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

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    Jun 03, 2008 4:21 AM GMT
    Why is this particular question geared towards the younger generation? Just curious is all.

    In any case, I'll answer the question as it was asked. Quite easy to do without making some unecessary comment to set things aflame.

    I enjoy buying books instead of reading them online. It's sort of an outlet for me and I can take a book anywhere with me unlike my laptop, which requires electricity whereas a book just needs a hand to flip the pages. I have a a pretty big collection (I think) and I'm constantly buying more because I enjoy it.
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    Jun 03, 2008 4:26 AM GMT
    Guy101 saidWhy is this particular question geared towards the younger generation? Just curious is all.

    In any case, I'll answer the question as it was asked. Quite easy to do without making some unecessary comment to set things aflame.

    I enjoy buying books instead of reading them online. It's sort of an outlet for me and I can take a book anywhere with me unlike my laptop, which requires electricity whereas a book just needs a hand to flip the pages. I have a a pretty big collection (I think) and I'm constantly buying more because I enjoy it.


    its prob geared towards younger people because it is thought by many that younger people are more concerned with tv, video games and computers than they are with books. i assume he was checking to see if that idea is true amongst those at RJ.
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    Jun 03, 2008 4:32 AM GMT
    Guy101 saidWhy is this particular question geared towards the younger generation? Just curious is all.


    As I posted above...icon_mad.gif

    Caslon4000 said
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    Do 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 03, 2008 4:32 AM GMT
    I love books! I wouldn't say I have a library, but they're all over my room. I use the internet for reference, but for pleasure (which could be anything from science fiction to a textbook on a subject I'm interested in) I'd say a book is the best thing. I'm one of those types of people that prefers to read, rather than watch tv. There's so much more you get out of books than you ever do on tv!
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    Jun 03, 2008 4:41 AM GMT
    Oh god, what a thread.

    I'm a very big snob when it comes to my book collection. I'm an English Lit. student, so I guess it makes a little sense, but I NEED to own a book if I read it. I can't borrow someone's book any more than I'd be willing to use a pair of their briefs. Haha.

    It can get pricey though, so I buy a lot of my books second hand from used book stores.

    But an impressive book collection should only be a consequence of a love for reading, otherwise, owning a library purely to say you have one is too aesthetic for comfort.
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    Jun 03, 2008 5:26 AM GMT
    Learning and books have always been an important part of my life. When I moved to California 2 years ago to start new, all I brought with me was one car load of books, clothes and and some computer stuff (actually I had a friend bring a car load too). But it is those books in my room that make me feel at home where-ever I end up.

    My grandmother always had books, magazines (old national geographic), encyclopedias. I think that and my natural curiosity made me love books. I think they are so important (OK the internet now is too) for learning and expanding your mind.

    AS a matter of fact .. For the next 3 people that post an amazon link to a book that they have been wanting (less than 35.00 please) I will buy that book for you. You can email me with the mailing information later or see below (wish list). you should be somewhere where amazon delivers to. let me know.icon_biggrin.gif I will check back later.

    BTW. If you create a wish list on amazon and give me the name or email address for it, I can purchase a book for you and it will automatically go to you without having to disclose your mailing address. Oh, and you don't have to be young.

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    Jun 03, 2008 6:56 AM GMT
    While I wouldn't go as far as Rowerboy and get rid of all of my books, I would rather that the local library deal with buying and storing the books I want to read.

    To answer Calson4000's original question, I don't think that access to information on the internet or other media has made _reading_ books obsolete. However,I think Andrew Carnegie's generous support for libraries has made _owning_ most books obsolete. I'll save my money and shelf space for other things.
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    Jun 03, 2008 7:03 AM GMT
    I buy all my books. There's something 'magical' about a book. I don't know what it is, but I love 'em.

    If I had more money I would have a hell of a lot more books! I only have about 90 novels. Have a few fitness books, quite a few on writing fiction, and about five baking cookbooks.
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    Jun 03, 2008 7:56 AM GMT
    I'm not exactly going to be a representative response here... as I still have almost every book that I had from my four years in university. I went to a traditional heavy liberal arts university that emphasized the Great Books of the Western Tradition and avoided text books like the plague, if possible. So that's a lot of books.

    Always had a love for books, always will. I tend to buy books occasionally in the hope of reading them, and sometimes never do.

    Unfortunately, I also am pursuing a career in psychology. The psych world is almost completely digital (Thank the flying spaghetti monster for Psych Info!) which makes things so much easier. It also means that there is going to be less and less of actual book-type material. It also means there's going to be less qualitative, descriptive and philosophical psych and more quantitative methodology. In layman's terms... more and more thinking of us as numbers and less thinking of us as human.
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    Jun 03, 2008 8:25 AM GMT
    I read alot, and after losing my library card (over $1000 in fines by the time i hit 14) they took it away and I started purchasing books. I have 3 bookscases(5 shelves by 4 feet) of fantasy and Sci fi. Mostly fantasy. (tamora pierce, mercedes alckey, david eddings, guy gabriel kay, mccaferry, tolkien etc.), 2 bookcases of sociology, anthro and history books that I read for fun. 3 shelves for textbooks, 2 shelves for basic ficiton and poetry, 2 shelves of gay fiction, 1 shelf of magazines(advocate, out, instinct, XY) and a shelf of training books for climbing, fitness and travel guides.
    Like I said I read alot. Any home i purchase will have a dedicated library just for reading. Big Comfy chairs, a firepace, good lighting, wide windows and a stereo.
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    Jun 03, 2008 12:32 PM GMT
    I was a library bookworm in high school. Used to be really good friends with our school librarian. Plus I grew up to a household of books - my family bought 4 sets of encyclopedia and added to it when I was in my preteens.

    My mom introduced me to Dr. Seuss, the 'Sally and Dick' books. My sisters introduced me to Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew (later on even to include Mills & Boons LOL). Me and my brother had a sizeable X-men, Spiderman, and Disney comic collection that's all torn up now. icon_sad.gif And finally I got drawn to sci-fi and horror when I first read Stephen King in Grade 6 or something. From then on... I was doomed as a geek.

    As soon as I started getting enough allowance I started stockpiling books, books, books. I very rarely buy NEW books though, they cost a lot for the average filipino student. LOL. So I stick with secondhand bookstores where you can find rare stuff every now and then.

    I have bought enough books to fill half a dozen boxes. All paperbacks. That excludes National Geographic magazines and the books I inherited from my sisters. heh.

    I almost never buy technical or nonfiction books though. I do most of my nonfiction reading online.

    There's something just comforting with real pages. I can never be comfortable trying to read e-books. icon_confused.gif

    The last book I bought was The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans (I found it a bit boring... honestly). I'm sad though, because the only real book store in the nearest city here closed down last year. I can only glean from the vastly limited shelves of supermarkets and stuff now, unless I'm on a trip to teh coastal cities, where I always splurge on books anyway.
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    Jun 03, 2008 12:46 PM GMT
    ActiveAndFit saidFor the next 3 people that post an amazon link to a book that they have been wanting (less than 35.00 please) I will buy that book for you. You can email me with the mailing information later or see below (wish list). you should be somewhere where amazon delivers to. let me know.icon_biggrin.gif I will check back later.


    On the off chance you're serious...

    http://www.amazon.com/Promises-Keep-Charles-Lint/dp/159606126X/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I6UVF3X8B4KNI&colid=22VIPSJV88TD2

    One of my favorite authors.
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    Jun 03, 2008 12:48 PM GMT
    LOL is he serious then?

    http://www.amazon.com/Deeper-Novel-Jeff-Long/dp/0743284542
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    Jun 03, 2008 12:53 PM GMT
    Tripuck saidI read alot, and after losing my library card (over $1000 in fines by the time i hit 14) they took it away and I started purchasing books. I have 3 bookscases(5 shelves by 4 feet) of fantasy and Sci fi. Mostly fantasy. (tamora pierce, mercedes alckey, david eddings, guy gabriel kay, mccaferry, tolkien etc.), 2 bookcases of sociology, anthro and history books that I read for fun. 3 shelves for textbooks, 2 shelves for basic ficiton and poetry, 2 shelves of gay fiction, 1 shelf of magazines(advocate, out, instinct, XY) and a shelf of training books for climbing, fitness and travel guides.
    Like I said I read alot. Any home i purchase will have a dedicated library just for reading. Big Comfy chairs, a firepace, good lighting, wide windows and a stereo.


    Mmm Tamora. Yay strong women in fantasy.

    Read all of Lackey, despite her not being a very good author. I find Kay a little dry. McCaffrey's older stuff is better, but I own a *lot* of it.
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    Jun 03, 2008 1:15 PM GMT
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    http://www.amazon.com/Promises-Keep-Charles-Lint/dp/159606126X/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I6UVF3X8B4KNI&colid=22VIPSJV88TD2

    One of my favorite authors.
    lol!icon_biggrin.gif yes I was! If you guys create an amazon account with a wishlist on amazon if will make it easier for me to send it. Otherwise I will get you addresses from you in private [email] This is number one!
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    Sedative saidLOL is he serious then?

    http://www.amazon.com/Deeper-Novel-Jeff-Long/dp/0743284542

    yeppers! this is number two! Does amazon deliver to the Philippine's? Nevermind, they do!

    ONE MORE TO GO!
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    Jun 03, 2008 1:22 PM GMT
    Certainly. I've got a few boxes of books that I've collected over the years. Science fiction, classic literature, poetry, self help, humour, and even psychology, writing and a dictionary.
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    Jun 03, 2008 1:23 PM GMT
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    Book! BOOK!
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    Jun 03, 2008 1:25 PM GMT
    I love reading. Ironically, I haven't had time since I started my honours research. I've been too busy reading.

    The difference? I love reading books. I've been reading research papers, which are interesting, but they don't have the bookiness of books.

    I have space for one bookshelf in my house. It's completely full already, and I'm still looking for more of them. I particularly love Fantasy, and Terry Pratchett's comedic fantasy is just incredible! I'm not surprised that I've always loved to read, my parents are both multi-degreed and my father has a library of over 30,000 volumes, mainly in the realms of spirituality, With a goodly portion of fiction.

    While I'll probably wind up getting a Kindle or other eBook Reader, I think there'll always be a part of me that loves the carbon lockup of books. There's just something almost romantic about them.
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    ActiveAndFit said

    http://www.amazon.com/Deeper-Novel-Jeff-Long/dp/0743284542

    yeppers! this is number two! Does amazon deliver to the Philippine's? Nevermind, they do!

    ONE MORE TO GO![/quote]

    icon_eek.gif You're serious?!

    Active, the shipping would probably add to the cost!

    But... pride be damned LOL. I wouldn't be able to get hold of that book otherwise! icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 03, 2008 1:42 PM GMT
    I love books, I have tons of them. I am always reading a new book.

    Here is my amazon wishlist, its kind of all over and not yet complete.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1DBNCAGD7C657
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    Jun 03, 2008 1:56 PM GMT
    ActiveAndFit saidAS a matter of fact .. For the next 3 people that post an amazon link to a book that they have been wanting (less than 35.00 please) I will buy that book for you.


    WOW, ActiveAndFit, you are AWESOME!
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:02 PM GMT
    JockBoyTroy saidI love books, I have tons of them. I am always reading a new book.

    Here is my amazon wishlist, its kind of all over and not yet complete.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1DBNCAGD7C657
    DING DING DING! OK, this is number three.

    Let me know JockBoyTroy if there is one in particular you favor.

    I have to go to work soon, so I might not be able to get to these till tonight, but I will .. I am guessing your wish list will email you the information, so make sure you information on your wishlist is current. I would not want it going to the wrong place.
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:07 PM GMT
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    WOW, ActiveAndFit, you are AWESOME!


    Yes. Yes he is.
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:08 PM GMT
    DiverScience said[quote][cite]Tripuck said[/cite]I read alot, and after losing my library card (over $1000 in fines by the time i hit 14) they took it away and I started purchasing books. I have 3 bookscases(5 shelves by 4 feet) of fantasy and Sci fi. Mostly fantasy. (tamora pierce, mercedes alckey, david eddings, guy gabriel kay, mccaferry, tolkien etc.), 2 bookcases of sociology, anthro and history books that I read for fun. 3 shelves for textbooks, 2 shelves for basic ficiton and poetry, 2 shelves of gay fiction, 1 shelf of magazines(advocate, out, instinct, XY) and a shelf of training books for climbing, fitness and travel guides.
    Like I said I read alot. Any home i purchase will have a dedicated library just for reading. Big Comfy chairs, a firepace, good lighting, wide windows and a stereo.


    Mmm Tamora. Yay strong women in fantasy.

    Read all of Lackey, despite her not being a very good author. I find Kay a little dry. McCaffrey's older stuff is better, but I own a *lot* of it.[/quote]

    I love me some Ursula K. LeGuin and Tanith Lee.

    I have one McCaffrey favorite: The Ship Who Sang, a pretty old book. I never liked her Pern series though. Some of the first fantasy I bought were by Mercedes Lackey (Elvenblood with Andre Norton, Storm Rising, and Arrow's Flight borrowed from a friend).