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Old 06-05-2009, 05:44 AM   #16
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I was very surprised by IKEA quality. I thought that for such price, all shelves will bend under books weight within 2-3 years. However, 4 years and no signs of shelf deformation, considering that all my books are hardback editions or worse.
Considering some of my shelves are about 20 years old, and always have been carrying books, and none are bent, I'd say the quality is good enough
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:35 AM   #17
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:35 AM   #18
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Hang on a mo, though - you telling us that electronic books aren't real !!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-05-2009, 10:19 AM   #19
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Old 06-05-2009, 11:35 AM   #20
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I was very surprised by IKEA quality. I thought that for such price, all shelves will bend under books weight within 2-3 years. However, 4 years and no signs of shelf deformation, considering that all my books are hardback editions or worse.
worse? you're reading on stone tablets?
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Old 06-05-2009, 01:24 PM   #21
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I keep my books in:
1. Boxes - 4-5 boxes in the closet.
2. Bookcases - I have three
3. Stacked in piles on the floor - I have lots of these.

Every time I move, or Spring Clean, I throw out any books I don't think I will want to re-read.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:08 PM   #22
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:11 PM   #23
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Hang on a mo, though - you telling us that electronic books aren't real !!!!!!!!!!
Now, now, I'm sure he meant to say "paper" books.

right, Gideon?
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:03 PM   #24
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worse? you're reading on stone tablets?
Very similar

Such as:
The Lord of the Rings - 3 book boxset [Illustrated]
The Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit (illustrated hardback)
The Silmarillion

vs. standard hardback editions they are like stone tablets
I am not talking about Sherlock Holmes
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:04 PM   #25
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No, clearly ebooks are not real books. :P

Yes, I was wondering how long it'd take for me to get called on that one.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:46 PM   #26
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How Do You Store your *REAL* books?
In my eBook reader or in my PC

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Old 06-05-2009, 06:13 PM   #27
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I've gotten rid of most of my pbooks because I rarely reread fiction. I've kept things I'm likely to reread, things I loved so much that I would like to have them on hand to lend to people and reference/technical books. I, however, am married to a packrat. In addition, he actually does reread many books so he has a good reason for hanging on to quite a few of them. We got to the point that our shelves were beyond full. The shelves with paperbacks had them stacked two rows high and two rows deep. You couldn't find anything and we still had books in stacks that we couldn't squeeze on the shelves. Everywhere we could fit a bookshelf, has a bookshelf. At this point I convinced him to at least get rid of the books he didn't like. It helped that I also calculated for him the cost in square footage devoted to book storage. We have now started boxing and cataloging stuff that we are less likely to need in the immediate future. I just have to accept that we're opposites in some things. This is one of them. He has an emotional attachment to the paper books as objects. I don't. I prefer reading on a device. I view them as dustcatchers. I hate clutter and would rather have all my books in electronic form except for things that are best on paper, like art books.

You could actually still use a boxing method as long as you kept the stuff you access fairly frequently somewhere easy like slide-out bins under the bed, as someone else mentioned. The rest could go in banker boxes in the closets. Then you can just have a small number of bookshelves for the current reads and stuff you know you want all the time. Are you attached to the DVD packaging? We saved a lot of space there by dumping the cases and putting them all in binders. My husband has a fairly large collection and he was able to fit it in three big binders. I actually don't have any DVDs. Just like I rarely reread novels, I rarely watch the same movie or show more than once.
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:13 PM   #28
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I'm actually ripping all of my disks to hard drive currently, so I can box them all away. We use the computer for a 'tv' anyway, so this isn't too big a deal (though time consuming! It'll take weeks!)

I even considered going through books that way, slowly scanning them all, but my scanner went kaput so ... so much for that.

Right now the box option is sounding 'best' but it is contingent on finding an apartment with lots of closet space. A "sliding" option sounds ideal, but since most my books are large they don't fit in the underbed bins I've found (and it'd only hold a few anyway, really.)

So I'll probably box most the books, get one doored bookshelf and keep what I'm most likely to use in there.

I keep hoping there will be some sort of magical solution.
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:25 PM   #29
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:34 PM   #30
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I put everything into mp4/aac format since I know I can play it on anything in the house that way. A bit bigger than DIVX, but decent quality.

I don't mess about HD videos myself. I don't have anything that can rip the ones I do have and wouldn't want to have to store the files even if I did. But it'll be nice to be able to box up everything and still be able to watch our movies. If only it was that easy with books!
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