Are we still keeping books or do you all have Kindles now?

@celticeagle (122744)
Boise, Idaho
June 25, 2009 11:55pm CST
Are we still saving books or getting rid of them? Do we collect ones in certain genres or not? I used to have scads and scads of books. Then I moved afew times and decided it just wasn't worth it. And with the Kindle do we save them anymore? How many books would you say you have now? Are there just certain books you could never get rid of? For me there are several.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
26 Jun 09
I have too many books to mention, celticeagle. Some of them I would never think of getting rid of because they are by my favorite authors or I hold them to be very special. I have many books by Stephen King and I don't think I could part with them. I estimate that I now have about 200 books in my apartment. I'm still trying to think of a way to get rid of some of them that won't cost me any money. Actually, I would love to own a Kindle, but my money is nowhere near long enough.
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@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 09
Ya, I was figuring how many books I had and hadn't even figured in the cook books, or the autobiographies my mom left me, or the natural curals and herbal books I have. So have about that amount too. Yes, a Kindle is not in my immediate future either.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
26 Jun 09
I don't think I'd use kindle. I don't like to read books online or listen on tape either. To me, reading is holding a book and kicking back and relaxing. I get most of my books at the library, but if there was something in particular that I wanted to keep, I would go to amazon.com or half.com and find it there. I rarely pay full price for anything.
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@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 09
Yes, I buy most of my books second hand on Amazon. I feel the same way about books. I would like to try the Kindle at some point just out of curiousity. Not real big on new tech stuff. Never had a cell or Ipod. I love books! Have you read or saw the story Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury? Great!
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
26 Jun 09
we have most of V.C. Andrews adn I gave my collestion of Louis La Amor to my son that likes westerns adn I have a few more I did have over 1,000 in 91 then a tornado came through and I never saw them again!
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@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 09
Oh, my gosh on the tornado! I love V.C.Andrews! My mom had alot of Louie's and I found them all after she passed in the unworking freezer out in the garage. Can you believe it? She was a thinker and a nut too.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
27 Jun 09
yup a tornado! we had no home left! Also I found most of the lois La Amor books in boxes in the basement of my parents house my dad had saved them some had termites but I got and saved most of them then Mom had to get a termenater and If I hadnt of looked there and found them she would have been over run with termites so guess it was lucky I looked in that one door!
@SomeCowgirl (32264)
• United States
26 Jun 09
My fiance and I don't have many books, but there are a few that we will never get rid of, even though we are planning to replace them with newer copies. They are too precious to be thrown away. I don't think that we will ever get the kindle as it's much better to read from the book and not from an electronic device, plus it just looks too small. Convenience or not, the allure of having to search for a book in the home is a lot more rewarding to me. I am not sure of the capacity of books on the kindle that can be saved, etc, but either way, lol that's no mind to me.
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@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 09
Ah, yes the allure. I used to try to keep an online list but gave that up. Life is just too short! haha. I just love books. Have you read Farenheit 451? Great story!
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@SomeCowgirl (32264)
• United States
27 Jun 09
Didn't they make a movie? lol here I am talking about how I don't like the idea of Kindles, and I'm asking if they made a movie! lol! No, I'm asking because I think I've seen snippets of the movie.
@gemini_rose (16193)
26 Jun 09
I have a few boxes of books in a cupboard and then I have a massive book shelf full too! In fact I have books everywhere. I am in the process of scaling them all down at the moment, I have been selling them off slowly. I do have various authors books though that I will not get rid of because I know that I will read them again at some point.
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• United States
26 Jun 09
Do y'all have a Half Price Books near you? We do alot of shopping with them and have done some trade ins towards other books. They give a fairly nice trade in amount, and they always have great deals on new books! Namaste-Anora
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@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 09
There are certain books I just can't part with. Either because I love the story/author or I know it will be too hard to replace it if I decide I want to read it again down the line.
• United States
26 Jun 09
I have books everywhere in our home. They are in the entertainment center, our end table, and I have some portable drawers next to my chair stuffed with books, then there is the painted pots under the plant stands filled with books. That's just in the living room. I have eight bookcases in the basement, nine cupboards in the upper floor filled with books, kitchen cupboard filled with cookbooks, books packed away in the garage. Books are everywhere and that does not count the current stack from the library. While I was reading an open domain book of Grimm's Fairy Tales on line last night, I still prefer my books as opposed to reading them on a kindle or computer. It bothers me with the eyestrain and there is nothing like turning a page and touching a book. Hmmmmm, I guess I prefer my reading comes from books but a kindle would not be bad for on the go.
@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 09
Yes, I think if I traveled alot a Kindle would be nice to have. Books are heavy.
• United States
26 Jun 09
My husband gave me the complete works of Grimm last year for my birthday. I love listening him read them to me. My favorite story is Bearskin! Namaste-Anora
@thea09 (18321)
• Greece
11 Jul 09
Hello celticeagle, I had never heard or a kindle until I opened this discussion, the idea of an electronic thing to replace books, it's crazy, what could ever take the place of a good book. Fads come and go but books will never go out of fashion. I too have moved and left books behind which I deeply regret and don't intend to part with any more. I have the classics, my holocaust collection, and the books by my favourite authors such as Douglas Kennedy.
@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jul 09
I am so glad you feel this way. You haven't read Farenheit 451 you need to. You would really enjoy it.
@lynnemg (4538)
• United States
26 Jun 09
I am an avid reader and have many books around my home. I have some that I just won't get rid of and others that I will likely donate to the library or a thrift store when I am done with them. I am constantly findong new treasures to add to my collection and I would imagine that between what I have here at home and what I have stores away at my Mom's, I have well over 200 books that I have either read or am planning to read.
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@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 09
Me too! I have a gal who comes out a couple times a year to get a box or two of books for the library. Have donated some to the thrift store as well.
• United States
26 Jun 09
Usually I get my books second hand, but lately I've been redonating them and getting ready to move. I have to say that while the kindle would be nice, I very rarely actually reread a book even though I always say I want to. In that sense, the kindle wouldn't make much sense because I can't pass on my books to someone else. And I have to pay full price for them, plus the fact that the kindle itself is so expensive. Unfortunately, a luxury I can definitely not afford.
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@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 09
Yes, I usually get mine second hand too. Isn't moving a great time to rid yourself of things and stuff? I keep ones that really meant something to me. I can't afford the Kindle either even though it has come out a bit in price.
@peace001 (727)
• China
26 Jun 09
absolutely,there are lots of books in my room,and I almost go to bookstore every month,and when I am out of it I will buy some books which I am longing.I never get rid of my books.I am glad to share my book with my friends but just one thing that I can not bear it,I lend my books to them ,but they never return it on time,for lots of my book are lost in this way.do you have the same experience,what should you do in this situation?
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@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 09
I wouldn't loan them out if I didn't care to lose them. If you don't feel you can trust them then don't loan your books to them. Boundaries and such.
@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
26 Jun 09
I collect old books, have a few specials that I save, and so I get new ones I trade my read ones with my sister and father in law. I am currently reading an older book that makes a great weight.... A hard copy complete works of Sherlock Homes.... I didn't know how he and watson met until now... funny never even thought about it.
• United States
26 Jun 09
We had to study his works in a critial thinking class I had to take for my bachelors degree, and he was definately a genius. It's an interesting collection to analyze, as well as enjoy. The Hound of the Baskervilles is still my all time favorite story. Did you know that Conon Doyle was good friends with Harry Houdini? Apparently the two of them used to go around London taking down "charlottans", as Harry referred to them. He was constantly going to seances to disprove them. There was a later story done about a story of two young girls who met with both of the men with pictures of fairies. They made a movie about it. Namaste-Anora
@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
26 Jun 09
Yes, I did know about him from another book or five I read on him. LOL
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@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 09
My mother used to read the books. She even read some to me. I was probably five. She loved a good mystery. Love to share her books and even mine. Grrrr
@jazel_juan (15759)
• Philippines
27 Jun 09
may i ask what is a kindle? anyways, i also have so many books that i try to keep..most are novels that i used to read a lot when i was in high school and college:)
@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Jun 09
A kindle is a device that you can read books off of. New technology and all. Check it out on amazon.com. I still have afew left over from school as well. Thanks.
@jazel_juan (15759)
• Philippines
27 Jun 09
kindle.wow i learned a new word today. thank you! i will check it out.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Jun 09
Those Kindle things are way out of my budget...too darn expensive. I've been a book collector all these years and have no intention of stopping in the buying of books...I get many so much cheaper at Amazon.com and Alibris...since I've been collecting books since I was in my high school days...do I have books? Do I have books I'm asked??? A just a few thousand from fiction, science, histories, etc
@celticeagle (122744)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Jun 09
Mine too. I have some books I have had since grade school. Thanks for responding.
• United States
26 Jun 09
I don't have a Kindle, and the only reason I would ever get one is because you can have newspapers and magazines. I would never want to read a whole book off a screen, its hard on my eyes and I much prefer the feel of books. I have no idea how many books I have, there is a couple boxes full of books in the closet, and lots more throughout the house, so I do have a lot.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Jun 09
I agree with you spicysweetie21...I find it hard enough reading too much from the computer screen without reading off yet another screen...I love the feel of books anyway--uh I have several thousand books BTW...LOL
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
10 Nov 09
I think that honestly I'd want to keep my books. The IDEA of a kindle is very cool, but I would still want to have some books as books. I have lost a lot of my books during a move but I have replaced some of them. I know I have at least 100 books, they are not all in one place, I need to get a bookcase. I think a kindle would be nice to have if I can't carry much with me but in some cases I just like to have the books. For instance I have a few series in hardback and they are collectors type books. I love how they look, which is why I wouldn't want to give up having them, even if I could download the text for an entire novel for $4 and buying the hardback book is $20.
• United States
27 Jun 09
I still have books, but I am getting a Kindle in the fall. My college is going to start using Kindles soon, and so I want to be up-to-date when it happens.
• United States
26 Jun 09
CE- I'm not sure what Kindles is, but I have a great many books. We have two large bookshelves packed to the hilt, as well as my two-shelf which is stacked with all of my teaching books. Our first shelf is full of all of the classics that we're keeping. I've a very old set of Charles Dickin's complete works. Only one is in poor condition (bought that way) but the rest of the collection is in good working order. They are all our language books, classics that we enjoy, and books of poetry. Our second shelf is full of all our study books on the occult, magick, religion, and so forth. It's so packed that I am in dire need of getting another, but that is the collection that I very rarely thin out. Though, I did recently pass on my copy of Women who Run with Wolves because it's an important book for women to read and I'd already read it. Most of those books though serve as reference tools, and we're constantly adding to them. We've a really neat store here called Half Price Books and we've come across some really great deals. My husband not too long ago picked up the complete works of A. Crowley hardcover for under ten dollars! Namaste-Anora