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Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions: Book budgets - yea or nay?


Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that allows book bloggers to discuss issues unique to what we encounter in the blogging world. Hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth and Pam at Midnyte Reader,  a new question is posted the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month to answer, comment on, and discuss. I've seen this meme on several different blogs and thought it looked like fun, so am jumping in!


This week's question:

Do you have a monthly book budget? How has it changed since you started blogging? Do you get more free books now that you have access to publishers/authors/other bloggers or is your book buying budget even higher than when you started?


I've never really been a very good budgeter and have never had a book budget. I've been on a book buying ban for the last few months, but that's because my TBR piles are threatening to topple over and bury me, not because of overspending.

Even before I started blogging, I borrowed most of my books from the library and didn't spend much on books. What's funny is that the longer I blog, the less I use my library.

Between NetGalley, review copies, and blogger contests, I found that I have more than enough to read! Add BEA and Comic Con, and I think that I'm spending less than ever on books (except for ebooks, but those don't count because you can't see them....shhhhhh, don't tell).

21 comments:

  1. I like your view on e-books, I have similar views on books I buy at charity shops and ex-library stock the proceeds of which go to buying more books in that I'm not actually BUYING the books so much as making a donation in which I'm giving a book in exchange - a win win situation don't you think?

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    1. Love the way you think PW! And here I've been avoiding the bookrooms at the charity shops instead of supporting a good cause. Wonder if my DH will believe my new free-book-with-every-donation excuse next time? *L*

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  2. Ahh, the book budget. A few years ago, after I got my Kindle and my TBR pile (and book spending) exploded, I instituted a budget. I've been really good in not going over, but I have to admit that I don't count the postage I spend when I trade through Paperback Swap and Book Mooch, so technically I guess I'm cheating. Still, it's better than nothing.

    The scariest thing, though, is that even with the budget, my TBR pile has gotten worse due to all of the free and bargain priced ebooks. I'll never get out from under it LOL.

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    1. My loophole in my book buying ban is the freebies and NetGalley. Look at it this way...if there's ever a worldwide book shortage, we're prepared!

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  3. Book buying bans and book probation work better for me than trying to budget. I love that I always have my library! I've thought of the free books I get at BEA, but I also realize that I'm paying money to go...so they're not truly free.

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    1. My book buying ban seems to be working for physical books, but I need to get a handle on eBooks. Immediate gratification is dangerous! :)

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  4. OMG sounds like me with books overflowing. I don't do book bans because I know I can't keep them. I get the free ebooks too.

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    1. Free eBooks seem to be my weakness, but I'm trying to get better!

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  5. lol I said the same thing about e-books on my Stacking the Shelves post last week. If I don't see them, they aren't there!

    Same her - it's more of a space issue than a monetary one.

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    1. I'm trying to stay away from Stacking the Shelves posts as I tend to see books that I want immediately. Thanks to my nook, I now have impulse-control issues... ;)

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  6. I've never really budgeted my book spending - or any spending. I'm good with numbers, so I can generally keep track in my head and never get surprised at the end of the month with my bank statement. That being said though, I've definitely started buying more books since I started blogging. I never really paid attention to what books were coming out before, but now that I know about more books, I'm buying more books!

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    1. Awesome! Would make life so much easier if I could keep a running total of money spent in my head. Think one of the downfalls of blogging is being exposed to so many great new titles that they're hard to resist!

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  7. I am totally using your views on ebooks for my own :) Perfect excuse, lol. I went on a buying ban for the same reason... I simple have too many at this point, not do to overspending(I just like to ignore the cost factor in all honestly... it's less depressing that way, lol). Great topic!

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  8. Hmm, budgets are more loose in my realm...that is to say most goes to bills and then what's left, yeah I usually try to nab another book. So, I don't think my buying habits have changed overall...not really. As for the library, when I was little we would go ALL THE TIME! Now, not so much but not really for a lack of "want" more for a lack of time. Cie la vie.

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    1. I remember using my school library, but don't remember going to the public library until after I got married. It was like discovering book paradise! I've been lucky and had really awesome libraries in all the places we've lived. Fingers crossed my new library will continue the tradition!

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  9. haha, I'm not good at budgeting either. I have tried to quit buying as I've got so many books here I want to read and need to read, but that seems to not stop me...when I go for so long without buying, I just uncontrollably buy one or two or three. ;) LOL!

    Great topic this week.

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    1. That's the trouble with book buying bans...when you fall off the wagon, you wind up with more books! *L*

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  10. Ebooks are my downfall. I'm actually doing good with not buying any physical books right now, but it's just too easy to buy an ebook and there are so many sales going on right now. Sometimes I seriously consider having someone else set my password so that I don't have the ability to buy.

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    1. Glad that I'm not the only one with a weakness for ebooks! Instant gratification can be dangerous!

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  11. I don't have a book budget, but I know when I can or can't get a book and how much I'm willing to spend.

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