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Comments for Book Blogger Hop for July 15, 2011
Book Blogger Hop for July 15, 2011: 07/15/11
This week we're asked about where we get our books. It's a question that's been on the mind of many a book blogger since the FTC started requring transparancy on review blogs. So two years ago I started tracking where my books were coming from.
I used to divide my books up into four categories: personal collection (those I bought or was given), Bookcrossing (those I got through the site), library books and review copies. I have since consolidated Bookcrossing into personal collection as all of my P.C. books are registered for eventual release.
In getting back to the original question of where exactly do I get my books, the answer has been for last few years, the library. More than half of all the books I read in a month, and often as high as three quarters of all books read in a month come from the library. Of those, most come from the county library system. A small percentage (no more than 10%) come from interlibrary loans via the Link+ system.
The next largest percentage, around 20%, comes from my personal collection. I don't buy a lot of books new so these are either books I've gotten from the local BookCrossing meetings, have been given by friends and relatives or purchased used. When I do buy books, I get them from The Book Shop on B street, Half Price Books, Powells, or Better World Books.
The remaining sliver of the pie goes to review books and egalleys. Most of the review books I read now are egalleys from NetGalley. I don't have an ereader so I read the books on my computer using Adobe Digital Editions. I go through about one review book a week, sometimes two.
Comment #1: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 04:00:20
stopping by from the blog hop.
Have a wonderfull weekend
Comment #2: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:16:40
Hello. Welcome to my blog.
Comment #3: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 05:24:32
Comment #4: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:18:52
Thanks. I like to make charts.
Comment #5: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 07:47:52
I have to admit, being a crazy Canuck, I don't pay nearly as much attention to my sources . . . simply because there's less of a need - I know where I get my books, but only have a general sense of the breakdown. Oh well, keep reading, and have a fabulous weekend! :)
Comment #6: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:19:14
I'm too small of a blog to need to worry about the FCC unless they decide to crack down on all American blogs. But it is still interesting to see where my books are coming from.
Comment #7: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 09:59:12
Oh yes the library, a bookworm's heaven. Have a great weekend!
Comment #8: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:21:35
I certainly get a lot of use out of my library.
Comment #9: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 11:29:30
I stopped by from the blog hop
Comment #10: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:23:12
Hello and welcome.
Comment #11: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 12:50:02
Just hopping by, happy Friday!
Comment #12: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:24:25
Welcome to my blog.
Comment #13: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 13:30:56
Oh neat! I never thought of doing that. Maybe I should try! (Of course the answer might scare me...)
Thanks for dropping by!
Comment #14: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:30:25
Go for it! Post the answer on your blog.
Comment #15: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 14:02:19
I haven't got any review copies yet. Most of the offers I've had are from self-published authors, and I just have way to many other books I want to read to accept those.
I don't mind not having any review copies because I don't blog for free books. I blog because I enjoy it and I love talking about the books I love.
Comment #16: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:32:40
I'm not blogging for free books either.
Comment #17: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 14:44:41
I'm seeing a pattern of book acquisition here. After all, there are just so many places to get books and so many different ways to read them.
It's hard to beat the library for price and selection but it's even harder to beat the convenience of browsing BN or Amazon from a Nook or Kindle, hitting a button and reading the book you picked in about sixty seconds.
As usual, my answer to this week‚s Book Blogger Hop question is all over the map. Hop on over and read my multipart answer
Comment #18: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:34:03
I don't have an ereader and right now I'm boycotting Amazon so kindle books are right out. That's okay, though, as I've never bought an ebook and don't have any immediate plans to.
Comment #19: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 15:08:52
Wow- that is quiet an impressive breakdown of how you get your books. Great pie chart!
Comment #20: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:36:50
Thank you. It's something I do at the end of each month. I would like to get to the point where my PC and library reading are nearly even with a smattering of review books tossed in.
Comment #21: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 15:41:49
I love your pie chart! Have a great weekend. :)
Comment #22: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:38:54
Thank you. Happy reading.
Comment #23: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 15:48:29
Nice little chart you have there..lol. I have never thought tho chart where I get my books before. :)
Comment #24: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:47:54
Go for it! Share it on your blog.
Comment #25: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 16:27:00
I read books from Netgalley too.
Comment #26: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:47:54
It's becoming my review book source of choice.
Comment #27: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 17:29:40
Wow, that's definitely interesting. I should start calculating where I get my books, percent-wise. You've inspired me. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend!
Comment #28: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:54:12
Great. Share a link if you post it on your blog.
Comment #29: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 18:13:51
Thanks for including a graphic! I also keep track of where I get my books and the library is the definite winner.
Comment #30: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 16:55:21
We're lucky to have access to great libraries.
Comment #31: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 21:02:54
LOL. Wow. I have to laugh because I would not be this diligent. When I first started reading romance in high school I would be at the library every weekend. And I was reading 2, sometimes 3 books a day. I so miss that. Your chart is amazing. Thanks for stopping by my place.
Comment #32: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:04:10
The only way I manage to read two or three books a day is if the second or third books are picture books. I keep track of where the books come from on my blog as I read them. So making the chart is just a matter of tossing the numbers into Excel and having it cough up a pie chart.
Comment #33: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 21:31:42
Hi there, newer follower. It's my first time participating in the hop and wanted to say hi. Your pie chart is pretty impressive. Looks like something I would come up with! ;-)
Comment #34: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:10:13
Welcome to my blog. Excel makes pie charts very easy.
Comment #35: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 21:34:27
Whoa, way to make a pie chart!! I love it!! :o)
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Comment #36: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:13:13
Excel makes it easy. Then I just save out the picture and shrink it to size in Photshop before plopping it on my blog.
Comment #37: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 22:26:04
Wow, that is organization. (Okay, it might not be as organized as it looks, but graphs are impressive to me.) I wonder what my pie chart would look like...
Comment #38: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:14:22
It's not as organized as it looks.
Comment #39: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 22:45:45
I get most of my books from the library as well. It's such a great resource!
Comment #40: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:15:24
I just picked up four more books from the library.
Comment #41: Friday, July, 15, 2011 at 22:52:14
A pie chart even!! Holy Smokes! lol Thanks for stopping by my blog for the hop. I use the library quite a bit too.
Comment #42: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:16:25
The pie chart took all of 5 minutes to make from the point where I imported my data, generated the graph and resized it in Photoshop. I just like visual aids.
Comment #43: Saturday, July, 16, 2011 at 05:42:03
Yay for libraries! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Comment #44: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:17:54
I'll second your yay!
Comment #45: Saturday, July, 16, 2011 at 06:10:01
That's a clever way of keeping track.
Comment #46: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:19:01
Thank you. I'm glad you like it.
Comment #47: Saturday, July, 16, 2011 at 07:03:23
I think I'm fairly even. 50/50 for buying and review copies! Thanks for stopping by!
Comment #48: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:20:10
I have so many other things to read that I intentionally keep the review books to a minimum.
Comment #49: Saturday, July, 16, 2011 at 12:36:40
I love that you did a pie chart for your book sources! If I didn't work in a bookstore and thus get all of my books either for free from the publisher or at an employee discount, I would use the library a LOT more. As it is, I love my local library for getting me OP titles to read.
Comment #50: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:23:23
If I were in your situation, I'm sure my numbers would be like yours.
Comment #51: Saturday, July, 16, 2011 at 16:58:44
Nice to see you use your library so much! I don't know what I'd do if I had to buy all my books.....
Comment #52: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:24:05
There's no way I could buy all the books I want to read.
Comment #53: Saturday, July, 16, 2011 at 17:50:21
Wow it is amazing how you keep up with that! I don't know my percentages but it makes curious to find out :)
Comment #54: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:25:15
If you make a pie chart, post it on your blog and share the link.
Comment #55: Saturday, July, 16, 2011 at 17:52:50
Thanks for stopping by my blog for the blog hop! It is interesting to see the breakdown of where you get your books. Isn't half price books wonderful! I love to go and wander in there to see what I can find.
Comment #56: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 18:26:15
Half Price Books is a nice resource. I keep myself to only one trip a month max.
Comment #57: Sunday, July, 17, 2011 at 10:14:07
New follower stopping on by...
Comment #58: Monday, July 18, 2011 at 22:37:01
Thank you for visiting.
Comment #59: Sunday, July, 17, 2011 at 05:01:49
Nina @ Death Books and Tea
You see, I wouldn't have the time or inclination to track all this...I'd forget. The majority of stuff comes from my library, and if not, I'll say in my review. Well done on having the time to log it all!
Comment #60: Monday, July 18, 2011 at 22:38:50
I started keeping track because the blogs I follow were making a big deal about it. I think a lot of this was an initial panic to the FCC guidelines. I've just kept up the tracking because my core readership seems to appreciate it.
Comment #61: Wednesday, July, 20, 2011 at 03:34:20
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Comment #62: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 22:31:33
I also use GoodReads but these charts track things that GoodReads doesn't.