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

Posted March 14, 2017 by Kathy in Discussion / 13 Comments

Reading Challenges: 2017 Discussion Challenge


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 it 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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13 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!

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