Monday, September 26, 2011

What does your bookshelf say about you?

A friend on Facebook linked to this article over the weekend:

Snooping in the Age of E-book

Have you ever done this?  Gone over to a friend's house, and found yourself checking out their bookshelves?  I have to admit I do note how a friend organizes their books, and what kind of condition they keep them in (I am OCD about reading my books very carefully so that they always look new).  But I also like to see what a friend's interests are, what books they like... and am often disappointed by how many of my friends don't read much at all.

I hadn't considered how ebooks might affect this habit.  Of course, if you have the Nook or buy your books through Barnes & Noble, you can show your library on your My B&N page, but that requires you to want to actively share your library with your friends.  Aside from that, snooping through your friend's e-reader might be the only way to explore their library (and that won't tell you anything about how they like to organize their physical books, or how careful they are with their books when they read).

But I have to say, I think that choosing ebooks says something about somebody.  To me, it indicates that they are not afraid of technology, that they like to stay on top of technological advancements, and that they like convenience.

I also collect physical books, of course, and that hasn't changed since I started buying ebooks.  I think that probably says that I have an appreciation for physical books, especially beautiful physical books, and their history.

What does your book collection — physical and virtual — say about you?

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