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

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    Jun 06, 2008 4:22 AM GMT
    ActiveAndFit said[quote][cite]Crimthann said[/cite]I'm less ambitious and easier to please. Any of the below will do.
    And amazingly consistent too![/quote]

    Current area of personal research. And all the books have pretty pictures.
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    Jun 06, 2008 4:53 AM GMT
    I am always amazed at the sheer number of books that the avg french person has in their apt. Amazing and it easily puts even well read americans to shame. Think next to Swedish/Fins they read the most and dont even have that terrible winter to deal with
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    Jun 06, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    I have a HUGE collection of books - several bookcases' worth.icon_cool.gif They're all textbooks. (I own only about 5 novels!) The majority are from my degree course, plus all the other subjects I'm interested in...

    If I had lots of money to burn, and space to put them, I would buy more. HOWEVER - I feel I've reached a point where my collection covers most of my interests fairly comprehensively (and I'm beginning to resign myself to the fact that I can't know everything!), so I don't feel compelled to get many more at the moment. I don't have enough space anyway.icon_cry.gif
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    Jun 06, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    I'm 19 and I'm a computer student. Most of my computer-related text books can be bought as electronic copies. But for some reason, I can not learn or comprehend an electronic copy ... yet I have no problem with a physical copy.

    I own a collection of maybe 30 books. This includes some books from classes and a lot of books that I bought online. If I can get a book for a total or $5 from Amazon, I'm going to do it haha.
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    Jun 06, 2008 11:21 PM GMT
    Call me a geek. I love books (but sadly don't have many myself).
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    Jun 06, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    I am STILL an avid reader and LOVE books, however I always turn around and donate them to the Library just because I don't want to hold on to them afterwards/clutter thing or give them away to friends.
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    Jun 08, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    on top of 30 or so textbooks (some I just purchased for the hell of it in the used section) I have 56 novels, 13 collections of short stories, 28 classics, 10 years worth of National Geographic (lifetime subscription to Nat-Geo, is- hands down, the best birthday present I have EVER received!) the last 3 years worth of GQ, the last 3 years worth of the New England Journal of Medicine, as well as the last 6 years worth of TIME, and NewsWeek. I read the local, and a national newspaper everyday (they only stay around for about a month, because face it.. they don't last and take up entirely too much space.) I'm young, and have had the internet since I was about 12 years old. However I'd prefer books/magazines any day of the week, I know that books were the soul intention of this post, once I have the money to spend vast amounts on books and a place to store them, I will definitely be purchasing MANY more.
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    Jun 08, 2008 11:48 PM GMT
    I have plenty of books and the only reason I don't have more is because there are other things I need to pay first that take priority. But yes, I love reading and yes I own a ton of books. I also love it when people get me a good book as a gift.

    I have a tendency to keep all my college textbooks and actually have the read majority of them completely. I don't keep the ones that seem unnecessary, but I tend to keep the large majority.
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    Jun 09, 2008 12:00 AM GMT
    I love reading and find something special in collecting books - aside from being able to refer back to them every now and then, I also really appreciate a well designed book (am a sucker for print design).

    My collection is fairly mixed, though there are probably more non-fic theory and design/photography than fiction. My partner reads a lot of fiction however, so our bookshelf looks more balanced icon_razz.gif

    I'd love to fill an entire wall with books - complete with a dedicated ladder for browsing...
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    Jun 09, 2008 12:18 AM GMT
    buddha_the_god said[quote][cite]Luckydog76 said[/cite]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.


    Isn't my labelling of bookreaders as pretentious just perfect?[/quote]

    I agree with your view that English Lit. class participants can be pretentious. I took three of them in University, I only did so to expand my reading horizons, not to get high marks.

    However, reading books one wants to read, and reading at the University level I found to be entirely different experiences. One is for pleasure at a comfortable pace, the other is forced on you with deadlines, and horrible things called essays to write.
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    Aug 05, 2008 11:24 PM GMT
    Caslon5000 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.



    Hmm...I use the internet for fast facts and quick research, but more so as a means of finding the books I need/want.

    And, as an admitted bibliophile, I never leave a bookstore without buying a book; it's just...not done.
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    Aug 05, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    Shadows47 saidOh 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.


    I concur.

    However, if someone else (read: lover) owns a library, I'll look beyond their misplaced sense of aesthetics and indulge. :-D
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    Aug 05, 2008 11:53 PM GMT
    Well,I'm sure you already know this from other postings, but I have a huge extensive book collection and maintain my library in good condition. I feel that books are the only true form of Free Speech because they are harder to censor, (an unabridged or unedited version is usually findable.) I am a nerd and proud of it. Books are my thing. Unfortunately I see many school libraries and even some public libraries are getting rid of books and adding more computers and electronic media. - This is greatly unfortunate.
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    Aug 06, 2008 12:21 AM GMT
    I gave away about 4000 books when I moved from New York to Virginia (yes, 4000, that was no typo). It was to a synagogue thrift store. That left me with only 1500. I sold off another 700 when I moved from Virginia to Florida, but what with acquisitions that left me with still nearly 1000. I've pared that down to about 600 essentials, but I've gotten rid of everything except the stuff I can't part with.

    Of course, I'm not part of the 'younger set' on here, so this is all beside the point.
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    Aug 06, 2008 12:35 AM GMT
    Actually, the books are beginning to be a bit of a burden. Any time I think about relocating, I have to figure what to do with them. Any time I want to work on the house, I have to move them.

    Too embarrassed to show a pic... after all these years, it's still bricks and boards. Currently 52 linear feet, 8 feet high. Right now, anything going on the shelf has to be coupled with something else getting weeded out. (Theoretically.)

    Recently, I went to the county library, to see if I could live with that collection. Forget about it. I looked for ten books that I'd recently read. They didn't have any of them. In fact, I recognized some of those shelves - they haven't changed since I was twelve years old. Despite a property tax levy just for the library that costs me hundreds of dollars a year.

    I've tried moving to electronic subscriptions for journals. It's fine as long as you never stop paying your dues. Then they all disappear.

    I'm very skeptical of the "kindle." It's a proprietary format, locked to specific hardware with no backup. As soon as amazon switches to something better or drops the experiment, it's all gone. I've tried electronic publications before. I've got a whole stack of them that no living computer can read. A decent reader device is one problem, but it's worthless without open standards and reasonable DRM.

    Still... for years I kept two copies of the Merck Manual and the CRC Handbook - one at the office and one at home - and used them daily. Now I can't remember the last time I even touched them. It's faster to get a constant from google than to get up and go to the bookshelf.
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    Sep 15, 2009 12:13 PM GMT


    I already do ... from local book exchanges. My undergraduate library sold old or used text books for a quarter, so you can best bet that I stocked up!
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    Sep 15, 2009 1:26 PM GMT
    Just to throw a spanner in the works, I love to read, technical and fictional, so I've got a whole lot of sci-fi novels, a fuckton (Metric) of cookbooks (My chief hobby) and I've got assorted Programming texts.

    And, a subscription to http://www.safaribooksonline.com, a digital library of all of O'reilly's technical books, as well as those of other companies. So, physical made digital.

    Plus, the cookbooks are half for use, and half to celebrate how old and old fashioned they are... Jelly Salads, Campbell Soup in everything, and so on.