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23 May 2013 @ 04:28 pm
too. many. books.  

I know it’s blasphemy, but argh, there are too. many. books. in this house. Between Christmas and EasterCon, I (we, but I cop to it: *I*) had some significant Bookstores Accidents, and while this is most of the time merely inconvenient because there are never enough shelves, when I’m facing moving, all I can really wonder is why I didn’t bloody well buy digital copies of ALL THESE BOOKS.

I mean, I know why. It’s far, far more satisfying to go browse and buy physical books than it is to do the same with e-books. And the local bookstore from which I prefer to buy books doesn’t have an e-storefront, so I can’t even go browse and then order digital copies and keep the money flowing to Chapters. And I *do* bring loads of books back to the secondhand shop for credit (thus compounding the problem in one way, but nevermind that right now), but right now I have a *ton* of unread books, which obviously are not best for trading in.

I suppose all I can do is either pack them up or spend the next few weeks reading frantically. I mean, there’re what, maybe 30 books max, I could no doubt read them all–well, in a week, if I could just flop down and read without interruption, but ahahahah.

Maybe I should make a list and have people vote on the order I should read them in. Or maybe I should just START READING.

In the meantime, I really should instigate a rule of only buying one book by an author in hardcopy (because it’s easier/more fun to browse/discover that way), and if I like it, buy the rest digitally. I’m doing that with Rachel Caine’s Morganville books…

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Alix (Tersa): iPod (tersa)tersa on May 23rd, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
And here I was this week realizing one of the eVils of eBook purchases is how seductive it is to pop into the eBook store, buy a book, and have it in my hands 5 minutes later, all from the comfort of my home.

My 'bookstore accident' was buying Books #2 and #3 of a series like that Monday because I must. keep. reading. Whoops.
kitmizkit on May 23rd, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Yeah, well, once I start buying Rachel's books in eformat I suspect I'm going to have the same problem. :) LOOK I CAN GET ALL FOURTEEN IN SIX SECONDS YAY
Lola: Meidancewithlife on May 23rd, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Have you considered a digitizing service? Here in the San Jose, CA area I can mail them my books, and they will digitize them for $.99 per 100 pages, sending me the file. They then recycle the paper pages, so that all you get is a personal digital copy. I think I'm going to use them for some out of print favorites that will never be available as ebooks. There may be a similar service where you are. I'm quick reaching the point where holding a *paper* book feels funny to me. I keep trying to turn the pages by touching the edge :-)
Chrysoulachrysoula on May 23rd, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
I've tried to get a definition of a word by tapping a paper page. And I don't even have a touchscreen ereader.
kitmizkit on May 23rd, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
No, the problematic books are all new ones that I could've bought digitally if I'd wanted to. It was just in the heat of the moment, etc. :)
Lola: Meidancewithlife on May 23rd, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah...it's about the same cost to send them off to be digitized as it is to re-buy them as ebooks.
irishkateirishkate on May 23rd, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
I have reached a place where I don't have room for more...Which does feel like blasphemy and I shudder to even say it. But some day I'll start buying books in numbers again.

Right now I can't afford it in so many ways..
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on May 23rd, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
I could never follow that rule because I really like having all the books in a series in the same format....

So now I buy the first in digital, and then decide if it's something that needs shelf space or not.
kitmizkit on May 23rd, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
I'll just re-buy the first one if I want to have them all in digital, I guess. :)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on May 23rd, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
There are never too many books, there is only ever insufficient space.

Granted, that may be an expensive problem to fix.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on May 23rd, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
far, far more satisfying to go browse and buy physical books

so, print books are gateway drugs... I must be beyond redemption...

I have some books I buy in Ebook form, but thats more along the cost factor, if its cheaper than the print book, and its fiction, then its like popcorn. I have an entire thought matrix flow on book buying. Its not pretty.

I have my own house with attached garage, I dont plan on moving ever again. This can be a bad thing too.

Aberdeenaberdeen on May 23rd, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
I... haven't quite been able to adopt reading digital books, yet. I bought a Kindle and have some books for it and... I think that's part of why my reading rate has dropped.
I own too many physical books. I /need/ to get rid of a lot of them. And for me, shipping digital books would be soooo much more efficient. And yet.

I /like/ the physical books. I like the feel. I like the look. I like the smell.
For nonfiction, I like flipping through pages to find the passages I need. Even searchable PDFs don't do it for me. Putting fingers to paper is a different activity than typing into a search bar.
For fiction, well, curling up with a book is very different from curling up with a Kindle, and I don't know that I'll ever be able to make that transition completely.

I have, however, said that when I do, eventually, leave the Far Edge of Nowhere, I'm only allowed to move 3 boxes of books. (As opposed to the 30+ I moved here in the first place.)
kitmizkit on May 23rd, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
oh dear god. you'd better start shipping boxes of books out now, one at a time...
Aberdeenaberdeen on May 23rd, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
When they started making noises about giving me a roommate, again, I looked in the second bedroom (which is two walls, floor to ceiling, bookshelves, plus several still-packed boxes), and wondered aloud where they expected a roommate to sleep. Perhaps in the kennel with Cody.

Then there's my bed: a box-spring and mattress on top of six 2-shelf bookcases. And the two 3-shelf bookcases in the living room...

And to think, when I moved up here in the first place, I went to all the trouble of getting rid of how many books? (That was painful.) I think the books just flock to me. Like a wildlife refuge... Yeah! It's not my fault at all!
Alix (Tersa): iPod (tersa)tersa on May 23rd, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
I held out on switching to Kindle for much the same reasons you cite. But now that I have made the transition...well, I still like paper books, but I'm completely hooked on my Kindle.
cainle_bean on May 23rd, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
I cannot stand ebooks. I read when I can. On lunch breaks (sitting in my car) ... grab 5 - 10 minutes when and where I can. Its so much easier to me to have 2-3 books in the car, so I can read as I can. By the time the ereader gets booted up, my break is half over. Not to mention the issues with leaving it in a unshaded car at 90+ degrees. There is no place at work to leave it. Always worried about charge etc. Heck no, give me paper books.

It seems I miss out on a lot of things by not having a ereader. And not living in an area with a decent bookstore of any kind. But I hate the ereaders. They are hard to read to me. And one more thing I have to make sure is charged.
No Xtink is Xtink.goingferal on May 23rd, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
My e-reader takes about 5 seconds to "boot up" -- it's a Kindle. I LOVE having 100+ books in my hand, just in case I want to try some other book on my to-read list.
abwarwick on May 23rd, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
too many books revivida
been there
done that
moved 10 tons of books half way across the country (after giving away about 2 tons and having another ton damaged with the basement flooded), and - with regret - decided to give most of them to a local school for their used book sale last year.

i love books
i love reading books
i love reading physical books

I have only so much space
as the years go on, less patience with repeated moves.

also, when I would travel, I would take between 3-6 books with me on the trip, and then bring them home again because I didn't want to leave them behind! Now, the kindle takes up little space and weighs a lot less in my carryon bag.

i have acquired most of what I gave away on kindle - but some isn't yet available (grumble grumble grumble)

the main problem I have with ebooks is that remembering the title is sometimes not enough to recall the book - the cover illustration or back cover blurb was (is) often helpful;

amazon and other ebook publishers would do well to include these in the digital editions.

good luck!
kitmizkit on May 24th, 2013 06:56 am (UTC)
Re: too many books revivida
however, I have only so much space and as the years go on, less patience with repeated moves.

yes yes YES YES yes yes YES

also, when I would travel, I would take between 3-6 books with me on the trip, and then bring them home again because I didn't want to leave them behind! Now, the kindle takes up little space and weighs a lot less in my carryon bag.

yes yes YES YES yes yes YES :)

the first time I travelled with my e-reader i was waiting in the customs line with basically my plane ticket and an empty purse, and i was all like "wait, what the hell is wrong, i'm usually carrying a 30 pound bag, what did i forget? ...OH RIGHT, I'M CARRYING 17 BOOKS IN A HALF POUND E-READER AHAHAHAHAHA" and never looked back. :)
No Xtink is Xtink.goingferal on May 23rd, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should make a list and have people vote on the order I should read them in. Or maybe I should just START READING.

I like this option. Pick a book to read and let us vote while you read it.

I say this mainly because I am curious what's in your To-Read Pile. Entirely selfish motives. :D

I have about 80 books in my to-read pile (including one of your earlier series). I am trying very hard to buy fewer paper books--I am out of storage. I started collecting books when I was 10--when I was about 18, I had over 2500 books. That was 24 years ago. O.o
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on May 24th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
Hello. My name is Deborah, and I am a book junkie...
Flitterbyflit on May 26th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
I really want to learn how to read ebooks! I just don't seem to want to. If I undocked my tablet more I might like it better; the keyboard gets in the way and they flow better in portrait mode. But wow do I want the keyboard whenever I want to type....