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Old 02-24-2012, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I'd say I have 50-100. Before I moved I had considerably more, but most of them I didn't really need so I gave them to friends. Now I take a few to the used bookstore for credit occasionally and use that credit to buy a new one to read. Then when I'm done reading it I take it back for credit. So I'm really just renting books now.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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I have approx 400 books.
I love the feel of books. I love to feel the pages as I turn them to the next page to continue reading.

This is why I'm not a fan of electronic readers.
I'll never own one.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Hubby started to implement a rule : if I want to get a book in I now need to get a book out. So far I am still winning the battle and also "secret" hiding places for a small cache. Getting rid of so many of my books was heartbreaking though. I have no problem giving books away I have not enjoyed but those I have loved I consider my "babies". At least they went to charity but still. But hey I don't drink, don't smoke and have taken drugs so I suppose not too bad a "vice"...

I dream of one of those huge wall to wall libraries , the ones with a little spiral staircase to the upper levels, with a fireplace, huge dual aspect windows and comfy armchairs ( and a small fridge for drinks and snacks of course). I could then maroon myself in that room and only come out once in a while !


Something like the Oxford University Union Library ( where I go and read periodicals once in a while) which is my idea of heaven ! ( and with Arthurian frescoes painted by Burne-Jones , Rossetti and William Morris to top it all !!) :


http://www.oxford-union.org/__data/a...ld_Library.jpg

http://karmapa.brainbooking.com/imglib/oxford-uniion139 (broken link)[1].jpg
I always think of that wonderful book and movie 84 Charing Cross Road. A true story.

Anthony Hopkins is an English book finder and his correspondence with Anne Bancroft, a New Yorker who adores old books, lasts for many years. The Hopkins character has such a wonderful job traveling around England finding books in estate sales, private sales and dusty little book stores. I had a great time poking around book stores in London and outlying areas. The rich history of the printed word was so engrossing. I brought back to Texas a suitcase full of books.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I have approx 400 books.
I love the feel of books. I love to feel the pages as I turn them to the next page to continue reading.

This is why I'm not a fan of electronic readers.
I'll never own one.
I feel the same way. I ordered The Bell Jar years ago and when it came I could not stop feeling and smelling the book. Loved the ink. The paper is a thick linen. Oh my, that physical book is such a treasure.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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A couple of dozen reference books that I still like better than Online. A lot of them are wildlife field guides. Everything else I read is from the library. If I acquire a one-time-read, I give it away when I'm done with it.

My estimate is that 90% of all the books that currently exist on earth will never be opened again by any human being. Nobody has any problem with consigning magazines and newspapers to destruction or recycling, what makes books any different? Use them for fuel.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Canada
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A couple of dozen reference books that I still like better than Online. A lot of them are wildlife field guides. Everything else I read is from the library. If I acquire a one-time-read, I give it away when I'm done with it.

My estimate is that 90% of all the books that currently exist on earth will never be opened again by any human being. Nobody has any problem with consigning magazines and newspapers to destruction or recycling, what makes books any different? Use them for fuel.
Blasphemy!
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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Amen!!


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I feel the same way. I ordered The Bell Jar years ago and when it came I could not stop feeling and smelling the book. Loved the ink. The paper is a thick linen. Oh my, that physical book is such a treasure.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Sweden
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A couple of hundred maybe.
I would like to have a proper library with a couple of thousand.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My estimate is that 90% of all the books that currently exist on earth will never be opened again by any human being. Nobody has any problem with consigning magazines and newspapers to destruction or recycling, what makes books any different? Use them for fuel.
That dawg won't hunt in these parts.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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No idea. A few thousand, I assume. Much in storage.

I can't imagine not "needing" books, or regarding them as clutter, nor can I imagine a husband making rules about what I'd be allowed to buy, which sounds very retro, to say the least.
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