Spotted this site via hn a while back, and love that there's a
community for this. I'm currently trying to get rid of things, but
have been stuck at getting rid of books.
Anyone else in a similar conundrum?
Books are one of those things that are very valuable to me, because
I've always found them the best resource for me to grow. While I've
started to buy mostly ebooks instead now, there are plenty of books
that I have that simply aren't and likely never will be in electronic
edition - and I've grown to hate carrying my books every time I move.
So far it seems the best thing to do is to:
a) get rid of the books, that's what libraries are for! - while I like
this option may work for some folks, there's many books that don't
quite fit this mold. Even if I donated my books to the library,
there's no guarantee they'd even keep them.
b) do the diy book scanner thing - it requires me to, well, buy stuff.
but I could hopefully sell the book scanner setup later.
c) Not sure what else. Is there an easier solution I'm missing?
Paul Graham says the following in his stuff essay (http://
"I've now stopped accumulating stuff. Except books—but books are
different. Books are more like a fluid than individual objects. It's
not especially inconvenient to own several thousand books, whereas if
you owned several thousand random possessions you'd be a local
celebrity. But except for books, I now actively avoid stuff"
I agree with PG on the value of books, but as a technomad (or just a
young punk wanting to move every year) I feel their physical presence
is fairly inconvenient. This is why I figure so many college kids sell