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?
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?