of buying books because I want to read them, er, at some point. And a little while ago, those ‘maybe someday’ purchases were starting to build up. It’s much easier to forget about these books though, when they’re not physically standing in front of you, glossy spines crying out to be read. Because of this, I know that I am far more likely read a paperback (if I have one) over an ebook in my day to day life. But. Is it because of the paperback’s handy, physical presence? Or is it because I feel overwhelmed by the number of ebooks I have to choose from?
I think it all comes down to the idea that somehow, in my mind, ebooks don’t really count. The late night Kindle store clicks don’t count as real book purchases and the digital mount TBR doesn’t hold nearly as much weight as it would if it were manifested physically. It’s odd because my paperback to ebook ratio is pretty much equal. I enjoy reading ebooks just as much as I do paperbacks, and sometimes more so because I can read my ebooks in the dark thanks to my ereader. But what do you think? Do ebooks count?