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

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    Jun 02, 2008 10:52 PM GMT
    I would have an extensive collection of books if money wasn't an issue. So the library works for me.
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    Jun 02, 2008 10:53 PM GMT
    Caslon4000 saidbuy 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.


    I guess I still count as younger...

    I have a large collection of books, fiction and non-fiction. I love the internet and use it every day, but it doesn't replace certain types of reference materials. I have herb books, craft books, science books, etc.
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    Jun 02, 2008 10:55 PM GMT
    I have way too many books. Every book I read I keep. So don't lend me yours. Even books I still haven't returned to the library from 10 years ago. I end up just paying the late fees. My collection is big enough now, that I have containers of books stored at my parent's house. I love books in series, they make great collections. When I finally settle down and buy a house, I plan on having a library-type room. Books only, nothing electronic (except lamps). Electronic books can never replace the real thing- for one I like using bookmarks too.....
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    Jun 03, 2008 1:53 AM GMT
    Buy for sure, if finances allow!
    I think one of the answers to your question is how much people value knowledge and information, it doesn't matter whether they're old or young.
    I prefer to buy books and publications so I can have a bit of that knowledge or pleasure it brings. It's true that just simply looking up the same thing on the internet, if it exists will get the same job done. But internet doesn't really last long for the most part, some pages are taken down after a few years or the site moves the page into some archive you have to pay to view.

    It's hard to answer if I buy books in order to form a collection because it feels like as I'm buying them, it's becoming a collection lol.
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    Jun 03, 2008 1:55 AM GMT

    Oh definitely! I love books! I have an entire shelf and a half of my bookcase devoted to educational books.

    At least...educational to me.

    I've dubbed it my "international shelf". I have travel guides, phrasebooks for numerous languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, German etc.), a number of children's books in said languages to facilitate learning etc. etc.

    The internet is an awesome information-gathering tool...but nothing can really beat books in my opinion icon_smile.gif

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    Jun 03, 2008 2:02 AM GMT
    Books are boring. And very pretentious. Especially on higher levels.

    Having studied English at University made me realize to what degree the artsy fartisiness can reach. Oh man. No. No more books. I still have all these nobel prize books that I didn't really read "properly".
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:09 AM GMT
    Ah Buddha, to be young and 20 again. Didn't appreciate the immense value of books until I was 30. Your time will come and you will see all you have missed. Then make up for lost time.
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:17 AM GMT
    Would I create a book collection if I had the money to do it? Yeah! I love art compilation books (Picasso, Rockwell, Graffiti/Street Art, etc.) and pop-up books, so my collection would consist mostly of those. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:19 AM GMT
    I am looking at my library at the moment.... I see textbooks everywhere (( LOVE THOSE )), I have a large amount of Anne McCaffrey, a lot of gender/sexuality books and the rest of my science/fiction novels. I love books!
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:26 AM GMT
    I collect books. I have too many books to fit into my current "library". Young or old i think books are a thing that everyone should collect. And I have everything from childrens fantasies, to your stephen king/ john grisham, to your educational books from school.
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:34 AM GMT
    Books always have a place in a home. They are far more organized than the internet, don't contain rampant advertising, and they work to normalize texts to children growing up in the home. I was fortunate to have an entire encylopedia set growing up which was perfect for boring Chicago winters.
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:36 AM GMT
    I don't own very many books, mostly non fiction. I do own tons of old magazines and yearly guides for cars. I have magazines dating back to 1986 and as someone else mentioned, they're a bitch to move. I'm on the fence as far as getting rid of them. I think I've reached a point where I have too much stuff and I'm trying to get to a point where I have only what I need. I think at somepoint I may try to scan them into my computer and get rid of them.
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:41 AM GMT
    Well for me I used to hate reading when I was younger, and it was because I never found any books I liked to read. In school, and this is supported by every English teacher I have ever had, all the books that you are made to read are mostly aimed for girls very few are for boys... in Southern California anyway. That is why many boys dont like to read because they are forced to read books they dont like so it creates a distaste for reading. I just recently started to love books and am reading more and more.

    But a collection I think is only worth having so you can give your books to someone else. I have never read a book over again once I finished it.... not sure why, but I always feel you never lend books you always give them away so they can inspire someone else
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:46 AM GMT
    Oh how u all will try to make me feel small and illiterate after reading this...i aim to own no books. I'm proud to say ive made it to university and done quite successfully never having read a book i was not required to. I can spell just about any word and act as a dictionary to most friends, as well have excelled in grammar and speech class (yes, unfortunately our school requires we take this). If i do wish, and have the time, to "curl up" with a good "read" and pour myself some hot cocoa and maybe even grab a blanket (yes, picture it now, lol), i would just grab my laptop and browse the daily news. I know i seem to have blown a load on responding to this forum, but im glad it was posted as im sick and tired of these pretentious university assholes making my lack of reading out to be a mark of illiteracy.
    In all honesty, yes, technology is paving the way to less and less tree killers (oops sorry, i mean books) and it will soon make the information highway an easier one to navigate, save school children's backs from having to carry 28 lb textbooks, make encylopedaias and databanks easier to search through, and in the end allow for more information to be distributed. Let alone the fact that it will free up a room in your house (the library) and do away with that awful man we know as Shakespeare...why we still subject 21st children to this rubbish, ill never know.
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:48 AM GMT
    Books can be like old friends. I started with one bookcase in my fraternity room back in college, which has grown over the years to a whole library in my house with floor to ceiling books. I keep adding books - and loan them to friends anytime someone asks. It is great on a quiet day or night to go in there - select a book and read it again. Younger guys can go to book sales anywhere and have a collection of any size they have room for - no matter if you have a small apartment or a large house.
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    rowerboy saidOh how u all will try to make me feel small and illiterate after reading this...i aim to own no books. I'm proud to say ive made it to university and done quite successfully never having read a book i was not required to. I can spell just about any word and act as a dictionary to most friends, as well have excelled in grammar and speech class (yes, unfortunately our school requires we take this). If i do wish, and have the time, to "curl up" with a good "read" and pour myself some hot cocoa and maybe even grab a blanket (yes, picture it now, lol), i would just grab my laptop and browse the daily news. I know i seem to have blown a load on responding to this forum, but im glad it was posted as im sick and tired of these pretentious university assholes making my lack of reading out to be a mark of illiteracy.
    In all honesty, yes, technology is paving the way to less and less tree killers (oops sorry, i mean books) and it will soon make the information highway an easier one to navigate, save school children's backs from having to carry 28 lb textbooks, make encylopedaias and databanks easier to search through, and in the end allow for more information to be distributed. Let alone the fact that it will free up a room in your house (the library) and do away with that awful man we know as Shakespeare...why we still subject 21st children to this rubbish, ill never know.


    dude... congrats on ur great accomplishment. u may not like books but some of us do. its not pretentious or arrogant, but another symbol of who we are. it allows us to use our imagination, or simply just brings us pleasure the same as a movie or an internet can at times. let us enjoy our books the way u enjoy ur lap top.
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    Jun 03, 2008 3:00 AM GMT
    Ummmm.... at 23 I have 2 book cases full of books. I'm proud to say I've read most of them.
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    Jun 03, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    I find something relaxing about reading a book, its a more enjoyable experience than reading it off a computer screen online. I don't know why, maybe because I am usually always at a computer screen...and I can't really lounge like I could with a book.
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    Jun 03, 2008 3:28 AM GMT
    Paperback I buy for my travels and when I see something interesting in the racks at the local (non-book) store. Once these pile up, about once a year, I donate them to the library. Or if I finish them in an airport or on the plane, I leave them somewhere in the hopes that someone else might find and enjoy them.

    For the Library at home (and yes I have a room I call the Library) I mostly invest in hardcover books that I will read repeatedly over the years, or books I can use for various refferences, mostly medieval and ancient history. Currently this amounts to 250+ books.
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    Jun 03, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    I read quite a bit and try to vary the topics and genres as much as possible (although I seem to gravitate towards mystery and science fiction trash). It does get to be expensive to keep all those books around so I made myself sell anything I didn't absolutely LOVE and keep only the classics and favorites.

    Moving forward I usually borrow from my local library or buy second hand. I like the smell of old books anyway.
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    Jun 03, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    I love to read its just finding the time to get into a book and finding a book I can get into.

    I know this might sound lame and I don't care icon_razz.gif but I read the Harry Potter Series and now i'm without a book to read. I think i'll hit up a book store this weekend and see what catches my eye..

    Oh who the fuck am I kidding. No I wont. icon_biggrin.gif

    Cheers!
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    Jun 03, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    rowerboy saidOh how u all will try to make me feel small and illiterate after reading this...i aim to own no books. I'm proud to say ive made it to university and done quite successfully never having read a book i was not required to. I can spell just about any word and act as a dictionary to most friends, as well have excelled in grammar and speech class (yes, unfortunately our school requires we take this). If i do wish, and have the time, to "curl up" with a good "read" and pour myself some hot cocoa and maybe even grab a blanket (yes, picture it now, lol), i would just grab my laptop and browse the daily news. I know i seem to have blown a load on responding to this forum, but im glad it was posted as im sick and tired of these pretentious university assholes making my lack of reading out to be a mark of illiteracy.
    In all honesty, yes, technology is paving the way to less and less tree killers (oops sorry, i mean books) and it will soon make the information highway an easier one to navigate, save school children's backs from having to carry 28 lb textbooks, make encylopedaias and databanks easier to search through, and in the end allow for more information to be distributed. Let alone the fact that it will free up a room in your house (the library) and do away with that awful man we know as Shakespeare...why we still subject 21st children to this rubbish, ill never know.


    I'll take this as a "No." That's ok, Rowerboy. I wasnt trying to promote books, but to get insight in younger guys' attitudes.
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    Jun 03, 2008 3:57 AM GMT
    I would love to see pics of these libraries in the homes of you guys.

    I have posted a pic of my couple of bookcases that I built...tho there are now 3...and several old ones that are older than god. I was replacing them with these that I am building...til the damn cancer got in the way.
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    Jun 03, 2008 4:13 AM GMT
    The Internet operates at the 72dpi of a display compared to the 300+dpi of paper and so it should be evident which is more useful for the communication of very complex ideas. I have way too many books, several bookcases full distributed between here and with most of them in the UK and sadly too many to transport. Some books (technical ones) are useful for reference, others were read and retained.... I only keep books that I like. Hurrah for read-and-return bookshops, libraries and . I also am bad at forgetting I've lent them: I recently was handed back a copy of the Metamorphoses by a friend who'd borrowed it 5 years ago!

    Books have many memories and denote certain stages in the development of who I am. Tony Harrison's V was purchased when I was 16 and around the time I consciously became a socialist. I went to college the year after Birthday Letters was published and many of my experiences freshman year were filtered through that collection; after many years during which it was unread I reread it the other day. I have changed, and so has my view of it.

    Someone mentioned Shakespeare. Reading Shakespeare ought not be done.... it can only be enjoyed and loved if it is performed.
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    Jun 03, 2008 4:14 AM GMT
    And I see DiverScience has questioned whether we're still younger members. That's unfortunate. I don't want to be old. icon_biggrin.gif