How I’m Getting to Older Books
I think we all have the problem of new shiny things appearing faster than we can actually read them all. Whether it be eARCs, eBook deals or library downloads, it’s just so fun to download new things to your e-reader. I know I personally tend to want to download even more than normal when I don’t have as much time to read since hoarding books soothes my sadness at not being able to read them ;-). However, that puts us into a bit of a dilemma: books fall through the cracks and you don’t get to them. EBooks seem even harder than physical books to keep track of too since you can’t easily glance through the hundreds you have like you can a stack of physical books, hehe.
Recently I stumbled across a strategy for getting to those older books hiding on your eReader!
I got a bit addicted to my library’s Overdrive page when I discovered there is an Overdrive app which I can use to browse my library’s ebooks when bored at dinner parties ;-). I might have put in a lot of hold requests >.>. Only two have come in though and they are now safely nestled on my Kindle! Except that I of course didn’t get to them immediately and so they came up on their due date. However, if you turn your Wifi off on your Kindle (ie put it into Airplane mode), your Kindle won’t realize that they are overdue and they won’t disappear until you turn your Wifi back on! They’ll still become available again at your library, but you can get some extra time to get to them.
“But Anya!” I hear you say, “that just adds more books to my ereader that I haven’t gotten to!” and you are so right. My strategy isn’t actually about saving the library books completely since I still haven’t actually gotten to them >.>.
What I noticed, however, as I procrastinate reading those two library books, is that I’m taking the opportunity to read the eARCs that I was really excited aboutoriginally and didn’t get to before they fell off my immediate radar. Even though I’ve been approved for a couple of new eARCs, I can’t turn on my Wifi without losing those two library books, so I haven’t been lured away by the new shiny things :D. As long as my desire to keep access to two library books outweighs my excitement about a new eARC, I’ll keep procrastinating and reading things like Death Marked, which I was SO PUMPED for when it first showed
up on Edelweiss and then never got time to read it! And I’m finding that the joy of rediscovering the exciting eARCs I forgot about is proving just as much fun as getting new ones. I think I’ll be reading Crimson Bound next :D.
Now, this strategy works best if you get on a hold list for a library ebook that isn’t too short, since that will be the best motivation for you to keep your copy once you finally get it ;-). I think I waited several months for both of mine, so I’m pretty motivated to read them before I let them expire! You could try just turning off your Wifi without that motivation though and perhaps the extra effort will be enough for you to turn to an older book instead of a new one?
Of course, as I write this post I know that this holding pattern isn’t going to last much longer for me. I just got approved for Girl at Midnight after being pending for a pretty long time and sending an email with updated stats and my NetGalley email address to get a little extra nudge in (turns out that actually works!). I was kind of lying about reading Crimson Bound next up there since Girl at Midnight is just too tempting to resist and is even worth waiting another couple of months for those library books…. I might just buy the audiobooks instead though, we’ll see!
Oh, one more thing while we’re talking about library ebooks! Libraries only get to lend out an ebook a certain number of times before they have to buy a new license to lend it. This is another reason for holding on to your copy instead of re-borrowing it, since we want to stretch that download number as far as we can for our libraries. That is another reason why I’m thinking of instead buying the audiobooks of the two I had borrowed, since I don’t want to use up another download for my library :(.
Have you ever kept a loaned book around longer by turning off the Wifi? Do you have strategies for reading older books instead of being lured in by the shininess of new ones? How many older unread books do you have on your e-reader??
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