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Do you need to have pbooks in your home?
#61  pwalker8 10-03-2019, 05:17 AM
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For trash collection tomorrow, I estimate 200 pounds (4 large construction plastic bags) of paper books mostly school and work technical stuff with a few odds and ends tossed in.

More to go and really haven't come upstairs yet, though I got some Shaum's outline series books/manuals that were being used to support a deck on my main computer desk which had a giant Trinitron CRT monitor on it until this past year. Now it has a very light LCD monitor on it.
Some garbage collection companies have a weight limit on what they will pick up. I threw out my old computer books a while back and ended up having to spread it out over several weeks.
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#62  frahse 10-03-2019, 11:12 PM
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Some garbage collection companies have a weight limit on what they will pick up. I threw out my old computer books a while back and ended up having to spread it out over several weeks.
After pickup today, I checked outside to see if the giant can was still intact because it has started splitting some near the bottom.

Yes thank goodness it was.
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#63  gridlewak 10-12-2019, 08:04 AM
Yes, we need books in our home. My partner and I both very much prefer the real thing to the 'e' versions. We both admit to being not just collectors, but hoarders as well. We tend to justify it to ourselves because we have read or are in the process of reading all the books we have because we 'love' reading. E books for us, are for books that are not available to us either because of unavailability and or price, or for some reference materials we want handy. Plus, they do come in handy as some others here have mentioned. Long waiting times in various places, etc.

In our previous home, we had one room we made into our library as best as we could. It wasn't big, but it had space for a small sofa where we could each sit and read.

We are now in a new (to us anyway) home. We bought an old school house built in 1902. It had 3 classrooms, one being a new addition in the early 1950s, with the last class being held in 1960. This is the main living area. The other 2 rooms are the original classrooms. Both of them are 30 feet square with 12 foot high ceilings. One is used as a combination workshop/storage area. The other is a studio/ living area. It was bare studs when we moved in. It's now insulated and heated and we are getting ready to put the drywall up.

The wall that separates the 2 big classrooms is solid with only one door, no windows. Once we figure out just how much space will be needed, that wall is going to have shelving to house our entire collection with extra room for future book additions. Since we have the space, we're gonna take full advantage of it.

As for when our time comes and we're no longer around, my oldest daughter knows our wishes as to how/where we would like the books to go. She also has been given the option that, if it becomes more of a hassle to follow our wishes once she attempts it, she may dispose of them whichever way she wants. In the meantime, we will both be enjoying our library of the real things.
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#64  Tarana 10-12-2019, 12:44 PM
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Have you thought about buying one of those little external phone batteries for you mom? That sounds like an easier solution...
She won't keep it in her purse. Someone here privately commented to me, so now my 'ER kit' contains an extra long cord with wall plug that charges ereaders, Itouches and Fires using a single cord. That was neat - didn't know about that. Note: ER kit is a small zippered tote bag and now contains the cord and wall plug, but also ereader, Fire 7, lightweight headphones, snacks and cash. Just have to add wallet and current drug list and good to go. EVERYTHING is labeled with name and phone number. When it's bro, I do try to remember to grab his two external batteries in case he stays.
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#65  Tarana 10-12-2019, 12:49 PM
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Some garbage collection companies have a weight limit on what they will pick up. I threw out my old computer books a while back and ended up having to spread it out over several weeks.
Yes, our garbage company has a 90 lb limit because the can will slide off the can grabber. My city recycles hard cover separately because the covers have to be torn off before entering the paper recycling ramps. Got rid of 90% of the computer books this past summer - my brother wanted to keep books for computers/programs he doesn't even have any longer!
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#66  frahse 10-13-2019, 07:14 PM
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Yes, our garbage company has a 90 lb limit because the can will slide off the can grabber. My city recycles hard cover separately because the covers have to be torn off before entering the paper recycling ramps. Got rid of 90% of the computer books this past summer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- my brother wanted to keep books for computers/programs he doesn't even have any longer!
Yes, yes of course!

I haven't yet gone through all the old external hard drives. Firewire, USB, USB2 and I am definitely going to keep my newer USB3 drives.

Then there are the R/W CDs, R/W DVDs with programs, and the 3 1/2 inch Floppys and even the 5 1/4 inch floppys and the old paper tapes. I only have a few decks of punch cards from school left, but hey one day when the Aliens come, that might save us all.
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#67  Tarana 10-13-2019, 10:24 PM
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Yes, yes of course!

I haven't yet gone through all the old external hard drives. Firewire, USB, USB2 and I am definitely going to keep my newer USB3 drives.

Then there are the R/W CDs, R/W DVDs with programs, and the 3 1/2 inch Floppys and even the 5 1/4 inch floppys and the old paper tapes. I only have a few decks of punch cards from school left, but hey one day when the Aliens come, that might save us all.
We still have punch cards. Unless Mom finds more in the attic, we are down to the last box. Used them for quick notes. I still come across a floppy now and then. These are all my Dad's and brother's.
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#68  MarjaE 10-15-2019, 12:19 PM
Of course. Only some are available as ebooks, and given the limited storage, small screen, and slowness of my Kindle Dx, it's helpful to have hard copies of important ones even if they are available as ebooks.
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#69  Timboli 10-25-2019, 12:12 PM
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I would miss not having books around me. More than anything, it's that I enjoy having books recalled to me by seeing their spines (this doesn't justify the doubleshelving I've done), which is an emotion entirely lost to me with ebooks. Calibre doesn't provide the same hit in the feels.
I totally agree and relate to that.

However, I still have such a huge backlog of physical books, that even though I prefer reading ebook versions, I am stuck at reading what I have already paid for. Most of the time, it is not a real issue ... only when the print is bad (faint or too small or both) or the book is not in a great condition, usually due to age and sunlight, does it irk me. And it's not just backlog either, as sometimes I like to reread books.

If I was fabulously wealthy, I guess I could donate many of my books and buy ebook versions. But like both you and Sydney's Mum (the thread starter) say, books look great in bookcases. Being a collector, I am doubly hooked, and so a place doesn't feel lived in to me, unless books are around.

For me, there has always been some kind of magic in a book ... a whole new world in many cases or the life of another, often mysterious and intriguing.

They could seem such small innocuous things, but to me they aren't.

I guess so long as they are visually there, I don't necessarily have to read them, especially if a better digital more practical way is available. Still, to pick one up now and then and feel/smell them or just look at the cover or spines, that is a special pleasure.

In a way, a bookcase can be like a piece of art ... you look at it visually and it gives various things back.

So yes, well worth decorating a place with books, even if you don't read them ... at least in my view.
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#70  WillAdams 10-26-2019, 09:54 AM
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Lots of books I want/need to read don't exist in digital versions, and even if they did, simply aren't as easily flipped through or read as on paper --- as nice as ebook readers are, they still don't have the bandwidth of a commercially printed book opened to a page spread with illustrations (esp. if in colour).

That said, yeah, mostly I read on my Kindle these days.
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