Last night I downloaded a book for my IPad and realized, about twenty pages in, that I’d already read it. I didn’t bother reading the Look Inside feature because I just KNEW I hadn’t read the book. Big Mistake. I bought the book years ago in hardback from a bookstore. Nor did I particularly enjoy reading the book the first time. There’s a scene in it that caused a big kerfuffle in the romance reading community and which I just thought was, well, implausible.
I was not only out $7.00 and change but I didn’t have anything to read.
A few of my favorite urban fantasy authors have come out with new books but they’re priced at $10.00. I won’t read them at that price (color me cheap).
Short of keeping a diary, which I’m not going to do, I don’t know how to prevent the episode last night from happening again. If I bought the book at a bookstore, there’s no record of it anywhere. That’s why I like buying books at Amazon. If I’ve already bought a book, a banner warning appears.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the blurb of a book, saw it was on sale and tried to buy it, only for that banner to appear. I’ll search for it on my Kindle, start to read and realize it was a book I didn’t like.
I guess I’ll have to make a rule for myself – never buy a book until you’ve read the first chapter. Or only buy new books – but that rule would cheat me out of some great books I never read.
How about you? Have you bought books you’ve already read? How do you stop it from happening?