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Old 11-20-2016, 12:47 PM
 
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After reading a book, do you keep it or give it away? In my case, if I read the entirety of the book, that means I love the book, so I keep it.
Or are you half and half? In other words, do you give away some and keep some? And what determines the differentiation?
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Old 11-20-2016, 05:50 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I only buy books that I can't find in the library. If I love it, I keep it. If I don't, I'll donate it to the library.
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Old 11-20-2016, 06:35 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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I always keep the books that I read. If a book is worth reading, it's worth buying and keeping. I only use a library if there's no other practical way to obtain a book. Show me the home of an intellectual; I'll show you a library.
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Old 11-20-2016, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Our house is full of books. I stopped buying new ones because of the expense (I read a lot of popular fiction) and use the library except for a few favorite authors - some I re-read. We have a great library which allows you to ask for new books and get on a wait list for them. Just what I have read in the last week would have cost about $100 as new hard covers. Then there is the issue of shelf space, which is full.

DH still buys them. He keeps some and gives away some. He has shelves full at his office.
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Old 11-21-2016, 12:25 PM
 
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I keep all my books. The only ones I've gotten rid of were books other people gave me as gifts, or books I was forced to read in college or grad school.


I can't stand lending or borrowing books. I'd rather just buy someone a book instead of lending it to them (I don't like that empty spot on the bookshelf!) I don't "do" libraries (except book sales at libraries).


To me, books are a committed relationship. I re-read books I've already read, like visiting old friends.
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Old 11-21-2016, 12:40 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I keep my favorite authors. I keep ccok books, research books, and how to books. I pass along books to friends and I donate books to the library book sale.
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Old 11-21-2016, 12:43 PM
 
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I used to keep all the books I read, but now I usually pass them on, unless it's some sort of "how-to" book that I know I'll want to return to. I figure I can always find the book again at the library or buy it somewhere if I want to read it again.
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Old 11-21-2016, 12:47 PM
 
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I used to keep every book I ever had, but when my in-laws moved in with us, I had to get rid of them all to make space. I donated them, and now when I buy a book, I pass it on.
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Old 11-21-2016, 02:09 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I'm old now. I have too many books, so I gave a lot away. And I read most new books in Kindle format.

I will never stand in line at a used bookstore and deal with the dismissive arrogance of book assessors. There was one guy at Second Story Books in DC who would pick a particularly undesirable book (to him) out of the box or bag in which it arrived, waxing stentorian as he asked "This???" and handle the book with index finger and thumb, as if it were a particularly smelly turd. This happened to me once, with Donna Tartt's The Secret History, and I said "No, not this." I took back my bag of books and left them on a bench in Dupont Circle. I only give books away now.
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Old 11-21-2016, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I gave away about half my books, which leaves me with about 10 bookcases worth. I am a re-reader but less now than I used to because I find it much more comfortable to read on the Kindle. I have bad eyesight and being able to enlarge the print plus have the built in lighting makes a huge difference.

I borrow whatever I can from the library but even when I buy, no worries about clutter so I don't have to give any books away. And I'm slowly replacing some of the physical books I have, when I can find them in an electronic version, so that I can enjoy re-reading them.

I know what when I move out of my current house, I will be downsizing, so my goal is to continue to pare down my book collection in order to make the inevitable less painful.
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