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Yes, it's nice to have a great collection of good books. 55 51.89%
No, if you're not reading them, you're wasting money. 51 48.11%
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:30 PM   #31
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As said, some of those books would be read, as there are no ebook versions. The poll is still almost even. You're all evil, because now I still can't make up my mind; it's mainly because of the cost of some of these books.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:30 PM   #32
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The presence of physical books in my home is akin to having comfort food in my kitchen cabinet. I may not want to eat it right now, but I know that it's there for when I want it.

No matter how how many ebooks I have, a house is not a home unless there are books in bookshelves, IMO.

I watch those various home shows on TV, the homes with their sleek modern interiors, sparingly furnished, clean lines, no clutter, and while that look appeals to me, I always find myself asking, "But where do they keep their books???"
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My answer for this poling is yes, because in my opinion it is good to have a great collection of good books. They might be useful for us in the future.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:39 AM   #34
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I once wanted a physical library. I dreamed about having a room just for books. I had a large collection of paper books. Four bookcases jammed full and 29 boxes I didn't have shelf space for. After getting my ereader I replaced about half with the ebooks and donated the paper books. It was liberating to no longer have all my space overrun with boxes. I'm also thinking of the future. I'm at the age when I need to start planning about needing to downsize to a smaller place and eventually look at retirement homes. Retirement apartments are tiny. In not too long a time I'll need to dispose of almost all my paper books because I simply won't have room for them. So I say no. Spend your money on something you'll actually use unless you have enough to just throw it away. I've been getting rid of a lot of physical stuff, not just books. Clothes that I don't like or don't fit. Appliances and tools I bought but never use. Art work that no longer appeals. The more I get rid of the freer I feel.
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I once wanted a physical library. I dreamed about having a room just for books. I had a large collection of paper books. Four bookcases jammed full and 29 boxes I didn't have shelf space for. After getting my ereader I replaced about half with the ebooks and donated the paper books. It was liberating to no longer have all my space overrun with boxes. I'm also thinking of the future. I'm at the age when I need to start planning about needing to downsize to a smaller place and eventually look at retirement homes. Retirement apartments are tiny. In not too long a time I'll need to dispose of almost all my paper books because I simply won't have room for them. So I say no. Spend your money on something you'll actually use unless you have enough to just throw it away. I've been getting rid of a lot of physical stuff, not just books. Clothes that I don't like or don't fit. Appliances and tools I bought but never use. Art work that no longer appeals. The more I get rid of the freer I feel.
Exactly!
If someone really gets warm and fuzzy looking at a nice bookcase full of classics then go for it! Who am I to criticize?

But not for me. I'm from the 'Bic disposable' school of book collecting; read 'em, delete 'em and move on. Technology is changing too fast to try to collect a bunch of ebooks. If I ever get the urge to re-read a particular book in the future, I'm quite confident that it will be readily available in a convenient format. I don't need to own it. (All I need to do is remember the name of it, but that's another rant! And GoodReads can help me there)

Instead, I will expend my digital resources on things that are truly irreplaceable and have lasting personal value, like pictures of my family, trips taken, and other personal memories.
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I'm at the age when I need to start planning about needing to downsize to a smaller place and eventually look at retirement homes. Retirement apartments are tiny.The more I get rid of the freer I feel.
All very good points. There is something to be said for only buying hardcover versions of books that cannot be obtained (or are unsuited) as an ebook.

I'm not at the age of retirement (that'll take at least another 34 years or so), but eventually, I'll get there. And my appartment isn't really big as it is.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:07 PM   #37
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All very good points. There is something to be said for only buying hardcover versions of books that cannot be obtained (or are unsuited) as an ebook.

I'm not at the age of retirement (that'll take at least another 34 years or so), but eventually, I'll get there. And my appartment isn't really big as it is.
You have a few more moves in you then where you have to box up and haul around all of your books. After a few of those years ago, I started giving away books just so I wouldn't have to move them again.

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Old 06-19-2013, 07:28 PM   #38
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If you have the money and physical space to spare for the books, and nobody else in your household is going to be upset, go for the bookcase and hardcover collection.


I do wonder if people like you are the main purchasers of the leather-bound hardcover books sold at Barnes & Noble for low prices. For people not familiar with them, B&N sells a number of PD hardcovers with fancy exteriors for about US$10-15. The interiors aren't anything special and they might not be printed on acid-free paper (meaning, I'm not sure on this) but they are inexpensive.

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Old 06-20-2013, 03:03 PM   #39
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I love to see heavily laden bookshelves in peoples homes. A quick glance at the books tells me a lot about what makes up that person. Unfortunately if I saw a library consisting mainly of hardback classics then my first thought would be that the owner had simply purchased a library in the same way you and I might buy groceries. Obviously this would still tell me a lot about the owner but it might not be the impression they were hoping for. If I was feeling playful then I might start picking titles and asking for the owner's opinion.

The available voting options are very restricted. I do think it's wonderful having a great collection of good books but I think collecting only hardbacks (and particularly hardback classics) smacks of trying too hard to impress. YMMV.

I couldn't vote.
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I love bookcases and I have yet to read all that are in mine.
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:11 PM   #42
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If you end up going with "yes" and have room for them, then I suggest you have a look at Encyclopædia Britannica's "Great Books of the Western World". 54 volumes, all of which containing works which contributed to shaping our way way of thinking about the world and ourselves. No longer in print, full second hand sets can be had for cheap from Amazon.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:51 PM   #43
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Such a bookcase is not for show only, as I intend to fully read or going to read every book that ends up in there. It'll not contain any books just because they're classics or because they're admired, such as the Brittanica. It's certainly not to impress anyone, as a previous poster mentioned. I couldn't care less about that.
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Good for you. I love my my pbooks. This is my main bookshelf in the lounge, it might not be epic but there are a few classics in there and there's even an encyclopaedia Britannica collection behind the settee. I only recently changed to a new shelving system, just some Billy bookcases from Ikea, but the end result made me happy.

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I divide my book buying into two tracks: hardcovers that I want to keep in my library and not only read at least once, but refer to again sometime in the future, and ebooks, which are read once and then forget about forever books.

When I add a hardcover to my library bookshelves, it is always there to remind me to read it or reread/consult it. When I "archive" an ebook, I do not see it again; it simply disappears into the nether with the hundreds, if not thousands, of other ebooks I have acquired. There is nothing to remind me of its existence, and the reality is that I am not going to scroll through thousands of ebooks to see if something jogs my memory. Hardcovers on my shelf are scannable and the covers draw me to them.

Although I love ebooks, I would never give up my hardcovers and go the ebook-only route.
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