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LibraryThing update

1,223 books entered to date. 271 books subsequently departed for new homes (primarily a local library's "used books" sale table). No end in sight, and no real dent made in the piles on the floor. *sigh*

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looneyluna
Jul. 25th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that other people have piles of books on the floor as well. Recently I was rearranging the bedroom and between my nightstand and Brad's there were 84 book either on the table, in the drawers or under it. Books can be really hard to part with.
aswanargent
Jul. 26th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
This is one of the main reasons I havent gotten a cat to replace Chloe, who died way back in 2006 (actually, when jenni_snake was visiting me). I can just see piles of books toppling over and burying the poor thing alive....
jenni_snake
Jul. 25th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
I swear half my suitcase back from France is going to be books. Can I help it that there are so many bookshops AND used bookshops?!?
aswanargent
Jul. 26th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
So far I've been giving away books that (with a couple of exceptions) I know I won't want to read again. The exceptions are generally old mass market paperbacks that I've replaced with newer trade paperbacks. With replacements, of course, I'm not gaining anything in terms of shelf space. I suppose at some point I'll have to bite the bullet and clear out entire sets (for example, my complete Penguin Henry James novels, or my complete Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries), and either say that when I want to reread them I'll have to go to the library, or else buy them in e-book format for my Kindle.

If you're buying French-language books, it makes sense to buy them in France. Probably a better selection than you'd find in Calgary....
jenni_snake
Jul. 26th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Not to mention a hell of a lot cheaper! But ay, there's the rub...
aswanargent
Jul. 27th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Have actually just been out wandering through the Kindle store. I can't figure out what rules they use for deciding what to publish as an e-book, and when. For instance, I was looking at Proust. Vol. I and Vol. III of the 3-volume Moncrieff/Kilmartin edition are available as Kindle books, but no sign of Vol. II. Crazy....
jenni_snake
Jul. 28th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
Sounds rather ridiculous! Laura has a kobo, has a few things on it, but it's somehow different having a book on your shelf (even if the shelves are buckling!). We've been trying to clear out some books in anticipation of the condo... I think my trip here has set things back considerably!
aswanargent
Jul. 30th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Decisions, decisions. Do I donate the well-worn mass market paperback copy of Rosemary's Baby which cost $0.75 when I bought it 35+ years ago and replace it with the e-book version which costs $7.95....

I bought my Kindle last year, but so far only have two books on it.

jenni_snake
Jul. 31st, 2012 08:41 am (UTC)
Or do you see if its copyright is expired and if someone has uploaded it to www.gutenberg.org?

Writing from the Geneva airport. Keep an eye on the post (we'll see if the Swiss really are more efficient than the French!)...
aswanargent
Jul. 31st, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
No, hadn't thought about trying that. But I just looked up the rule about copyright expiration -- it's 70 years after the death of the author. That's going to limit what's out there.

Hope you'll do a post about your month in Besançon when you get back home and settled again. How long until you have to start preparing for the new school year?

And thanks for the heads up about the post! Will let you know when the whatever it is arrives. :-)
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