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30 August 2010 @ 02:28 pm
existentially important question  

And lo, so came the day when she faced the question that in time must come to all who walk these halls:

What should I do with the signed & personalized books I don’t expect to re-read? I’ve gotten very hard-hearted about keeping books, because they take up so much space and are so much of a pain to move, and because I don’t read, much less re-read, very much anymore. (*snivel* Also, this is why I want an e-reader.) But the question of signed copies, well. That becomes a difficult one. *frowns thoughtfully at the shelves*

(Don’t be silly, I’m keeping *yours*, of course.)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on August 30th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
OK, I started typing up my personal experience and realized it was completely useless to you. :)

As much as it will likely pain you, I would either do what your 2nd commenter suggested, and re-home them to people who would like them because of or despite the signed personalization to yourself. Personally, I kid of get tickled on the rare occasions I find a signed copy of a book I want to pick up at a used book store or when I was shopping on eBay. :)

But, honestly, unless you're going to re-read them or have some kind of personal attachment to possessing the book, the customized signature isn't doing anything for you other than being a kind of badge of status symbol...and if you're trying to purge yourself of Crap, ask yourself if that badge is worth the baggage?

Probably in many cases, not. And unless you're good personal friends with the author who will be crushed to find out you'd given away your book, they're likely never going to know you did it. :)

(FWIW, I knowingly have/had books signed by three authors:

1) MZB - 'The Darkover Concordance'. I bought it signed, she didn't sign it for me, but I bought it because it's a limited run and I'm an insane Darkover completist.

2) 5 of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files novels, which he signed at Writer's Weekend. But, duh, it's Dresden. I <3 them and re-read them and loan them out.

3) Jess Hartley's first novel. Which I was debating sending to the used bookstore, under the same consideration you're now giving to your books, until serendipitously seeing her muse on Twitter about how the book is OOP and wondering how she could obtain more copies. So I offered to send her mine. Win-win. :)

Edited at 2010-08-30 05:54 pm (UTC)