The Free Addiction

I don’t have an ereader, but I love ebooks. For the last 7 years, I’ve read them on my pda or computer. Even though the readers are cheap in price, I haven’t been willing to part with the money for a device that to just read on. Which is weird because I have a plain cell phone (not a smart phone) and an MP3 player and lots of other things that just do one thing. Of course, I do have an ipad and on it I have nook and kindle apps.
Which leads me to my latest problem.
As I writer, I am a member of many, many writing loops and groups and as soon as I see that someone has a book free for the day, I download it. I’m easy that way. But before you judge me and my addiction, I should say that I don’t actively seek out free books. I only download those that pop up in my inbox.
I could delude myself and say it helps out my fellow writers. Which it does. I also write reviews for those books that I like (3 or more stars) as payment for giving me a couple of hours of entertainment. And I also retweet their announcement so that other freebie-aholics can download them too.
But, I’m not at a point where I get to read those books. I’ve started a very aggressive writing/publishing schedule and I can’t read fiction and write it at the same time see previous post. I currently have downloaded 212 free books and I bought 74 over Christmas. And while that sounds like a lot, I just read 15 books in less than two weeks. (Okay 5 were novellas, but so are some of my freebies, especially one that I just read)
So I could theoretically do it in a year.
Except I won’t be reading anything until I finish writing the Redaction series but I’ll keep downloading those freebies and occasionally even buying a few more to add to the pile.
So maybe the freebies aren’t my addiction; it’s reading that I can’t give up.
Yeah, that sounds so much better. Now I just have to work on that time thing.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to The Free Addiction

  1. Dan says:

    Just think of all the books you will have on hand that haven’t been read if the EOTWAWKI arrives. I too have over 300 free books I haven’t read just for that purpose. I have them stored on my Kindle and I also have a small solar charger for it. I plan on purchasing a replacement battery for storage also. I read 4–5 novels a week so I guess I need to amass a much larger unread library.

  2. You are far more organized than I am. Cool a solar charger!

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