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Poll #18908 A poll for people who have both an ebook library and an ereader
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 134

What fraction of your ebook library do you load onto your ereader?

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A very small fraction
14 (10.4%)

A small fraction
15 (11.2%)

Some of my ebooks
24 (17.9%)

Most of my ebooks
33 (24.6%)

All of my ebooks
39 (29.1%)

More than all of my ebooks; some of the review arcs expired
1 (0.7%)

I would like to complain about this poll
3 (2.2%)

Some other answer (see comments)
5 (3.7%)

Date: 2017-10-07 09:58 pm (UTC)
smilingslightly: Weeping, kneeling woman with heels. Text says 20000 girls wrote its blistering story. From pulp poster at eatliver.com (anguished_girls (eatliver.com vintage ad)
From: [personal profile] smilingslightly
I keep a catalog of my library on my reader, and a copy of the actual library both on a local machine and in personal storage online, so that I can download/sideload at will. The number of books on my reader tends to rise over time, especially as I'm always reading multiple books over a given period, and I often take notes, which are a pain to access once the book is deleted.

Date: 2017-10-07 10:21 pm (UTC)
ckd: (cpu)
From: [personal profile] ckd
Most and not all only because I have some books that came in bundles (think Baen monthly webscriptions or downloaded Hugo voter packets) that I know I don't ever want to read (or re-read).

Date: 2017-10-08 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mcbadger
Similar here; there are books from Humble Bundles that are either never going to make it on, or are sitting in Calibre and will make the trip eventually. Hugo packets... there are certain items that I didn't finish the first time round and I'm not about to have another go.

Date: 2017-10-07 10:22 pm (UTC)
alexxkay: (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexxkay
Very small fraction of a VERY large library.

ETA: That is, I have several hundred books on my phone at any given time.
Edited (Clarity) Date: 2017-10-08 04:11 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-10-08 11:55 am (UTC)
autopope: Me, myself, and I (Default)
From: [personal profile] autopope
I resemble this comment. (Been reading ebooks since late 1990s, switched to exclusively reading ebooks rather than paper in the mid-2000s.)

Date: 2017-10-07 10:41 pm (UTC)
gingicat: drawing of me based on wedding photo (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
I am one of those weird people who can read only one book at a time. If I know I won't have access to wifi for a while, I'll load a bunch of books.

Date: 2017-10-07 10:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] annathepiper
For me, it's "most". My master library is actually on my computer, but I have what I haven't read yet on the actual ereader tablet. I have oodles of space on it, but usually remove the things I've read once I've read them. (Unless there's a specific reason I want a specific title on the device.)

Date: 2017-10-07 11:17 pm (UTC)
beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
If I am at home where I have access to my computer to load books onto my tablet ... I probably wouldn't be reading an ebook. And if I did want to read one, it would be a spur of the moment thing, in which case the extra steps of loading it would probably defeat me.

Look, I'm autistic. Executive dysfunction is a thing. I eliminate extra steps wherever possible, because each extra step is a possible fail point and I use up most of my organizational skills on work.

Date: 2017-10-07 11:41 pm (UTC)
klgaffney: (Default)
From: [personal profile] klgaffney
Executive dysfunction is why I haven't updated my Nook from my master ebook library or music library in ages, despite having dedicated software to keep it all nicely organized, so yeah.

Date: 2017-10-07 11:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] klgaffney
I'm at "most" but I probably should've put "some." I have a master library on my laptop and on online storage. I'm still collecting titles in the master library while being increasingly selective about how much I'm keeping on my ereader (also I'm very unmotivated about updating it despite having Calibre to help). The books share space on a 28 GB microSD with a small portion of a huge music library, the entire run of the Constantine series, and a few other odds and ends.

(This reminds me that now that I get to read on my breaks, I should really update my ereader with new stuff and dump the old stuff/stuff that's been there forever and I still show no interest in listening to or reading.)
Edited Date: 2017-10-07 11:35 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-10-07 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kithrup
Why is "Cats" not one of the choices?

Date: 2017-10-07 11:49 pm (UTC)
elusis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] elusis
You keep your cats on your e-reader? That seems convenient, but fuzzy.

Date: 2017-10-07 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kithrup
The future of computing is fuzzy logic.

Date: 2017-10-08 04:18 pm (UTC)
malnpudl: (Default)
From: [personal profile] malnpudl
I need a Like button.

Date: 2017-10-08 07:09 pm (UTC)
thewayne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewayne
Does the future of fuzzy logic require Benedryl?

Date: 2017-10-08 12:21 am (UTC)
anne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] anne
Some other answer: I keep all the ebooks I own on my e-ink Nook but only library books on my tablet Kindle.

Date: 2017-10-08 12:39 am (UTC)
thistleingrey: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
My smartphone is my current "ereader," so it has what I think I may want to read in the near future. It doesn't have room for everything; nearly everything is on my computer, backed up to one of those services (Dropbox/Box/Google Drive/etc.). That way, after I finish reading something, I can delete the phone's copy of the file.

What isn't on the computer is transient bits of fanfic, since sometimes it's enough to read it once. I keep epub or html copies of a few stories I've liked enough to wish to reread.

Date: 2017-10-08 01:48 am (UTC)
dragoness_e: Living Dead Girl (Living Dead Girl)
From: [personal profile] dragoness_e
I keep my e-book library on my computer, in Calibre, and back it up now and then. I keep books I am currently reading or haven't read yet or like to refer to frequently on my book reader. (A) There's not enough room for everything, and (b) I'm not that fond of my current e-reader as an e-reader. It makes a great You Tube video & LP viewer, though.

Date: 2017-10-08 02:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] benbenberi
Ebooks I acquire directly from Amazon live in the Amazon cloud, & many are also on my Kindle (the ones I haven't read yet, and the ones I have read and like enough to keep on hand). Ebooks I acquire from other sources mostly live on my computer in Calibre (backed up multiply) and some of those are also on my Kindle, mostly the more recently acquired and the old favorites. (A few of my Amazon books are also in Calibre.) I keep meaning to consolidate my library so Calibre has everything, and also to organize my Kindle library better, but I haven't done either yet.

Date: 2017-10-08 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] felila
My ebooks live on my (current) main computer and in my Dropbox. Which I was just forced to upgrade. I have thousands. They are all labeled and filed in mine own scheme (based on genre, country or area of origin, century, author alphabetically, and a buncha other stuff). I sideload what I am currently reading to my smartphone and delete once read. I use Calibre but I do not store books in it. I also delete books from my local Kindle and ADE lists once transferred to Dropbox. I do not mess with my Amazon-stored books at all. In effect, I have just one library.

It's a bit of a hassle keeping everything labeled and sorted, but I can always find what I want.

Date: 2017-10-08 04:34 am (UTC)
wendelah1: Sally from Peanuts looking at a shelf of books (book geek)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
I rarely buy ebooks or books, period. I borrow them from the library.

Date: 2017-10-08 05:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drplokta
Books go on a device when I want to read them on that device, and never get deleted. So they accumulate slowly and get purged when the device goes. I currently have three portable devices on which I sometimes read books (phone, tablet, Kindle).

Date: 2017-10-08 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lfex
Six, because my current e-reader is Inkbook, and this is the number of titles it displays on the first page. I usually read them all (unless something proves unreadable) and then delete them and upload next six positions on by TBR list.

Date: 2017-10-08 07:24 am (UTC)
ellarien: Blue/purple pansy (Default)
From: [personal profile] ellarien
I mostly didn't bother to load onto the current e-reader, when it was new, books I'd already read on other devices. But everything else is on there, including a virtual to-read pile that currently stands at 135. On my phone and tablet, though, I only download what I want to read right now -- a habit I developed when I had a phone with 16GB and no slot for an SD card.

Date: 2017-10-08 07:47 am (UTC)
nishatalitha: Sepia photo of a woman in an old-fashioned dress with a book (Woman and Book)
From: [personal profile] nishatalitha
Some other answer: most of my legitimately obtained ebooks, except some of the Hugo packets and various kickstarter rewards which either read & didn't enjoy or aren't going to read. Also I was given a set of about 8k ebooks which I sorted in Calibre but didn't put on my kindle and I hate deleting files. Unless they're the Gor books in which case they went with prejudice. I'm not sure how many books are on my kindle paperwhite. There are certainly hundreds but not sure if it hits 1k of books.
Edited Date: 2017-10-08 07:48 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-10-08 07:53 am (UTC)
scott_sanford: (Default)
From: [personal profile] scott_sanford
Technically I have books that I have not yet loaded onto my ereader.

I'm not sure I follow the logic of having thousands of books and a device capable of holding thousands of books without combining the two. The indexing problem is real, though.

Date: 2017-10-08 09:30 am (UTC)
julesjones: (Default)
From: [personal profile] julesjones
I get most of my books from Amazon, which will attempt to put them on my phone unless I actively stop it, or Kobo, which will put them onto my Kobo hardware the next time I remember to synch it. This means a lot of my books get on something-or-other without much active intervention from the human in the chain. Stuff from Book View Cafe is a bit more hit and miss, even though it's more likely to be something I actively want to read and have sought out, rather than because it looked vaguely interesting in the Amazon or BookBub mailshot.

(I will actively stop Amazon attempting to stuff my phone full of books because my phone being a first generation Moto G had very limited memory. I upgraded to the newest model for Worldcon, but have not yet got around to organising the memory.)

Date: 2017-10-08 10:08 am (UTC)
heron61: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heron61
I can't see any reason not to have all my books on every device I own (computer, phone (which I use for on the go reading), and 8" tablet (which is mostly used as an ereader).

Date: 2017-10-08 01:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dormouse1953
I bought a Nook a few years ago as they were cheap in the UK at the time and discovered that all purchased books went straight to the Nook with no obvious way to store them on a computer. (Turned out the Nook reading app for Windows was withdrawn in the UK.)

But I also discovered that I did not like reading e-books, so I only loaded books such as those in the Hugo packet I didn't fancy buying and the occasional book for my reading group.

I like the heft of a real book in my hands. Even to the extent of carrying a paperback of War and Peace with me when I went on holiday to Kansas City last year.

Date: 2017-10-08 03:52 pm (UTC)
vatine: Generated with some CL code and a hand-designed blackletter font (Default)
From: [personal profile] vatine
I have things in my ebook library that I don't intend to read, so why encumber the portable part of the library with them? I could, I guess, erase them, but I quite cherish the thought of having them there ranked lower than I would normally do.

Let's just say I am a LOT more careful about buying book bundles now...

Date: 2017-10-08 05:19 pm (UTC)
gehayi: (hermione books (lilacsigil))
From: [personal profile] gehayi
I have 205 ebooks on my Kindle right now and close to 400 that are in stasis. Either I don't want the ones in stasis around because I didn't like them especially or they've been shoved aside to make space for other, newer ebooks.

Date: 2017-10-08 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thewormthatflies
My Calibre library is large and contains large PDFs (RPG manuals, textbooks and graphic novels). I don't want to sync everything to my mobile because it would be slow and take up too much space, and I don't want to sync everything except the large things because that would require effort.

I already back up my ebooks elsewhere, so I don't need the extra backup. I also don't want to flip through my entire giant library looking for things to read while waiting for a bus -- I just want a few options that I can decide between quickly.

So at any given time my mobile contains a small curated selection of unread books that Past Me thought that Future Me ought to read next. I delete them once I have read them and marked them as read in my main library.

Date: 2017-10-08 07:19 pm (UTC)
thewayne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewayne
As stated in a reply on another post, my iPad has Dropbox and iCloud. iCloud has my full library, sans comics, because I don't like reading comics on my iPad Mini. Currently there's approximately 1500 epubs with some duplicates as Humble Bundle has a certain amount of dupes between offers. It's a mix of scifi/fantasy and technical/computer/Maker/Humble Bundle stuff. The actual amount loaded in to my iPad's ebook reader varies from week to week.

Now, my eBooks folder on my iMac says it takes 61 gig of disk with 18,000 items, but that includes a lot of computer books that are not in my iCloud library at this time. If/when I start working again, I expect that mix will change depending on job requirements. I've ran most of my Apple bookstore purchases through a DRM stripper that turns them in to plain old epubs, so there's a lot of duplication between my Apple library and my disk-based library.

Date: 2017-10-08 08:53 pm (UTC)
phantom_wolfboy: picture of me (Default)
From: [personal profile] phantom_wolfboy
All, but I have very few e-books.

Date: 2017-10-08 09:02 pm (UTC)
ffutures: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ffutures
All of my epubs are on the ebook reader, but I also have several hundred books (mostly RPGs) in PDF format; since the ebook reader is crap at showing PDFs they live on my desktop computer unless needed on the laptop or iPad.

Date: 2017-10-08 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] romsfuulynn
I have more than 8000 purchased/legitimately acquired ebooks. When I get a new reader, every year or so, I load series I know I will reread, new purchases, and and other things to reread as I get the urge.

I've got about 1000 on my Voyage.

Date: 2017-10-08 10:00 pm (UTC)
snippy: Lego me holding book (Default)
From: [personal profile] snippy
I have all my BN books on my ereader, along with a few dozen downloaded fanfics I particularly like. I also have the BN app on my phone, but only a few books downloaded on the phone.

Date: 2017-10-08 11:39 pm (UTC)
yhlee: I am a cilantro writer (cilantro photo) (cilantro writer)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
I load the stuff that I want access to and care about reading. Nonfiction-wise I have a ton of PDFs that I read for research once upon a time and keep on my desktop's HD in case I ever need them again, but it's not like they were fun to read and I don't want them cluttering up my tablet. Fiction-wise I end up with a lot of ebooks that turn out not to be to my taste so I don't want those cluttering up my ereaders either, and I am bad about deleting them off my HD, so they just sit around in the collection even if I don't have them on the ereaders. The category of reading I'm most likely to have synced to an appreciable degree is the fanfic, because that's usually the most actual fun to read.

EDIT: Forgot one category, which is the tabletop RPGs and game design books. I tend to have a higher percentage of those because I actually care; again, there are some RPGs that I have lying around my HD that I'm not all that invested in and am too lazy to clean out, so they don't end up on my tablet, but I have a better hit rate enjoying reading RPGs than reading straight-up fiction.
Edited Date: 2017-10-08 11:42 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-10-09 02:15 am (UTC)
brighidn: Anastasia Krupnik (Anastasia)
From: [personal profile] brighidn
I tend to read from paper for deep, long story. But manuals I keep on tablet enmasse. And I do have a tidy collection of novels, and classics, on hand by ebook. But it's an interface bother. I wish someone would invent a real book with real flexible epaper, something flippable to satisfy the needs of touch mnemonics which have been proven to make traditional books superior to ebooks for memory. Then one could load whatever book one needed and it would still be a book.

Date: 2017-10-09 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mikeda
My ereader is my Ipad and is also basically my ebook library. There are a few Hugo downloads on my home computer that I haven't loaded into anything but I'm not thinking of them as being in my "library".

Date: 2017-10-09 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
According to Calibre I have 695 ebooks, 341 flagged as unread which are loaded onto my Nook. Once I've read something it gets updated tags in Calibre and deleted off the Nook because the browsing interface on the Nook sucks...

The Mount TBR rot started when Angry Robot offered 100 bundles of their first 100 titles for 100 quid a few years ago, and since then has been built higher by Humble Bundles, Story Bundles and Amazon "Oh, it's only 99p. I'll get it now and read it later" weaknesses.

Date: 2017-10-09 10:06 pm (UTC)
hrj: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hrj
To be precise, all my *fiction* ebooks are on my ereader. I do have a sizeable collection of nonfiction pdfs (both print-to-pdf and scans) that I don't load onto it. Things like 100+ historic cookbooks, vast quantities of academic article offprints, and so forth.

Date: 2017-10-19 09:28 pm (UTC)
elf: Quote: She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain (Fond of Books)
From: [personal profile] elf
I just noticed this; I'm surprised at how many people keep their entire digital library on their ereader.

I have several thousand ebooks on my computer. Scanned-and-converted novels, Humble Bundle purchases, gaming PDFs, fanfic, public domain Hathi Trust things... lots and lots of digital books.

I keep a couple hundred on the ereader at any one time. I've yet to meet an ereader that has a navigation system that works well with more than that. I've had four ereaders that I used extensively, a couple more types that I've used a little bit, and all of them had horrible nav systems for entire libraries.


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