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(A) I love electronic books. Partly because they are extremely convenient, but mostly because, given my budget, geographical location, and reading interests, there's no way I could sustain my habit without the help of the scannier side of the net.

(B) I love having books around it's both aesthetically pleasing and emotionally comforting, both as a set and through the separate associations and memories of each one.

So you see the problem. My (growing) set of (electronic) books is out of sight, while my set of (physical) books is visible but mostly stalled. There are close to fifteen years of reading that are, to one degree or another, in my head and, as of late, on the book notes I post here, but not where I live, and I wish they were.

I don't really have a solution to this, but sounds like a good Datasthesia project (a vague idea would be some sort of cube, tablet,or projection that works as a dynamic, fractal index to my digital library).

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browngirl
Nov. 13th, 2015 07:00 am (UTC)
I hea you, she said sleepily but with interest.
__marcelo
Nov. 13th, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
It's something that's been bugging me for a while. Not any time soon, probably, but I'll try figure something out at some point. (With enough money I'd probably just order a hardcopy of every book I read, thus also assuaging lingering ethical concerns about piracy... but that's not likely to be an option in any mediate horizon.)
oflittlefaith
Nov. 13th, 2015 07:03 am (UTC)

I love ebooks of all types. I'm happy reading on a screen. On the other hand, as I sit here with two walls full of doublestacked bookshelves at my back, I ask "could i give up hardcopy?" No. Not until i can flip through a pdf as quickly as i can a paperback. Not until i can easily hold open 4 different pages of an rpg manual in ebook form an refer back and forth to them.


Lovely additional option, though.

__marcelo
Nov. 13th, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
Ideally, I'd love to have one copy in each medium. I'm still waiting for my future self to travel back in time with stock market predictions and the blueprints of a time machine, but apparently he's also too lazy to do that; he's probably just waiting for his future self to do that.

Shouldn't have believed those trust yourself motivational quotes.
oflittlefaith
Nov. 13th, 2015 06:43 pm (UTC)

I believe that the Time Patrol will be set up by the first person to time travel, conquer the stock market,  &c. Protecting the sanctity of the time stream will be equivalent to maintainting their grip on power.


Ah, capitalism.

__marcelo
Nov. 13th, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
Very true.

Protecting the sanctity of XXX will be equivalent to maintainting their grip on power.

E.g., capitalism.
alejandradd
Nov. 23rd, 2015 02:45 pm (UTC)
Are you on goodreads? I find it very useful for the gloating purposes of "THERE IS THIS BOOK THAT I HAVE, AND I HAVE READ IT. SEE? SEE?!"

I don't buy any books. Ever.

Here's my profile if you need some friends over there
__marcelo
Nov. 23rd, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
:D Definitely useful! But my point is more about gloating to myself; I've got the mini-reviews I post here, which I use as an index of my physical library, but I'd like something more physical so I can, I don't know, look at it and sigh contently.
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