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by sitecore\akronzer on October 13, 2010

It may be because the holiday season is approaching, but electronic reading devices seem to be all the rage lately. These digital readers can be quite expensive, but I’ve always heard that the electronic copy of a book can be much less expensive than the printed copy. Since I’ve never actually checked and have opted to go digital with my books, I decided to do a little comparison.

Am I really saving any money by purchasing eBooks rather than hardbacks or paperbacks? Below are 10 of the latest books in my collection and their selling prices.

To buy or not to buy: Electronic Reading Devices

The average cost of an electronic reading device is about $225 for the most popular ones on the market. Since I received mine as a gift, I have saved over $130 by going digital! Had I put in the initial investment of approximately $225 though, I wouldn’t have actually saved any money this year. :)

So, if you’re an avid reader, investing in the device may be a big money saver in the long run since you’re buying a lot more books. If you’re like me however and only wish to be an avid reader, the digital reader may only be another pretty gadget. Needless to say, the ultimate money saver whether you’re a literary lover or not, is to go to the library to get the books for free!

To buy or not to buy: Electronic Reading Devices

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Amy says:
October 14, 2010

I was contemplating on purchasing one of these devices...I didn't realize how much money you save! thanks for doing the work for me:)

Anna Kronzer says:
October 18, 2010

Thanks everyone for all the extra tips on where to get discount books! I enjoy reading books on my electronic reader mostly because it's convenient, but I agree that with some searching and time, you can definitely find great bargains elsewhere. If anyone else has tips on where to find discounts--electronically or not--please do share!

Chris says:
October 14, 2010

Suggested retail looks a bit a on the high side when compared to paperback prices on Amazon. Example, A Thousand Splendid Suns currently runs $10.88 and Blink is at $6.66 - both less than the digital price.

Gail Hopkins says:
October 14, 2010

Hello, I purchased a Nook from Barnes and Nobleand about 2 weeks later the price dropped by $100. I contacted B & N and asked for a price adjustment, no dice there. however they do have Free book Fridays, and have downloaded some 25 free books so that is the upside to this. I've only purchased one book so far. the other down side is the charging mechanism seems to have some flaws and there are intermittent challenges with charging the E book. You don't have to charge a paperback! I do like my Nook, but most likely would rethink it if doing today.

Joan says:
October 14, 2010

This is only valid if you pay full suggested retail price for all the books you buy. Who does that?

Mayra says:
October 17, 2010

I sold my Kindle once I realized my smart phone let me download the Nook and Kindle programs for free. I have access to all the books i had purchased for my Kindle. Since I already get 20% off discount for my data plan because of my job. It works out to be a great discount.

Mike says:
October 14, 2010

I enjoy reading books on my iphone. Using the ibooks app. They have free books you can down load.

Nhi says:
October 14, 2010

I think these are definitely worth it. I have tons of books that are stored in boxes in my garage. I love the fact that these online "books" save me space in my home. Definitely a great investment!

Pete Martet says:
October 14, 2010

I want to be polite, but you've got to be kidding me! You didn't consider the price of discounted books online! When those are considered, the kindle and eBooks seem downright expensive--especially when you consider the cost of the reader. For example, Thousand Splendid Suns sells in paperback for $10.85--$2.14 less than the ebook version; and you own the book! [with eBooks, you don't technically own them and can be taken back by the seller]. And then there is used or secondary market books! Checking via (which quickly searches for the lowest prices online for new and used books--and has browswer add-ons for Firefox and Internet Explorer that allow you to search on the fly) shows that Thousand Splendid Suns is available for $1 for a used paperback; $3 for new; and $2.53 hardcover. Compare that to a digital eBook, which isn't as nice to read and you don't really own and/or could break and pls reconsider whether it is a bargain.

Sharon says:
October 14, 2010

You confirmed what I suspected, but my choice is not to would take awhile to gain. But I won't go with an electronic reader because I buy a lot of used books and sell the new ones I purchase on Amazon so it vastly reduces the expense of my habit. Now if someone gave me one... Thanks.

ZbpmDDYRJPmIiAfVFMx says:
February 12, 2012

I went over this site and I think you have a lot of sepurb info, saved to bookmarks (:.

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