Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is: Books as collectibles:
• Hardcover? Or paperback?
• Illustrations? Or just text?
• First editions? Or you don’t care?
• Signed by the author? Or not?
I don’t collect books, I never have. When I buy books, I buy them to read. Sure, they look nice sitting on the shelf — they may even add to my happiness by sitting on the shelf if I liked them enough to consider rereading them — but I view books as a vehicle for story much more than I view them as collectible objects.
I rarely own a full series; over time, it’s actually been much more likely that I would own the end of a series. I’d start reading the series from the library or elsewhere, but then they didn’t have the rest of the books in said series. Even when I do own an entire series, they’re often not matching editions.
Having good copies of old books is fun. Having books signed by the author is fun. But I live in a small town — there aren’t many author signings available to me. And while these things may be fun, they aren’t why I buy books. Even some of my favorite books of all time I don’t own; this I think about changing.