To the younger RJers: Do you, or would you if money is now the impediment, ...

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    Jun 02, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    buy books in order to form a collection of books on subjects of your interest(s)?

    I am just curious whether younger people still look to own books, or whether access to information on the internet/other media has to a large degree made owning books obsolete.
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    Jun 02, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    To me, a good book collection is as essential as a good movie collection. Books are all about entertainment, though: when it comes to information and news, I go with magazines and journals.
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    Jun 02, 2008 7:00 PM GMT
    i can't wait to have a nice wshelving system filled with stuff i've read... or will read. a wall of books just looks badass. especially if you can claim reading it.
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    Jun 02, 2008 7:00 PM GMT
    Please set an age limit, otherwise the other Z will be all over the place.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 02, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    You may want to divide into Story Books or Educational Books.

    I have lots of Technical Books since I am very intrested in Computers and stuff.

    I dont own that much Story-Books since I see no need in keeping a book I already know and prefer to switch it for a new one.

    For most younger Generations there is barely the need to buy Books since you can get everything you need on the net. I would say that the Internet and all that diminished the number of Books younger People own, but the Computer cannot offer a comfortable place to read longer texts and thats something that hopefully wont change so soon.

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    Jun 02, 2008 7:06 PM GMT
    zimster saidPlease set an age limit, otherwise the other Z will be all over the place.icon_rolleyes.gif


    but Zimmy, I did say "younger" which is comparative. And since I am the author, is it not natural for me to the standard? So, alas, I may have left this thread open to just about everyone else on this site...including you...

    ...for whom, I would add a special question, do most of your books open to the right or to the left...presuming you own any books?
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    Jun 02, 2008 7:11 PM GMT
    maximumrisk saidYou may want to divide into Story Books or Educational Books.

    I have lots of Technical Books since I am very intrested in Computers and stuff.

    I dont own that much Story-Books since I see no need in keeping a book I already know and prefer to switch it for a new one.

    For most younger Generations there is barely the need to buy Books since you can get everything you need on the net. I would say that the Internet and all that diminished the number of Books younger People own, but the Computer cannot offer a comfortable place to read longer texts and thats something that hopefully wont change so soon.



    Thank you for your response. It is interesting to hear that you dont hang on to fiction books. That gives me deeper appreciation of your answer.

    But I dont want to restrict anyone's response as to the types of books they keep...just books that are of their interest
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    Jun 02, 2008 7:28 PM GMT
    You make it sound like you need a collection of books to validate an interest.

    I own books, not a whole lot, but a wide array of types and subjects. I wouldn't call it a collection. They are just various things I have picked up throughout the years.

    Do I purposely buy books to "form a collection"?

    NO.
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    Jun 02, 2008 7:31 PM GMT
    Caslon4000 saiddo most of your books open to the right or to the left...presuming you own any books?

    Of course they open to the left, to the left (...blame Beyonce for redundance. LOL!). Even the Quran I own opens to the left, to the left, as it is in English version.
    If money is not an issue, I will buy books that I am drawn to when I go to bookstores: the big, artsy, hardbound, coffee-table types from various subjects: modern art (architecture, fashion, nature shots, geography) to autobiographies, cookbooks, history, etc.
    Of course I won't necessarily read them. They'd look good on coffee tables in the living room!
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    Jun 02, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    danielryan saidYou make it sound like you need a collection of books to validate an interest.

    I own books, not a whole lot, but a wide array of types and subjects. I wouldn't call it a collection. They are just various things I have picked up throughout the years.

    Do I purposely buy books to "form a collection"?

    NO.


    Sorry, dr, I wasnt trying to sound to make it sound like a Collection of Fine Manuscripts, but just do you all buy books for whatever reason or interests you have and then whatever you do with them.

    Any additional information, like you just gave, is just what I wanted to hear.

    Thanks!
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    Jun 02, 2008 8:07 PM GMT
    Ohhh yes, my collections on chemistry and evolution are both progressing nicely. Aside from my 2 chem and 1 organic chem textbooks, I also have a few books lying around my parents house about chemistry and biochemistry, and i recently "borrowed" (stole) a book from a friend called The Red Queen which discusses how humans evolved to have sex (perhaps one of my favorite topics in biology icon_razz.gif )

    You were right in assuming money is the main issue here; text books are 100+ dollars each. But if i had the money, i would have a fucking huge library!
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    Jun 02, 2008 8:40 PM GMT
    Yeah I love books, they are the one things you should never throw out!

    When I go to Amsterdam for my Masters I'm paying serious thought as to how I'm going to take all of my books! I think its quite sad really but when I'm writing articles or essays I always refer to something random I have read!
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    Jun 02, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    Do you really think that age is a factor when considering an aversion to reading?
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    Jun 02, 2008 8:43 PM GMT
    I have a moderate library, probably a couple hundred books, and wish I could convert them all to electronic form. If Amazon offered a very inexpensive "trade up from paper to electronic" program for the Kindle I'd be EXTREMELY likely to get it (if I could pay them an extra $100 and have all the books I've ever bought from Amazon suddenly in electronic form too.)

    Books are such a pain to move.

    One of my friends and his wife, he was a professor of film history at UT here in Austin and among all his interests has such a massive library of books that they didn't fit in their house any more. Considering all their options, they opted to just buy a second house on their street, and it is now their annex, their library, where they keep their books.

    It's a little ridiculous.
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    Jun 02, 2008 8:45 PM GMT
    not gonna lie, besides school, everything i know and read and look at is on the internet. damn technology takin the "fun" out of like you like to say "curling up with a nice book in a bay window on a sunny afternoon".

    I am sorry though.
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    Jun 02, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidDo you really think that age is a factor when considering an aversion to reading?


    I was wondering if younger RJers who have grown up with electronic access to information might have a different outlook on books. That is the point of this thread.
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    Jun 02, 2008 8:48 PM GMT
    ahhh. misunderstood.

    I guess I never thought that the computer could replace reading a book. I have tried, but its not the same.
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    Jun 02, 2008 9:03 PM GMT
    I have a couple bookshelfs full of everything from college textbooks to YA Literature, and almost every genre. I prefer to buy rather than borrow and have considered something like Amazon's Kindle, but money plays a factor there. I did order 25 books last week and have have almost 5 pages of books still that I want to buy. Amazon is going to drain my bank account. lol.
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    Jun 02, 2008 9:15 PM GMT
    I prefer reading & owning books, plus you can't read every book online yet unless you have an account to certain sites but what would be the point in getting one when you can buy the book. I doubt books will be obsolete at least until everything is done electronically and printer companies go outta business.

    Currently I have a pretty big collection of fantasy books, books on art, anatomy books, books on mythology, and books on alot of other subjects that i've gathered over the years
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    Jun 02, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    Anytime I read a book, I prefer to purchase it so I'll have easy access to the material should I want to reference it later.

    I have, however, noticed that I have increasingly been using the internet to reference the very information I keep those books around to provide :-/
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    Jun 02, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    definitely a book buyer...i love reading a brand new book. usually i've got a couple at once that i work on simultaneously, bit by bit....being overseas has really killed me as you can't easily buy books and ship them home. icon_sad.gif

    usually i add about a shelf a summer.icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 02, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    I wish i could obtain more books, and have the time to read them, however, i will do so when money and time permits me too, i'd love a library. Its sad though that not too many kids read as much these days.

    My old roommate was saying he last read a book in sophomore year of high school and he then listened to harry potter on cassette, this is the guy who had problems spelling (i swear he asked how to spell these): egg, sushi, awkward and a whole bunch of others.. thank god i don't live with that dumb ass anymore
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    Jun 02, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    You can't take a computer monitor into the john.
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    Jun 02, 2008 10:37 PM GMT
    i love to read. i have two and a half bookcases full of books mostly fiction, philosophy, and cookbooks. i even have a couple hippy books. lol. reading rocks!
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    Jun 02, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    jprichva saidYou can't take a computer monitor into the john.


    though I know some people who have a laptop they keep in the bathroom for that purpose.