A lot of people have been talking about how they like to read lately–eBook or paper? Piles of books scattered everywhere, or organized shelves?
Personally, I do love eBooks! My Nook had me sold from day one. That being said, there are still books that I absolutely must have in a hard copy:
- Reference books, such as writing books
When I was in school, I tried getting eBooks. Thank goodness for the trial period, because I ended up with the hard copy every time. Same with writing books. I am addicted to my highlighter, and I find it easier to do by hand than on my eReader. I also tend to write a lot of notes in the margins and mark things with Post-it flags. I know most eReaders allow you to do this, too, but this is one time where I feel the technology does not make life easier.
- Books I absolutely love
I usually buy new fiction for my Nook. I like having my entire to be read list with me wherever I am. That being said, if I read a book and know it is something that I am going to read over and over, I need it in both format. This goes both ways–if I read a hard copy book and fall in love, I will grab the eBook, too. Needless to say, I have quite a few books in both formats. :-)
- Classics–books I want to be able to pass on to my children
I have a lot of classics on my shelves. I started my collection years ago, and always said I would one day pass them on to my children. At this point, I have too many to start over, and I am too compulsive to have them in two different formats. This leads me to…
- Books in series
I need to have all of the books in a series in the same format. My grandmother will often buy books, read them, and then pass them on to me. If she gives me book one of a trilogy, I will buy 2 and 3 in hard copy, too.
Having similar book in the same format is not the only way I am compulsive with my books. I have certain ways I organize them, depending on what type of books they are. I have three different sets of bookshelves in my house–fiction, non-fiction, and TBR (to be read). Fiction books are arranged alphabetically by author, and are on shelves in our sunroom. Non-fiction are arranged by topic, and are on the built-in shelves in the office. My TBR books are in the living room, organized by genre, then alphabetically by author.
My Nook is the same way. I have created two shelves for each genre–those on the TBR list and those I have read. When I finish a book, I immediately move it from the TRB list to the Read list. Then, when I want to read something new, I just have to go to the shelf for the genre I am in the mood for, and I can see all the books I have already purchased but not yet read. (I warned you I was compulsive!) :-)
Earlier today, I came across this video that was inspired by a couple that was organizing their bookshelves. I have to say, it looks like they are having a whole lot more fun than I am while organizing their shelves! :-)
So, where do you fall? Are you a fan of eBooks or paper–or a bit of each? Do you keep your books organized, or do you prefer having them lying around wherever you are? Did that video make you want to organize your books by color, too? ;-)