I have this problem with free e-books. For Halloween, Pulseit made three horror/zombie/scary books available for free for a day or two, and I was giddy over the fact that these were FREE BOOKS OMG THEY’RE FREE! But then I inconveniently remembered that I don’t actually like horror books, and that if I saw these books at the bookstore, I would never pick them up because they either have scary-looking covers or dust jacket summaries that just don’t interest me. (Yes, Jenny Pox made it past my double-defenses!) And since these books are only available for such short periods of time, I feel like I’m forcing myself to prioritize them on my reading list, even when I’m not in the mood for certain books.
I have the same problem when I go on Amazon in that I’ll go crazy downloading all the free books. Most times I never even open them, and the worst case scenario is that I end up forgetting about them for long periods of time before I dig up my Amazon collection again. I have better luck with books I find from Project Gutenberg, but again, they mostly just sit there taking up space on my harddrive. And there are a gazillion other sources for free e-books on the Internet that just blow my mind because there are so many books and not enough time to read everything!
So I’m going to tell myself to not get free books just because they’re free. Free books are just like books from the library or from the bookstore, and I should only get them if I actually WANT to read them… not because I don’t need to pay for them.
Do you read free e-books, and do you get stressed out like I do over them? How do you cope with the stress?