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Subject: Favorite authors -- buy or wishlist?
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 2:24 PM ET
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I kind of feel bad putting new books on my wishlist if it's one of my favorite authors.   I mean, if an author brings me joy in their writing, I like to support them.   For instance, I just took Jennifer Haymore off of my wishlist because she's in it for the money, too, and not just the love of writing, no?  Does anyone else feel this way?

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 2:34 PM ET
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I never actually think about it that much, because if it's one of my favorite authors I can't wait for a WL offer on one of their new releases anyway:P  I had Connie Brockway's new book on my WL, but I went ahead and bought it because I didn't have the patience to wait.  If Jennifer's book is pretty easy to find right after the release, I'm probably going to go ahead & buy it too, just to support the launching of her career in any way I can.  Good thinking, Monica:)

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 2:37 PM ET
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I don't usually wanna wait for a favorite either! but I guess they don't profit when we get our books from pbs or other used sources ..but then if I dind't get most from here then I wouldnt' be getting as many

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 3:18 PM ET
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I don't think much about the money aspect either but as a journalist I guess I probably should!! :) I usually want to read the books before I would get some of them on my wishlist so that's why I buy them. Although, I've learned to look way into the future and wishlist books that aren't coming out for months yet ... then I'm much further up on the wishlist.
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 3:32 PM ET
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These days I don't have as many auto-buy authors as I did in the past, but I will buy their books new., and they usually become keepers.

 I belong to the Rhapsody Book Club so will buy their books in HC if available. I did WL a Maureen Child I didn't know she had - it was outside her Desires and single titles - if I'd known about it I'd have definitely bought it new as she's a keeper author. While buying new gives authors royalties I don't think about the money aspect much, either - I think about me having a nice  new copy of their book(s).

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 4:04 PM ET
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I don't think about the money aspect either.  For me, it depends on how much I want to read the book NOW and how much the book costs.  I will splurge if I can find a good price online or if I find a site offering a promotion.  For most books though, I find I can wait out the WL or wait until the used price on Half.com gets below $3.

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 4:25 PM ET
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I buy sometimes at Walmart.  If its a book I know is going to have a long wishlist especially.

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 4:43 PM ET
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Honestly, I spend SO much money shipping books here and other book swapping websites that I don't want to buy new books no matter how much I want to read it. And is not like I don't have enough books to read either..my TRB is almost 400 and is actually getting bigger..*sighs*

I don't feel bad that I don't buy new books because is not like we are sharing books(like e-books) here and not buying any new books...if we were to buy a used book from amazon then the author is still not making any money.


Date Posted: 2/28/2009 4:50 PM ET
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I'm really cheap frugal ;-) but I do try to buy books by my favorite authors who aren't big blockbuster sellers, because I want them to keep getting published!  I also try to buy from our local independent bookstore, though I have an advantage there of usually having trade credit, so I can't be too cocky about it.

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 11:33 PM ET
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Favorite authors -- buy or wishlist?

a lot of times, both.  ;)  i'll put them on the WL, but be too impatient to wait for a new release so i'll just buy it as soon as i get a decent coupon from Borders.  unless i manage to get in the top 10 on the WL and it's a romance, in which case i'll grit my teeth and try to wait.  (romance WLs tend to move quicker than sf&f WLs.)  i'm more likely to go ahead and buy something i'll probably end up keeping (like a series already in my collection), rather than something i know i'll read and trade.

that's mainly for paperbacks.  there are a very few authors i keep in hardback, and those i don't even put on my WL knowing i'll buy them.  the few hardbacks on my WL are mainly from authors where i want to read the story ASAP, and i'll probably buy it when the paperback comes out.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 9:57 AM ET
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I buy some, I WL some.  It just depends. Usually if it's a new book in a series then I buy it without ever putting it on my WL.  If I'm new to the series and I have some already to read then I put some on WL.  If I get to that point in the series then I might buy it instead of waiting longer. 

I do try to buy some books new because if we all stopped buying new books then the publishing industry will really go in the crapper.  With the economy the way it is we're going to start seeing more and more fairly successful authors start to lose their publishing deals.  The only ones who will be guaranteed will be the mega sellers like James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts etc....,  People who even when a new one of theres is crap it's still a blockbuster seller.  (no I'm not saying these authors are crap.  Just that even their not so good books sell great). 

So I try to buy some new here and there to help. 

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 7:55 PM ET
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Sometimes it depends if I can find the book or not. There have been 2 or 3 releases in the last few months that I would have bought, had I found them at Walmart. I looked every time I went, and never did! Popular, best selling paranormal authors, too. If I happen to run across Jennifer Haymore's book I will buy it. But I seldom go to a real book store. (With good reason, LOL!)


Date Posted: 3/1/2009 8:44 PM ET
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but I went ahead and bought it because I didn't have the patience to wait. 

That's me exactly.  I will almost always buy new releases by my fave authors, and generally get them at Wally World.  I try not to buy trade-size new releases that often b/c of the expense, but will if it's one I just can't pass up (such as "Flat-Out Sexy").   I usually will check my local library first to see if they have other new releases I'd like to read but can hold off buying immediately.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 8:57 AM ET
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Yes I will buy new from the authors I love. Mainly because I don't have the patience to wait for the WL. Usually I buy them at Walmart or Trget where I get 10-15% the cover price so they aren't too expensive. I do like to support authors (hey they are trying to make a lviing too) but the vast, vast majority of my books, say 95% came from here or a used book store/library sale.
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 9:06 AM ET
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I do make a conscious effort to buy books new by authors that I love in the erotica genre, only because the readership is so much smaller than romance that I want to support their efforts. If it's by big name authors I'm putting it on my WL.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:40 PM ET
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Well, when you read as much as we do, you almost have to buy used when you can.  In terms of affording my addiction, it's a major league monkey to have on your back.  I can't imagine the hundreds of books that have gone through my hands in the last 4yrs or so at bookstore prices.  I'd be eating cat food by now:P

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 9:06 AM ET
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 I can't imagine the hundreds of books that have gone through my hands in the last 4yrs or so at bookstore prices.  I'd be eating cat food by now  :P

Kim, you kill me!

Actually, I use PBS for everything EXCEPT my favorite authors who have written new stuff.  I just want to support them.  And Jennifer is new, so she deserves support, too.  But I agree, purchasing even used books was getting out of hand before PBS came along because we read so much, so fast.

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 9:20 AM ET
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And then look at all of the "new to me" stuff we've discovered through networking with each other.  Had it not been for used books, I wouldn't have discovered some of my favorites to begin with.  I really wasn't thinking about it when I put Jennifer's upcoming book on WL, but I will from now on.  I'm also glad I bought new books from Meredith Duran & Sherry Thomas too.  I never think about the contracts end of things, but book sales are certain to be a big factor there.

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 11:50 AM ET
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I used to just buy whatever books I wanted--but a year ago I learned I couldn't keep affording to do that. So what I did was start using my credit card rewards. I used to pay things by check/debit but now I put everything (phone bills, internet, electric, car insurance, groceries etc . . .) on 2 credit cards where I earn gift cards to bookstores. It has really worked--I probably buy 4-5 new releases each month using gift cards/certificates. I only recommend this if you can pay off the bills in full and I recommend using fixed bills that normally you'd pay by check--I switched credit cards in order to get ones that offered me gift cards and for me, it has turned out to be the solution to my reading habit. But I love PBS because I can try out new authors, add to my collection of harlequin presents (almost finished w/ collection), and if I discover a new author I really like, I can get their earlier books here on PBS. I also go to my library where I will put mostly hardcovers on hold--since I prefer paperbacks--and hardcovers are still too expensive.
Date Posted: 3/4/2009 6:14 PM ET
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i've been doing basically that for several years now - put just about everything on my Discover card, and when i cash in the rewards i use $20 of rewards to get a $25 Borders gift card.  then when i buy new books i use the gift card, and i also rarely buy a new book without using at least a 25% off coupon even if i have to wait a while to get the right kind of coupon.  otherwise i couldn't afford to get new books anywhere near as often.

and of course, i always suggest Borders gift cards or Amazon gift certs if someone wants to give me a present.  :)

i've been shopping at the UBS for years as well, and have probably $300 worth of credit there built up to shop with, but PBS has just been great.  i was able to get some books i'd been waiting to find for *years* at the UBS, and most of the time i'll get new releases much faster via the WL than if i waited to find them at the UBS.