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View Poll Results: What do you think of conspicuous physical books?
Books are estethically pleasing and I like to see them on bookshelves 14 51.85%
I have no option but to store books where I can see them 3 11.11%
Thank goodness we've gone digital! 6 22.22%
Other 4 14.81%
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Old 07-27-2022, 05:38 PM   #1
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Conspicuous display of physical books

Ok, I'm been to Trinity College, Dublin, Old Library.
It's quite the eye-porn, but what's the use?
When was the last time that a volume was touched?

You see authors, intellectuals against a backdrop of overflowing bookcases.
(Especially lawyers, but we won't get into that one.)

If it were 50 years ago and I were rich, I'd have a library of 25,000 volumes.
I'd keep them in a (climate controlled) basement in Stor-Reels.
Those are the shelves on train tracks so that in a whole series there is only 4 feet of slack that can be positioned where you want it.

I want access to books. I don't want to look at them.

But you. Do you consider them esthetic, visually pleasing?
Or nasty, dust-collecting objects that steal space that could be better used for chairs, divans, reading lamps?
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Old 07-27-2022, 05:45 PM   #2
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Old 07-27-2022, 07:57 PM   #3
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You asked me in a private message to defend my opinion. Why?

I like to see books in a house. I don't need tons of bookshelves, but a shelf or two showing my hardbound favorites. Right now, none are on display, because we moved and don't have the same space. We got rid of many, but still probably have a few hundred give or take. I can't read print books easily, so 99% of my reading is done from a Kindle or mobile device.

A house with no books freaks me out. I know people who don't do any reading for pleasure. It's a trait I don't understand.
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Old 07-28-2022, 04:21 AM   #4
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I voted other:
I like to see a few books in a bookcase but not (in the home anyway) so many that they take over the room. I do like second-hand bookshops that are well shelved and orderly though.
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Old 07-28-2022, 08:27 AM   #5
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My paper books aren't "conspicuously displayed", they're on bookshelves which have been normal household furniture for me my entire life. Cookbooks have their own bookcase, and there are bookcases in each bedroom and a few in the living area. This doesn't feeling odd or like some sort of performance to me. All my friends have bookcases also. Where else would I put them? A mildewy shed? That I'd have to trek out to every time I wanted to grab or re-shelve a book?

They're not dust collectors because all of my bookshelves have glass doors on the front.
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Old 07-28-2022, 09:08 AM   #6
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I voted "other". I understand that many people are deeply attached to the physicality of paper books. They love the look of them, the feel of them, the smell of them. Those are subjective aesthetic judgments and I have no problem with that.

What I have a problem with is the widely held view that paper books are somehow superior to other types of books. The Twitter hashtag #booktwt for example, presumes that "book" means only "paper book". For some who hold that view it really IS about "conspicuous display", but that is no more "right" or "wrong" than putting pictures on walls, self-evidently for the purpose of "conspicuous display"
For me, the content is more important than the medium, and would consider myself a bibliophile because I read voraciously. Many, many "bibliophiles" feel no compunction in contemning that notion, and that viewpoint irks me more than someone taking pleasure in walls of books
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Old 07-28-2022, 09:19 AM   #7
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A house with no books freaks me out. I know people who don't do any reading for pleasure. It's a trait I don't understand.
As somebody who will read cereal boxes if there is nothing else to read, I don't understand it either. I came from parents with one a voracious reader, the other (who admittedly had to read a lot for work) who never read for pleasure.

Cookbooks might almost be a separate case.
And I do have my greasy thumbed Chilton's for my truck.
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Old 07-28-2022, 08:49 PM   #8
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I voted other

Apart from reference texts, a few grubby cookbooks, and some 'treasured possessions', I have never hung onto books, mainly give them to second-hand bookshops (or street side libraries), sometimes leave them on park benches or at bus stops.

One of the things I 'hate' about e-books is that I cannot give them away legitimately when I'm done with them.

Treasured possessions includes: an early 20th century leather bound 5 volume edition of Macaulay's "History of England…". My local library would have sent to the dump had I not taken it. I had referred to it a couple times at the library prior to that… it wasn't on a shelf, it was in a locked room and it couldn't be borrowed. Now it's in a cupboard :lol:

since I snagged the Macaulay we got a new much bigger local library, maybe they'd like it back.

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Old 07-30-2022, 04:51 PM   #9
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I don't have a ton of paper books myself, but I've always liked photos of libraries in houses that are large enough to have a dedicated room for it. Even though most of my reading is digital these days, I'd probably enjoy having a home library room if I could afford it.
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Old 08-02-2022, 10:23 AM   #10
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My small living room is a living room library. I've always loved books and dreamed of having a mini library as an adult. As a teen I had these neat bookshelves my mom made that took up a lot of room with different colored boards and bricks. I think books are gorgeous and like having them around - not only for reading, but also the bibliophile in me.
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