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Re: My Quest to Avoid E-books is Getting Expensive
« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2016, 09:16:27 AM »
That might be the saddest story I've ever heard.

Although I don't think I'm quite the book hoarder you were...

I couldn't bring myself to get rid of books. It always seemed as though I might want to read them again. One time I decided to get rid of a bunch, but after going through my entire houseful of books, I only had one small box I could bring myself to give away to the library. I have lived alone my entire adult life, not counting my cat. Books were my companions and my entertainment. I really loved them. Losing them was probably the hardest thing about selling my house. Yet of all those hundreds of books, there were probably no more than a dozen, if that many, that I ever went back and read a second time.
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« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2016, 10:54:49 AM »
I *think* that if I had to dump my extensive book collection, I have the requisite social network (mainly via two friends who each own/operate game stores) to find a younger person who'd take them off my hands.  If I was 25 years younger, I would be able to be found that way.
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« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2016, 12:15:39 PM »
I have a book fetish still, even though I haven't bought a real book(except text books) in a few years.  I can't bring myself to part with my books.   In part, I think it will be good for my kid to grow up in a house full of books.  With out evidence, I just think it sets the right tone. 

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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2016, 01:52:46 PM »
I grew up in a house full of books. None were off limits. Also, paintings on the walls. This was my mother's house. In my father's house, where I was required very much against my will to spend alternate weekends, my step-mother had a big collection of (presumably valuable) books that I was not permitted to touch. I always thought there was something deeply wrong with the idea of not being allowed to read a book. That's what they're for. What would Charles Dickens have thought about a person who bought one of his books, and then would not allow a child to read it?
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« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2016, 01:57:29 PM »
I grew up in a house full of books. None were off limits. Also, paintings on the walls. This was my mother's house. In my father's house, where I was required very much against my will to spend alternate weekends, my step-mother had a big collection of (presumably valuable) books that I was not permitted to touch. I always thought there was something deeply wrong with the idea of not being allowed to read a book. That's what they're for. What would Charles Dickens have thought about a person who bought one of his books, and then would not allow a child to read it?

I have a handful of "not for reading" books, but I have a "for reading" copy of each one.  A special to me (but not particularly valuable) old edition of the Silmarillion (I actually have at least 2, possibly 3, reading copies of that one) for example, and a couple of others.
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Re: My Quest to Avoid E-books is Getting Expensive
« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2016, 05:40:17 PM »
I grew up in a house full of books. None were off limits. Also, paintings on the walls. This was my mother's house. In my father's house, where I was required very much against my will to spend alternate weekends, my step-mother had a big collection of (presumably valuable) books that I was not permitted to touch. I always thought there was something deeply wrong with the idea of not being allowed to read a book. That's what they're for. What would Charles Dickens have thought about a person who bought one of his books, and then would not allow a child to read it?

I have a handful of "not for reading" books, but I have a "for reading" copy of each one.  A special to me (but not particularly valuable) old edition of the Silmarillion (I actually have at least 2, possibly 3, reading copies of that one) for example, and a couple of others.

Interesting idea. My mother never owned a not-for-reading book, and neither have I. I do have an extensive art collection. Each item is something I enjoy looking at for its artistic qualities. My step-mother enjoyed the fact of owning valuable books, even though she could do no more than know that she owned them. All she could ever see of them was the spine of the book on the bookshelf. Seems like a waste to me. I'd have a better opinion of her fetish if she'd done as you, and also had a copy for reading of each of the rare books.
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Re: My Quest to Avoid E-books is Getting Expensive
« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2016, 05:44:04 PM »
That might be the saddest story I've ever heard.

Although I don't think I'm quite the book hoarder you were...

I couldn't bring myself to get rid of books. It always seemed as though I might want to read them again. One time I decided to get rid of a bunch, but after going through my entire houseful of books, I only had one small box I could bring myself to give away to the library. I have lived alone my entire adult life, not counting my cat. Books were my companions and my entertainment. I really loved them. Losing them was probably the hardest thing about selling my house. Yet of all those hundreds of books, there were probably no more than a dozen, if that many, that I ever went back and read a second time.
I got Boss Lady to enter all her books into Library Thing. She had over 1,500 books with only 110 duplicates. I was surprised that was so low. If you two had got together you'd probably be sleeping on a mattress on top of boxes of books.  ;D
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« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2016, 05:58:39 PM »
A good friend helps to put on a massive book sale twice a year that benefits Planned Parenthood. They get a lot of my donations. The sale always goes well, usually with no demonstrators. Apparently the worst anti-PP'ers don't read that many books.
 
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Re: My Quest to Avoid E-books is Getting Expensive
« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2016, 07:29:21 PM »
A good friend helps to put on a massive book sale twice a year that benefits Planned Parenthood. They get a lot of my donations. The sale always goes well, usually with no demonstrators. Apparently the worst anti-PP'ers don't read that many books.
 

The anti-PP'ers only read one book, and you can get that one for free, because so many folks are eager to give them away. I got my copy from a Missouri Synod Lutheran. He even had a number of different translations to choose from, so I got my preferred translation. Those folks have no need of libraries, book stores, or used book sales.
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Re: My Quest to Avoid E-books is Getting Expensive
« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2016, 03:08:53 PM »
Come over to the Dark Side. I was a bit of a paper snob myself, but ended up yielding to the lure of Kindle. I'm currently rereading the Culture series and own one of the later entries. When I got to it, I tried wrestling with that massive tome for a bit, but ended up putting it on my Kindle. A bit of a watershed moment, I thought.

My reason for converting to e-books is my eyesight. The larger type size lets me read longer without so much strain.
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« Reply #25 on: October 28, 2016, 04:58:45 PM »
We donate a couple dozen books to the Lions every year, but our bookshelves remain overflowing.  There are books on the shelf that I have read three times and intend to read again.  The best ones require at least a second read.  We also lend a lot of books to friends (and they seem to return eventually). 

I have purchased lots of books after listening to radio or podcast interviews with people, and since I am unable to invite them to tea (dinner), I have to settle for time spent reading their thoughts on paper.  Mind you, I did invite one author to lunch if her book tour should bring her to NZ; she graciously accepted, but alas, didn't make it across the big ditch.
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Re: My Quest to Avoid E-books is Getting Expensive
« Reply #26 on: October 28, 2016, 08:16:38 PM »
Come over to the Dark Side. I was a bit of a paper snob myself, but ended up yielding to the lure of Kindle. I'm currently rereading the Culture series and own one of the later entries. When I got to it, I tried wrestling with that massive tome for a bit, but ended up putting it on my Kindle. A bit of a watershed moment, I thought.

My reason for converting to 3-books is my eyesight. The larger type size lets me read longer without so much strain.

I converted fully to E-Books for the same reason. I was shocked at how many of my beloved books were unreadable due to tiny font sizes.
I still like having book shelves full of books for the look. But now I can carry more books than those shelves can hold, on one device.

I grew up watching my grandmother struggle to read her bible and religious books with gradually more & more powerful magnifying glasses.

I didn't want to end up the same way. Except I have better taste in my choice of reading material  ;)
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« Reply #27 on: October 28, 2016, 09:39:59 PM »

I grew up watching my grandmother struggle to read her bible


I struggled with that, too.  My 1.5's don't help at all with that.
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