Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: kindle query

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 06 Nov 2009

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    Hah! I didn't even say the shelves have books on them! But they do, and they're mostly for sale, 2,500 of them, and almost as many more waiting to be listed. I have bought a lot of books over the years, and when I moved in the 1990s, I found myself with a roomful, stacked to the ceiling in boxes. So I gave a pickup truck full of them to Legal Aid of Franklin County for a fund-raiser. At least I could see the windows from the doorway.
        I kept buying and kept giving them away, a trunkful every year to the fund-raiser for the local history society museum my cousin ran, boxes to my church's annual rummage sale. I considered setting bookshelves in the bathtub of my unused second bathroom for storage.
        When my husband died, in preparation for cronehood I started arguing politics online and shocked myself by remarrying someone who needed space for all the audio stuff he was moving from 800 miles away. He suggested selling my excess books online, as he did with his audio equipment to afford some old turntable he wanted more. So I did, and it's an enjoyable hobby---although we did have to buy a bigger house before long.
        Now I acquire old books to sell, from auctions and yardsales and mostly people giving me what they ran out of space for. I see myself as
    "finding good homes for old books." Not that it makes a profit.
        Of course, I have shelves around the fireplace and elsewhere for books I won't part with, but I assume even Patrick has those.

    And I won't mention that for the price of another device, I could buy a lot of books. (And a lot of people elsewhere have reported breaking their Kindles.) Joy

    who tweets new listings (mostly circa 1970 sociology trade paperbacks lately) at JoyfulA

    Patrick King wrote:
    > Joy, with bookshelf-filled rooms
    > **********************************
    > First, your electronic library exists in cyberspace. Kindles, anyway, are very resilient pieces of equipment. But if you do manage to break it, or more likely, have it stolen, your library is not "on" the specific device. You simply acquire another device and link it to your cyberspace library (takes under a minute to accomplish)and go on reading.
    > The more salient question is, what sane person wants to fill up their entire living space with books they're going to read five times in their lives and never look at again? What's the thing about possessing all this stuff and keeping it all around you? I've been divesting myself of 40 years of book collecting for the last 3 years. I'm down to 2 bookshelves full of things I really do refer to. Some of these I've already replaced with e-editions.

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