Originally Posted by DiapDealer
I do admit that I'm quite often puzzled by the line of reasoning that places some sort of qualitative merit on a personal library's "ability" to be entirely consumed within the time constraints of its curator's life-span. *shrugs*
For me it's not about merit so much as pragmatism. I like being able to browse my library and find my next book to read. Yes I can search and filter and so on but with so many books, especially many that I may not remember when or where or why I downloaded them, it's harder. In any case I've no fear that should I suddenly get a hankering for a particular book or type of book that I don't currently have that it will have disappeared. If I really thought that then I would download it. It most cases either it'll still be there later or I won't really miss it that much.
Part of restricting my library is about making sure I don't have a crippling amount of choice right now.