My physical bookshelves are overflowing with books. (Whose isn't?) Each time I get a new book, I squeal with excitement, exchange or rather I would give the book loving glances, probably read a couple of pages and then go put it in my bookshelf. Aah, then the guilt steps in - when I look at every other book that went through the same treatment, only to languish there for quite some time. There's nothing much I did to fix that. I probably encouraged it.
So you know how it is when you get a credit card for the first time? Or when you look at some exciting product online and feel your fingers itching to buy it? You never see the cash leaving your hands, so you feel bliss when swiping the card or clicking that "Submit Order" button. What matters is you have the product in hand. Having an ereader feels similar. For once, I can't "see" the books I own anymore. Unless of course, I keep looking at my library, which I don't. You know the saying - Out of sight, out of mind! (Maybe I should close my eyes and put new books into my shelf.) Aah, there, I'm already trying to solve the wrong problem.
With all the free ebooks floating around, one needs more than control to keep away from adding them to an ereader. It's good for me that most of those free ebooks are paranormal or romance (the two genre I stay away from), or else I may end up with a bloated library. On top of that, B&N provides free ebooks every Friday - both classics and non-classics. Oh, and that classic ebooks treasure trove, Project Gutenberg. Also, let's not forget the irresistible new ebooks that get released every week. And finally, the ereader equivalent of review books - NetGalley. I think I have almost 20 new ebooks requested from NetGalley currently. Heck, if I had 20 review books sitting next to me (for all I know, there may be as many packed into all the boxes of books - since I'm moving this weekend), I would have a panic attack. It will take me a little more than two months to get through 20 books. What was I thinking when I requested that many ebooks at NetGalley? Oh yeah, out of sight, out of mind.
Which reminds me, I think it's been a couple of days since I last checked NetGalley! ::shudder:: And I haven't been on B&N since last Friday. I know I should resist. After all, wasn't that the point of this post? But, what if the title that will be my favorite book of all times is in there? ~scoots off to check the catalog~