How awesome would it be if I possessed the knowledge contained within all of my books, simply because I own them?
Not so very long ago, in graduate school, I subscribed to that as a study habit. Whenever a professor or a something I read referenced a book, or a syllabus recommended a text, I hopped onto Amazon and had it in my hot little hands two days later.
Back off judging me for using Amazon, the shipping is free and the prices beat the hell out of the racket at the school bookstore, which mostly never had what I needed anyway. I’m not afraid to admit that buying a book from Amazon, barely reading it then returning it is far more economical than doing the same thing at the book store, which might pay $2.75 for a book I spent $75 as, as opposed to my full purchase price.
With my degree complete, I like my reading to be a little more pleasurable and a little less the-world-is-doomed-by-our-insatiable-consumer-appetite. Also, I have some pretty severe sinus issues, so I don’t need all of these books collecting and sharing dust with me. And let’s face it; I am not going to read them.
Yeah, I’ll hang on to a few, mostly because they have too much of my own writing inside to make them sellable. After fees and shipping, I’ve probably made about $220, but I have just unloaded over 50 books between an Amazon seller/trade in account, Goodwill, and my alma mater departmental library.
I feel a little lighter, a little richer and oddly, a little smarter.