Oops!…I did it again! I bought a book I already had

Posted March 14, 2017 by Kathy in Discussion / 24 Comments


I use a Nook HD and have the Kindle app.  I love that I have the option between the two stores to buy a book at the lowest price. But having access to both stores can lead to a mistake of buying a book twice. To avoid doing this I made sure to check if I had the book in one of the versions. This step was going great until last week – I bought an eBook for an audiobook I already had! I couldn’t believe I did this. The funny thing is the title sounded familiar but they changed the book cover. I hate it when they do this lol! For books I love I do have different versions of them, for example I loved Cinder so I have the paperback, eBook and audiobook versions (because I know I will someday re-read this book). But I hate to waste money on a book I haven’t read yet. So now I do the following steps to avoid this mistake:

Do I have a Nook version?  I think it is easier to search on my Nook for a book title than going on the Barnes & Noble website. On the website you won’t be told you have the book until you try to add the book to your cart. If I don’t find the title in my Nook then I move on to the next step.

Do I have a Kindle version? I love that on Amazon.com the site will tell you if you’ve purchased the eBook and the date (it surprises me sometimes to see how long ago I purchased an eBook and forgot all about it!). If I do not have a Kindle version then I move on to the next step.

Do I have an Audible version? On Amazon.com the site will tell you if you’ve purchased the audible version.  Since Audible.com and Amazon.com are the same company it is so easy to visit one site to verify if you have the audiobook. This is a new step I’ll have to remember to do!!

Once I’ve purchased a book I use Goodreads to track my TBR list.  This year I created a Nook, Kindle and Audiobook shelf so I’ll know where I can locate the book.

Do you have different versions of books? Either on purpose or by accident (like me lol).

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24 responses to “Oops!…I did it again! I bought a book I already had

  1. I use LibraryThing…when I was packing I found out I had FOUR COPIES of New Moon!! Four!! And two of Mockingjay! So I used LibraryThing for my physical books and now I know everything I own. I have a special shelf I just made for my ebooks, but that’s going to take longer bc I have like 600 ebooks, most on Kindle and a few on other platforms. I know the prob. I once checked out a book from library’s Overdrive app that I bought during a Kindle sale: I couldn’t return the book because I owned it…I had to wait until the book timed out and then someone else could check it out and I still had my copy. Lol.

    • Kathy

      Four copies! Wow lol. I haven’t heard of LibraryThing but I rely on Goodreads to track my books (I hope the website never goes away lol). Thank you for stopping by!

      • Oh of course! And I use Goodreads for a lot, but I really like the way LibraryThing organizes. It’s free and easy. I use Goodreads more for my TBR and my reviews. But to each their own! 😉

          • It is! I am very happy and now I realized I have ANOTHER app on my phone for organizing books that I didn’t know I had…may try to see if it works with my ebooks. I have a LOT of those! Mainly I just like being able to add my own covers so I remember the condition of the book if I ever see a better copy. That’s a plus to me. But Goodreads is my jam: I love them for my TBR and for so many pluses.
            Both are grrrrreat! (Tony the Tiger style up in here! 😂)

  2. ALL. THE. TIME! I can’t tell you how many books I own in multiples formats on multiple devices. Ugh! I’m kinda glad I’m not the only one. 😉 I’ve been considering creating a spreadsheet but with the number of books I have, it’s a daunting task. Using Goodreads is a good idea though – especially breaking it down to separate devices. I might give that a try. Great post, Kathy!

    • Kathy

      It’s crazy when we do this lol. I started a spreadsheet but got tired of it so now I rely on Goodreads. I hope the website stays around or else I would be confused with the books I own lol. Thanks Brandee for stopping by!

  3. I’ve done it myself, but not with ebooks because I’m always able to check my lists first when it comes to the ebooks. I’m always at home when I’m looking at ebooks, and I can go to my computer to check my list first. But it becomes harder away from home. I’ve gotten physical books at book sales and Goodwill, then gotten home and gone, “Dang! I have this one already!”

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    • Kathy

      I don’t have a lot of physical books because I don’t have shelf space, so it’s easier for me to keep track than ebooks. I have thousands of ebooks so now I’m trying to be more careful before I buy a ebook lol. Thanks Jen for stopping by!

    • Kathy

      Oops lol. It’s good to hear I’m not the only one to do this. Thanks Nicole for stopping by!

  4. I do this ALL THE TIME. Except it’s with bargain books. I’ll find one on sale for a couple bucks and wonder if it’s familiar because I’ve already bought it, or because I was interested in it at one point…

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    • Kathy

      The sales is what causes me trouble. I get so excited about seeing a book at low price but now I take the time to make sure I don’t have it first. It’s really easy to forget and just click to buy lol. Thanks for stopping by Kelly!

  5. I’ve done this so many times and it drives me insane whenever I think about it! Thankfully, when I buy a physical book that I own already, I can exchange it within a week or so. I’ve done it before and I’ve never had problems. Now, ebooks and audiobooks are a completely different story. I started writing down the books that I purchase and of course, I have a lot of Goodreads shelves. When it comes to special editions or favorite books, I always tend to buy several copies though! 😀

    • Kathy

      I have over a thousand ebooks and I just recently started using Goodreads to track it. So for now I’ll have to actually look at my Nook and Kindle app to make sure I don’t buy the same book lol. Thanks Elena for stopping by!

  6. Oh I do this ALL the time. ALL. The. Time. And I only have a Kindle, and I don’t read audiobooks, so let that one sink in. I have loooots of books where I have both physical and Kindle copies- not on purpose, mind you, just because I am ridiculous and had no idea I owned it. I have even sadly bought two physical copies, not realizing I already had one, which is just… mind bogglingly stupid. At least I don’t tend to buy Kindle books twice because Amazon has that handy feature (I’ll call it the “hey there pal, you already bought that one” as it smacks you across the face). If it didn’t… I would probably have countless copies of the same book I fear!

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    • Kathy

      It is crazy but I get so excited to see a book on sale. Then I realize I already had it lol. Thanks Shannon for stopping by!!

  7. I think I’ve only done that once. I had an eBook but forgot about it and ended up buying a physical copy of the same book lol That’s the only time I can think of >.< There have been times when I wanted to purchase an ebook because it was on sale but I already had the physical copy – I tend to read ebooks faster – but I never do it because why pay twice hahaa

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    • Kathy

      You are lucky! I often try to buy an ebook then realize I already have it lol. Thanks Molly for stopping by!

  8. Haha, this has happened to me once or twice, I think… But the only time I can recall now is when I had a friend gift me one I already had. Except she gave me the paper version when I had the ebook, so I guess that’s… better than just having two ebooks xD

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    • Kathy

      That is better and nice of your friend to gift you a book. Those are the best presents lol. Thanks Evelina for stopping by!