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

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    Jun 03, 2008 2:08 PM GMT
    Caslon4000 said
    WOW, ActiveAndFit, you are AWESOME!
    Aww shucks icon_redface.gif its the little things in life that count .. and books are relatively little. except this one! http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/12/16/largest.book.ap/
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:12 PM GMT
    DiverScience said[quote][cite]Caslon4000 said[/cite]
    WOW, ActiveAndFit, you are AWESOME!


    Yes. Yes he is.[/quote]

    I'm going to offer my carnal pleasures to ActiveAndFit. icon_lol.gif j/k Seriously thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

    I'ma try to make that wishlist thingie. If not, then just my address. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:12 PM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/12/16/largest.book.ap/

    Oh wait. I want THAT one.
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:17 PM GMT
    Sedative saidhttp://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/12/16/largest.book.ap/

    Oh wait. I want THAT one.
    lol "Hawley is charging $10,000" I said less than 35.00, not less than 35,000! icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 03, 2008 2:19 PM GMT
    Sedative saidI'ma try to make that wishlist thingie. If not, then just my address. icon_razz.gif
    OK. I will check later. If you make one, just email me the wish list name or the email address you use for it.
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    Jun 03, 2008 4:07 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.



    I'm like you in the sense I have tons of tech books. It was my field of expertise at one point. I do however lover ready fiction and tend to own lots of books dealing with war, magic and dragons. Do I read non-fiction? Only once in a great while and never a biography or documentary.

    In terms of electronic books that has already changed. Look at Amazon's Kindle device. Its great and makes long train rides an flights more bearable.

    To Caslon's question since you have no age limit, other then younger, Ill answer up. I have a collection of 2500 books. 1200 are tech books that get cycled in and out. When they near a certain point I donate them to the local library. The rest are mostly fiction with a large number being from Piers Anthony, and Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman. Sadly I do own the entire Harry Potter set in hardcover as well.

    If I purchase a book with the thought that it is going into my library collection then I get a hardcover book. If it is going to be a read once and donate it will be a softcover. Though there are a number of paperbacks that I have in my collection because I couldnt bear to part with them.
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    Jun 03, 2008 6:18 PM GMT
    I have two full walls of books in my house. One entire bookshelf of classics and classic murder mysteries published by the Franklin Mint in leather with gold leaf edges. Then I have regular copies of most of those books because I want to keep them pristine, so I never open them.

    I havent' read all of them, but I'm working my way through them.

    I also have two full bookshelves of scifi/fantasy and writers books...along with lots of technical sciene books I use for refernce when I'm writing my own scifi.

    I rarely get rid of any book I buy..unless its really awful, then I don't want it in my house.
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    Jun 03, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    I would love to see pics of you guys' bookcases or crates or however you have them stored. It would be awesome to see in some instances, I am sure...and probably hilarious to see in others.

    Did you know there actually is a book on:

    bookonbookshelf.jpgclick to go to Amazon.com

    ...which answers the burning question of why books are stored straight up with spines out on bookshelves.
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    Jun 03, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    That's a burning question?

    I just know it's better for them and their spines. Books need good posture too!
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    Jun 03, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    I am not a youngster by any means but I am using the internet more and more to replace books or magazines that I used to purchase. Mainly reference books or magazines that deal with my hobbies or interests.

    In terms of fiction or even non-fiction I am now going to the library. Three + bookshelves plus about 10 boxes of books in storage is enough for a condo.
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    Jun 03, 2008 8:50 PM GMT
    Luckydog76 saidAh 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.


    Isn't my labelling of bookreaders as pretentious just perfect?
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    Jun 03, 2008 9:22 PM GMT
    I love reading books and I used to have the oppourtunity to read to my hearts content. My Dad really believed in the whole reading thing so he bought us a tub of of books over the years.icon_biggrin.gif

    Now, I have the internet. icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 05, 2008 1:22 AM GMT
    Heres mine.

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    Yes, that would be an autographed picture of McCain. Not pictured, the Xmas or Birthday cards from the McCain family (I don't keep up after a month). And I was in the middle of cleaning my pistol, that's why its on the table by the chair. I keep it under the pillow at night.

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    Alot of the books have been moved to the new place in DC. Theres only about half here.

    Enjoy. Comment.


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    Jun 05, 2008 6:28 AM GMT
    I have way to many books and am tired of buying shelving to accommodate them all. So for me that is a yes. The part about books that I like is that they are forever yours. The internet could go down or the world could come to an end for humans, but my books would still be there. I like the idea behind that.
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    Jun 05, 2008 10:11 PM GMT
    TonkaTruck23 saidI have way to many books and am tired of buying shelving to accommodate them all. So for me that is a yes. The part about books that I like is that they are forever yours. The internet could go down or the world could come to an end for humans, but my books would still be there. I like the idea behind that.


    I agree with the uncertainty of the internet. I often go to the internet for quick information. But for subjects in which I am particularly interested, I want my own books that can be taken down and that dont become technologically obsolete and unreadable in the fairly near future.
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    Jun 05, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    Crimthann saidHeres mine.

    Lib1

    Yes, that would be an autographed picture of McCain. Not pictured, the Xmas or Birthday cards from the McCain family (I don't keep up after a month). And I was in the middle of cleaning my pistol, that's why its on the table by the chair. I keep it under the pillow at night.

    Lib2

    Alot of the books have been moved to the new place in DC. Theres only about half here.

    Enjoy. Comment.




    Handsome furniture, Crimthann! Give that fine library look and feel.

    What are those two documents framed about McCain's photo?

    What's in that small display case in the second photo?

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    Jun 05, 2008 10:20 PM GMT
    The framed documents above the small bookcase (which, by the way, was a wedding gift to my husband's family 4 or 5 generations ago) are our family histories/hearldries that he had made for me since he knows I love the family stuff. The stuff on em is mostly bunk since not everyone had "Coats of Arms" and such, but he like em and it was sweet of him.

    In the trophy case are a few trophies. My first edition of "Brave New World", a bayonet I kept from my first and largest weapons raid in Iraq, a 200 year old Persian Jambyia Dagger (Damascus Steel!$!) that he bought for me on one of his trips, and a few of mine and his medals we earned.

    The rug is from Kuwait.

    The office/Library when we met was white-walled and had a futon and tv stand in it. I redid this room (since it is his man-cave, or was until he moved to DC) as a present to him. I wanted to give him that old-world feel.
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    Jun 05, 2008 10:44 PM GMT
    the Breakdown

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    Jun 05, 2008 11:46 PM GMT
    reading is one of my favorite things to do!! i, however, dont own my physical books considering i own an amazon kindle. it is the greatest thing ever. go to amazon.com and check it out, i would highly recommend it to anyone.
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    Jun 05, 2008 11:58 PM GMT
    I've thought about the Kindle. It makes me think of the PADD from Star Trek! but there is something special about the smell of the book, the feel of the pages.
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    Jun 06, 2008 12:44 AM GMT
    I agree about the Kindle...and it's not nearly as cool as what a PADD would be. The simple act of turning a page, the arrangement of the words on each line, the thought into where a page breaks and how a collection of pages feel in your and,not to mention the look of printed words, are a huge part of experiencing a written story.

    My book on Amazon has sold pretty well in print and not at all on the Kindle. Paper ain't going away any time soon, boys.
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    Jun 06, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
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    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.

    Buy for me now on amazon:
    http://tinyurl.com/6fjw7l
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    Jun 06, 2008 2:19 AM GMT
    Well, diamonds are a girls best friend, and OW is a big ol' girl.

    I'm less ambitious and easier to please. Any of the below will do.

    http://www.amazon.com/Germanic-Warrior-AD-236-568/dp/1855325861/ref=pd_sim_b_title_2

    http://www.amazon.com/Arthur-Anglo-Saxon-Men-at-Arms-David-Nicolle/dp/0850455480/ref=pd_sim_b_title_3

    http://www.amazon.com/Vikings-Elite-Ian-Heath/dp/0850455650/ref=pd_sim_b_title_4

    http://www.amazon.com/Saxon-Viking-Norman-Men-Arms/dp/0850453011/ref=pd_sim_b_title_5

    http://www.amazon.com/Romes-Enemies-Gallic-British-Men-at-Arms/dp/0850456061/ref=pd_sim_b_title_1

    http://www.amazon.com/Romes-Enemies-Gallic-British-Men-at-Arms/dp/0850456061/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212718478&sr=1-1
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    Jun 06, 2008 4:08 AM GMT
    Crimthann saidI'm less ambitious and easier to please. Any of the below will do.
    And amazingly consistent too!
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    Jun 06, 2008 4:11 AM GMT
    obscenewish saidBuy for me now on amazon: http://tinyurl.com/6fjw7l
    Eh, whats $35.00 give or take $195215.00, then again, it's not a book and that is going just too icon_mad.gif far!!