Sunday, August 14, 2011

Book Buyers and Kindle

Some people decry the advent of the Kindle and other ebook readers, fearing the end of hard copy publishing, extolling the virtues of the feel, the heft, the smell of a real book.

I love books. My parents took me to the library from the time I started to read and I was one irate little kid that I was only allowed to take out six books per two week borrowing period. I loved books about horses, anything about horses. I wrote my first horse book at 9 (well, only a couple of pages once grandpa typed it single-spaced on yellow onion-skin). I may still have my Black Stallion series stashed somewhere, the real thing, not subsequent dilutions of the brand. My father loved Zane Gray's westerns. Zane Gray lived somewhere in the neighborhood. Or at least he died somewhere nearby a couple of years after I was born. So I read all the Zane Gray westerns I could get my hands on. I think I still own one or two of those.

Zane Gray and Black Stallion
 My girl friend's Mom wrote an actual book, although I think it came out after I left home for college and marriage and all that stuff.

Margaret Pirie's My Love is Fair

Bantam Books' inexpensive paperbacks were invented while I was a little kid and I began to buy books when I got into my teens and got hold of a little money. I wanted to keep the books I loved, not give them back to the library.

They're going into a box for the storage shed.
They're too tattered to give away.
I see a lot of Aldous Huxley in there.

You see my current problem. I want to keep them all. Even now I discover series I love and I want to keep them all. I will keep buying them as long as Lindsey Davis and Colleen McCullough and Steven Saylor and-and-and keep writing them. Where do I put the other non-series books?

Cara Black's Paris murders

Tom Clancy and Sue Grafton

Jean M. Auel

John Maddox Roberts' SPQR series

Oh, see that boxed set of Harry Potter over there on the left?
I've never read them since they're so heavy.
Kept hoping they would come out on Kindle. 

To make room, I've given away several beautiful Time-Life Series that I had to have but never read, having finally confessed to myself that I never would read them. I want to box up The Foods of the World series for my granddaughter, who's going to culinary school.

You may think there's room there for more books.
 But this space is spoken for.

Books I'm reading now. That's the Kindle in the orange case.

Waiting in line on the bedside table

And then there's the overflow box on the bedroom floor.

Oh, yet to be mentioned series. Rosemary Rowe.

A miscellany of  French stuff, not including text books

It's primarily fiction I've shown here. I haven't focused on the nonfiction, since they're non series.

These help keep the cats from locking themselves in the computer room. Some are destined for Friends of the Library, and others are, alas, good only for trash. The concept of throwing a book in the trash where it will mix with garbage and awful stuff just grosses me out. I think I'd rather have a book burning. (Same goes for clothes that are beyond Salvation Army.)

Coffee table books got swept up in a crisis decluttering, along with all the other junk on the coffee table, and put in the handy plastic box.

This is only one attraction of the Kindle. Takes up less space.  Other benefits include ease of reading while eating in a fast food establishment, and being light enough and small enough to hold up above the cat kneading your chest while you're lying in bed reading.

My latest acquisition, a slightly misused ebook, in that I printed it out:

See you tomorrow.



  1. Well it seems that no matter how you misused Mimi, she's doing her job! Getting rid of books is excruciating. I had to do it when I moved. I too have the books I'm reading...stacked on top of the books I'm going to read...stacked on top of the books I SHOULD read. But now, I've got the Kindle as well. And it's my best friend. I can't loan it to anybody...but I'm never without a book to read (or usually several at a time). Lee, our libraries hold some striking similarities, by the way.

  2. We, too, have many books in common! Also interesting differences in others. Is the granddaughter you mention the one in NY? Because if she is, have I got cookbooks for her!!

  3. @Luce, No it's my son's daughter in California. My NYC granddaughter (daughter's daughter)is traipsing around the world. Has been in Seoul, don't know whether she's back yet. Her sister, who was graduated from U of AZ this year, is in Costa Rica surfing for the moment.

  4. It's amazing how many of the same books we have. I think yours are very organized and shouldn't be considered clutter. Besides, they are probably dinosaurs as electronic e-books are taking over. But don't wait on the Harry Potter series. Though they are heavy enough to use as door stops, they go by fast.

  5. Awe Books, the Great Addiction! I was born with books, books, and more books, all over our house. It was my job, starting at the age of 2 years, to 'dust all the books'. I love the smell of Books, Old Books, Used Books, New Books. Without a Book I do believe I would literally die. It is my Addiction. I go no where without a Book, I can not sleep at night, with out, first reading my Book. My Book is my 'drug' I use to escape, to calm my mind, from daily stress. I live for Books and the LOVE of reading. I too held out for a very long time, denouncing the invention of the Kindle, for FEAR that one day, the REAL hard bound books would be something one just talked about, 'in the good ol' days, we had real books...' But alas, I wrestled with my 'demons' between staying loyal to my hard bound books, and the ease of purchasing and instantly downloading any book I wished to read. Eventually I caved and now I also am a Kindle owner. But my hard bound, Books, filling their shelves, (very many shelves), will always be my first LOVE, my only True Love. I feel 'safe and comforted' as long as they sit upon their shelves. And I do still purchase hard bound Books, to add to my 'family' of Books, I already have. No one can understand this Addiction, unless you are a true Book Addict.

  6. Hi Luv,
    Thanks for your comment. I'd forgotten about this post and it feels good to be taken back to it. I have a room addition with a new study, but same old bookcases. It will give me an opportunity to organize the books (again) and I have some clean dry storage under the room where I can archive old favorites.