I'm a big fan of libraries, I think it's the towering bookshelves filled to the brim with story upon story just waiting for me to discover them. It harks back to childhood, I found the endless universes awaiting within their pages such an adventure, and that feeling has never left me. The bookcase has always been a thing of beauty to me, and it inspired me fill my very own with volumes, and classic, novels and poems.
Of course then once the bookcase was filled I started to fill the rest of the house with my books, and so comes the dilemma of keeping hard copies. With a love of books comes the bulkiness of having them around you everywhere, gathering dust in corners, or stubbing your toes on piles of them. But of course when you need to quickly flick to something in one of them, grab your favourite to read or just plain admire the craftsmanship of them - it's nice having them around.
I've gone the digital root too, with a lot of my classics. It's great I have this large classic collection which is no bigger than just one single book, but though I like the compactness of keeping novels in digital form I really dislike reading them on a device. Between eye stain, relying on battery power lasting and not having the feeling of turning pages, I just don't care for reading books this way.
Seems as if both sides have their down falls, this is very true but they also have up sides to, and I've found the best way to keep my collection is with a smattering of both.
I now have a small bookcase filled with my literary fav's, any novel I read but don't care for get re-gifted of given away so my bookcase doesn't get over stuffed. And all the books I use for research or to refer back to e.g, classical or information books are stored on a digital device, so they can be accessed but not take up the mammoth amount of room they used to.
So no clear winner, as both have their merits, but still whenever I reach for a new book for the first time or want to re-visit an old favourite I still prefer to pick up a volume in my hands, breath in its distinct papery scent and read.
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