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Old 03-09-2009, 03:22 PM   #16
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If every book I owned was leather bound, on fine paper, made the true old fashioned way, I'd regret giving them up. But the way things currently are, no.

I love "real" books, don't get me wrong. But I cannot wait to get 90%+ of the paperbacks out of the house. When we got married, we merged two very large libraries and even years later, we still don't have enough room for them all. We're both re-readers, which means that in general books aren't something that neither are sold nor donated. They take up tremendous amounts of space and are impossible to keep organized or dusted. And they breed like rabbits, with dozens added every year. Having a Kindle is changing all of that, and ultimately I'm hoping that the only paper books left in the house are the hardcovers, limited editions, etc. that we truly love. There are still hundreds of those, we won't be deprived. LOL

It's far more comfortable to read the Kindle than a paper book. It's astonishing to think about how many books you can now store in so little space. It's an utterly amazing feeling to reach the end of a book, only to realize you can buy the sequel and start reading it (!) without leaving your bed at 2 AM. (Yes, this is a problem if you're supposed to be up in the morning....)

And as others have said, there are still plenty of paper books to buy; not everything is available in e-format, and not everything is suitable to read that way.

No regrets here.
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Old 03-09-2009, 03:31 PM   #17
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This is my one big problem with e-books - they're not permanent. I have been using computers a really long time, and I know that formats change. Eventually the formats we're using today will be replaced. There may be a way to convert my purchased e-books to whatever comes next. Maybe not. Who can say? I've kept a lot of documents over the years on various storage formats - disk, zip drives, etc - they're very hard to read data from now.

There's also the risk of data loss. As of now, all of my family photos, movies, and my music is digital. Next comes my books. I even back them up. That's all well and good, but most people don't back up. It's technical, a hassle and difficult to do right.

I can say for sure that my paper books will still be usable in 20-30 years. So I'll keep my favorites and probably get rid of the rest.

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Old 03-09-2009, 03:47 PM   #18
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I only keep the rare fiction hardcover usually until I can acquire a legal ebook version or I find the time to scan, OCR, proofread, and convert. I am slowly converting a number of craft books to reflowable PDF. Eventually, I'd like to have only a few favorites in physical form and the rest in electronic form.
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Old 03-09-2009, 04:03 PM   #19
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Before I bought my Reader, I'd started weeding out the bookcases. I had a plan of rereading every book to decide whether to keep it or donate to the local library book sale. I still plan to donate the majority of my books but I probably won't reread them all first. The hardest part of the process is finding time to sort the books and lug them downstairs to the car.

I only have two bookcases. My goal is to repurpose one for craft supply storage. Therefore, the books have to go. I'll keep my favorites and will probably purchase paper replacements for a few rather decrepit looking books that I've had since high school. Life in a backpack is rough on paperback novels.

I'm replacing some of my favorites with audiobooks. In some cases, listening to the audio is better than reading the book.

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Old 03-09-2009, 04:20 PM   #20
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It feels great to get rid of the books and then look at clean shelves! (2 wks, and they are already getting re-filled with fossils and rocks and gemstones.)
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Old 03-09-2009, 04:30 PM   #21
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I like real books. I've bought first editions of things I really like, and I am not getting rid of them.

But I am a total convert to ebooks. I find them easier to read than most paperbacks, and the dictionary and search functions are becoming indispensable to me.

I do find the 6" still too small, though. Somehow, for me, reading a book on the 8" screen iLiad is more satisfying, even though the Kindle UI is much better.
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If I could find my favorite books in ebook format my bookshelf would be almost empty.
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Old 03-09-2009, 05:50 PM   #23
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Not for me. Some people think reading is as much about the experience of touching the pages and etc. but for me it's about the story. I think now that ebook readers are available paper books are a waste of resources and space. I do plan to keep a couple of my signed first editions but that's it. The only exception and/or downside is signed and/or first editions of your favorite books isn't possible with ebooks.

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I find paper books to be a burden and try to get rid of them as quickly as possible after reading.

I spend quite a bit of energy trying to find good homes for my old paper books (giving to friends, donating to the library, paperbackswap.com, etc.). It is liberating to begin to put that behind me.
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