Maybe if you donate your paperbacks to your local library or school or something like that you'd have an easier time parting with them.
That's where they'll end up once I can pry my fingers off of them. I guess they like old friends, I can look at the bookcase and know they're there. Funny, I never envisioned having this problem, go figure.
There are books I would never get rid of no matter what. However, there are always lots of those that are not keepers.
Our local library system sells all those books donated. I like to donate my books to the local Council on Aging, battered women shelters and places like that. They always love to receive books for those who can't afford to buy them.
Yes! I still have this problem with my favorite books. Even though my eyesight has deteriorated to the point where I'm unable to comfortably read those paperbacks anymore, they are hard to part with -- even the ones I've replaced with their electronic counterpart.
It's a problem for me.
In particular, have 3000+ books
More trouble than it's worth to:
1. Buy them all again (Assuming, incorrectly today, that all are availble in electronic version)
2. Scan them all (Leaving out the legality of such things). Actually, not sure if it would help, since I think Legally I would have to keep the original, so problem not solved at all
3. For the few that I do re-buy electronically, locate and remove the (relatively) few that are duplicates (While thanks to BN for the Free classics, I haven't gone and located the 5-15 that I already had)
So if only issue is a smallish pile, I'd find someplace appropriate and donate them. For a while, I'd give duplicates to a friend, but lost touch with him, so have a pile ready to go to the library next time they advertise for a book sale
When I first got my Nook, I thought I'd have parted with most of my DTB's by now, but I'm procrastinating, too. Books are/were an important part of my life, for practically my entire life. Slowly, I'm letting them go, as I find the right places/persons to give them to. It's a process.
At least by buying eBooks and NOT bringing more DTB's into the house, we've stopped the piles from growing taller.
I haven't re-read many of my books but I love knowing they are there if I want to. More often than not, when I pick up a book I've already read it's to go back to a specific passage - which would actually be easier on the Nook, I suppose.
Here is why I am (also) having a problem getting rid of my physical books and why I haven't bought many eBooks yet:
- I can't give away an eBook
- I can only lend an eBook once, to one person, one time...ever
- I cannot afford to replace all my physical books
I love electronic devices but no matter how nice they are they do not have the feel of a physical book. There are certain types of books - like cookbooks and children's books - that I want to keep for future generations. "Grammie's Nook" isn't going to feel quite the same as "Grammies copy of The Joy of Cooking." There is something so wonderfully tactile about a physical book which evokes comforting or bittersweet memories. But maybe that's just me.
That said, I do love my Nook. I find I read faster and more often with it. It's lighter to hold than the hardcovers I've been addicted to for most of my life. However, I do foresee buying some books twice - once to read and once to keep. But that's a short list.