Follow Me Friday
Written By: Word Nerd
When you’ve read a book, what do you do with it? (Keep it, give it away, donate it, sell it, swap it..?) To be honest, once they are read, they usually get stacked near my bed. Eventually most get passed on to friends or boxed up for donation. I used to sell regularly at Half-Price Books, but I am often discouraged with the prices they offer. I would rather give my books to a good cause than be insulted by HPB’s offer. (Yes, I understand they are in the business to make money. As a long time customer, I also know that their buy offers have decreased over the past 3-4 years, while their retail prices have gone up.) There are a few books that I hold onto forever. The criteria for keeping a book isn’t really set in stone…I may keep it because it is associated with a memory (a gift), or it is a book that I may want to read again (AJ Jacobs’ books), or maybe I just like the way it feels in my hands, the smell of the pages or some other ethereal criteria. The popularity of e-readers has me a bit worried about the future of printed books. I love to be talking to a friend and say, “Oh, you should read (fill in the blank), I’ll bring it to you!”, then dig it out of my collection for them. Even better is going to a book sale, or garage sale, and digging through stacks and stacks of careworn books, looking for that gem that will earn a permanent place in my collection. Do you think that e-readers inhibit the sharing and passing along of books?