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When was the last time you bought a physical book/played for a book?

I can't even remember since I got my kindle, I only torrent all books. Its easier and better than real books. more eco friendly and less bulkier.

I honestly don't get why people still buy physical books.
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>>7605339
I bought a house with a library (flyover country) and have been filling it up slowly. Last book was Carpentiers Kingdom of this World which had an excellent condition mark, and which was filled with notes. I bought from alibris.
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>I honestly don't get why people still buy physical books
Mostly because the machine I read ebooks with also has an endless internet porn. Moreover, there's a sense of space associated with progressing through a set of physical pages that isn't nearly as satisfying when done with an ebook.
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Books are also beautiful objects. I also love how they smell. Moreover i read a lot of old books wich are difficult no find online.

Excuse my poor english
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>>7605357
>live in a flyover state
>have an entire room devoted to my office and library
>slowly filling up the shelves my carpenter brother in law made me as a wedding present.
>have a few books arriving today via amazon prime today to add to my collection.

Cityfags will never know this comfy feel.
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It feels exciting to see how many pages you've read so far, to be honest.

Plus, you can display them in a shelf and make everyone notice the literally asshole you are.
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I'm not going to pretend I don't enjoy the feeling that someone may see and care about what I'm reading but I also genuinely can not concentrate on ebooks. I have a tough enough time concentrating as it is, I'm hopeless for some reason when it comes to reading from a screen

I honestly would use ebooks if I could but I'm unfortunately unable to, and I save enough money on the ungodly amount of music I pirate that I feel alright about paying for books
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I prefer 'real books', I find it's a better experience. I am also not poor, so I can enjoy my life.
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About 2 hours ago when I pressed Buy with 1 Click about 4 times on Amazon.
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>>7605432
Same.
I have an ebook and I don't use it. I love physical books.
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>>7605399
Did you invest in a proper chair?
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>>7605399
>live in the central area of a major metropolis
>have an entire room devoted to my library
>have another one
>already filled up the shelves i had imported from spain with one day's interest payments
>have a few hundred books arriving next week via auction houses and private collections to add to my library

poorfags will never know this comfy feel
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>>7605339

I buy used books, so I never spend more than $6 for one. I haven't bought any in a while; last major haul was last year when I bought 20 from a library sale. Paid like $7 for all of em, some of them very nice hard covers.
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>>7605456
Library fetish thread?
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>>7605456
>>already filled up the shelves i had imported from spain with one day's interest payments

Wait what

Unless you're in mainland Europe I don't understand why you'd import shelves from Spain. I don't think they even have any distinct hardwood trees and they're not really known for their woodworking.
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About a week and a half ago I bought pic related at a local secondhand store. In general I'll just download what I want to read online but I do prefer having a physical book to read.
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>>7605475
Not him but it would obviously be for Andalusian wood working and design.
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>>7605339
Just now for Kafka's collected works. I was able to justify it because
>cheap
>hardcover
>I'll probably read it a second time
>looks good in the bookcase
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>>7605456
KNOWLEDGE
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>>7605339
Physical books sound better, they have a warmth when you play them.
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>>7605478
Good taste my friend. Enjoy the Gogol
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>>7605640
lmao
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>>7605339
I have a lot of disposable income, so I always buy my books from a local used book store. It makes me feel good to support the business; it's the only one like it in my area, which is fairly large.
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>>7605475
not sure my interior decorator recommended it. i honestly don't know much about it.
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Last week.
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>>7605669
That said, I actually just purchased my books for this semester from Amazon. They're getting here Friday. I would have gone and searched the book store but I wanted to take advantage of my Prime membership, acquired through my University.
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>>7605674

You sound like a man of fine taste :^)
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>>7605339
>ebook
>eco friendly

faggot an idiot.
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>>7605678
>Prime
>only getting 'em on Friday

wew
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>>7605771

Cool post.
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>>7605456
>Live in a shitty apartment.
>A futon and shelves are my only furniture.
>Books are more important than food.

Rich-fags will never know this comfy feel.
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I mainly buy poetry collections to read on public transport and give to friends when I am finished. A sweet 2nd hand bookstore opened up pretty close to where I live. Bought slaughterhouse 5 in november for a dollar. It had a hideous cover and has since been lost. Bless Billy Pilgrim and his children's crusade. I do most of my reading on eBook as I move around a bit. Keen to get my box o' books out of storage soon. I have a really nice copy of Ulysses that I hope still smells fresh and hasn't yellowed. Worst books I have bought are those orange $10 penguin classics. They are remarkably dull additions to any shelf.
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>>7605339
Unamuno's book Del sentimiento trĂ¡gico de la vida (the original; yes I'm Spanish).
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A few days ago. I can read at work, but since I'm surrounded by other people's sensitive information, I can't bring any electronics.
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>>7605640
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boxing day, got The enemy by charlie higson
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>>7605790
>live outside library
civilized people will never know this not so comfy feel
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The Hobbit 3 days ago
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I spent $11 on a used copy of short stories incl. shipping from Amazon about 30 minutes ago. I recently decided to stop downloading free ebooks, for ethical reasons. It's a good incentive to read what I have.

I also make frequent use of my local library's Interlibrary Loan system to avoid paying for expensive academic books - it's a great resource.
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Just received this purchase from Amazon. I buy books all the time. Weirdos
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>>7607932
Goddamnit you got me excited for a second, I thought there was finally a reprinting of Women and Men out. You bastard.
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>>7605467
>2 ikea bookshelves only 2/3s full
>library
>mfw
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>>7607938
yeah published in 93. It was a library book in North Carolina, based on the call number, and the checkout list is totally empty with a "discarded" stamp on it.
I have no idea why it hasn't been republished
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>>7607942
Those are custom hardwood and they are 100% full.
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>>7605339
haha, hahahahhaahh, ha ha, ah ha.
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>>7608080
>100% full

K
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>>7608080
>books leaning at angle
>100% full

uh-huh.

also, nice collection of textbooks and encyclopedias. and's it's super-cool to have a framed picture sitting on the shelf blocking some books. that really reinfoces your how much attention you pay to what's on those shelves.
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>>7608115
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>>7608130
>shows clearly not 100% full shelves
good job.
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>>7608130
>harry potter, stephen king, game of thrones

burn it down and try again
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>>7608206
This.
DO EET
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>>7608130
why is there glass in front of your fire? doesn't that get in the way of burning the genre fiction?
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>>7608234
lmao
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>>7605467
>february
>>7608130
>september 2014

why do you have multiple old pics of this shitty "library"?
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>>7608240
Envy spotted.
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>>7608234
well done
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>>7608245
>not having matching bookshelves

K
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>>7608245
envy of what? a gas fireplace? shitty seasonal decorations? a "library" collection that looks like it was lifted from a thrift store? nah, i'm cool.
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>>7605467

Wow a living room.
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>>7605339
Im surprised that in a forum full of aspiring writers nobody has said that they buy books to support authors.
I buy the Booker short list every year and books off the long list of authors that I have previously read and enjoyed.
Apart from that I buy from and sell to the local second hand bookstore. They are more expensive than you would otherwise find online, but its much nicer to look around a shop filled with books than it is to browse Amazon etc...
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got this in the mail earlier today. quite pleased.
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>>7605467
>>7608130
dude, you are so gay
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>>7605339
>more eco friendly
your kindle was made in a fucking sweatshop and the power to run it likely comes from fossil fuels

meanwhile I buy all my books second hand from charity shops
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>>7605357
>>7605399
Not american, what does living in a flyover state have to do with you owning a library? Is land really that cheap over there?
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>>7605467
>"LOVE"
What is wrong with you?
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>>7608507
Yeah, houses and land are much cheaper in flyover states, outside of large cities.
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>>7608519
I've always thought about moving to America, usually only considered coastal places (other than California) but maybe I'll look into it.
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There are much less ebooks than there are real books. If you want a certain translation for example you would probably have to buy the physical copy.
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>>7608334
>Im surprised that in a forum full of aspiring writers nobody has said that they buy books to support authors.
Well, they're dead.
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>>7608193
Are you fucking retarded?

Can you only buy a bookshelf if you have enough books to fill it at 100% capacity?

Bookshelves look like shit when they're all jammed in, not to mention possibly damaging the books.

Who fucking gives a shit if they're not full.
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>>7608451
What's that?
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>>7607932
I know I'm super late, but who'd you buy it from? I mean, what seller?
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>>7609088
It's in really good condition as well. There's no way anyone has read this copy unless they ironed it afterwards or something
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>>7608334
>aspiring writers

speak for yourself faggot i have no such aspirations and look down at 99.99% of people who do
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>>7609134
edgy
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>>7609127
Weird, I don't remember them being an option when I bought mine. I pulled the trigger a few days ago (after having it in my cart for a month) after reading Plus and Cannonball and realizing I needed 1k more pages of McElroy in my life.
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>>7609163
What's Cannonball like? I really want to read that one soon
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>>7609314
Have you ever trailed off in thought, then felt yourself falling back into reality, as you seem to regain consciousness from some far-off field; and suddenly you see yourself in the middle of a boschian landscape rendered in pointillist chaos, where every point in space and time is a mass of intersecting lines to form a whole?

Whenever I've tried to explain to people how I feel when this happens to me, they look at me with confusion, with that closed-off look in their eyes. Cannonball is where McElroy's art has opened up to me, where every sentence seem to be a continuation of my thought. I hate to be so abstract or romantic, but that is truly how I feel.
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>>7605339
22 October.

I only buy when Book Depository sends me discount codes.
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>>7607932
>>7609127
>>7609163
Huh, speak of the devil.
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