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Old 11-22-2016, 02:58 PM
 
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Depends.

If it is one that I know I'm going to read again and again, I keep. Otherwise? Well, we're about to be empty nesters in the next couple of years. So we'll likely downsize.
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Old 11-22-2016, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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It depends.

If I think I might want to read it again, I keep it. If I think I might want to use it as reference at some point (we're talking non-fiction here) I keep it.

Otherwise, I dispose of it somehow.

They're books - they serve either the purpose of entertainment or information. They're not trophies.
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Old 11-23-2016, 07:05 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I had a big surprise as I got older. Authors become unavailable as time goes by. I am a huge fan of Thomas B Costain. I have several books that I saved to read again later. But now I can not buy additional books. He is not in libraries any more even though he was an extremely popular writer.

So now I carefully keep books that I really love and I keep collections of books by my favorite authors, because who know if I could ever replace them decades later.

That's really true of cookbooks. If you have a good one hang onto it because it could easily go out of print, never to be able to replace it.
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Old 11-24-2016, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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If I own a book I really like, then I will lend it out. I love finding other readers who might like certain books.
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Old 11-27-2016, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I had a big surprise as I got older. Authors become unavailable as time goes by. I am a huge fan of Thomas B Costain. I have several books that I saved to read again later. But now I can not buy additional books. He is not in libraries any more even though he was an extremely popular writer.

So now I carefully keep books that I really love and I keep collections of books by my favorite authors, because who know if I could ever replace them decades later.

That's really true of cookbooks. If you have a good one hang onto it because it could easily go out of print, never to be able to replace it.
Some may be free (though with advertising) e-books:

read free chap 1 - The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain online

For purchase:

https://www.overdrive.com/creators/5...omas-b-costain

You can also search Google Books for Costain. Some titles are available as e-books. Others are in print but expensive. Also search the "find in a library" option.
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Old 12-02-2016, 11:45 AM
 
Location: "Arlen" Texas
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I keep favorites, especially if something has really resonated with me. I sell the ones I don't care for to used bookstores.
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Old 12-02-2016, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I had a big surprise as I got older. Authors become unavailable as time goes by. I am a huge fan of Thomas B Costain. I have several books that I saved to read again later. But now I can not buy additional books. He is not in libraries any more even though he was an extremely popular writer.

So now I carefully keep books that I really love and I keep collections of books by my favorite authors, because who know if I could ever replace them decades later.

That's really true of cookbooks. If you have a good one hang onto it because it could easily go out of print, never to be able to replace it.
I have a few authors whose work I can't get any more.

For one of them, I happened to find a facebook group devoted to her work, and due to several years worth of persuasion by some devoted fans, the family agreed to republish all of her books. First on Kindle (which is my preference anyway) but they were popular enough they are also releasing physical books. So you might want to see if there are any fan groups - even before they were able to get the books republished, people in the group sold and lent books to each other, so that could be a potential source to find some you want to read.
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Old 12-06-2016, 01:26 PM
 
Location: "Arlen" Texas
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I have a few authors whose work I can't get any more.

For one of them, I happened to find a facebook group devoted to her work, and due to several years worth of persuasion by some devoted fans, the family agreed to republish all of her books. First on Kindle (which is my preference anyway) but they were popular enough they are also releasing physical books. So you might want to see if there are any fan groups - even before they were able to get the books republished, people in the group sold and lent books to each other, so that could be a potential source to find some you want to read.
That's wonderful. They can republish some oldies but goodies.
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Old 12-08-2016, 08:11 PM
 
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I read all kinds of books - and if I only finished books I "love," then I wouldn't have read very much. I keep books that I think I will want to re-read, either because they move me, or have brilliant writing, or are informationally interesting. I sell as many as I can. And I leave for others the ones I can't sell.
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Old 12-09-2016, 01:41 PM
 
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I keep them
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