By the Book–Organizing for Book Lovers

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 09 May, 2016
Books
We all know people who love books….not just reading them….but love the physical presence of books in their lives. Nothing pleases book keepers more than seeing a wall full of hard bound pages. Like keeping a souvenir from a favorite trip, collecting is personal. The book is a reminder of a favorite character, place, or story. It’s also a […] 
We all know people who love books….not just reading them….but love the physical presence of books in their lives. Nothing pleases book keepers more than seeing a wall full of hard bound pages.
Like keeping a souvenir from a favorite trip, collecting is personal. The book is a reminder of a favorite character, place, or story. It’s also a sign of accomplishment–the reward for time spent invested in reading. And for many, a book is a tribute to the noble pursuit of literary accomplishment–a symbol of reverence for the written word. For these collectors, the idea of a digital book collection is not satisfactory. And the thought of throwing out or even donating a book is unsettling.
The down side of book keeping is the large amount of physical space required to have them. I might also add, after working with many clients who love books, many end up in boxes that become heavy and unwieldy and difficult to store and to move. The truth is, paper just doesn’t store well over time.
So even for the most avid reader, a book keeping strategy is important. I like to help by separating books into 3 categories: Books Completed, Not yet read/Read Again, Collection-Worthy.
The Not Yet ReadCategory is the one to keep handy in your favorite reading area.
The Keepers/Collectorsare the ones for the long-term library.
BUT the general Books Completed are the ones that should be considered for release. Donating and Reselling are great options. But consider also the fun aspect of sharing your books with others. Perhaps start a “library” at work or senior center or at your favorite vacation getaway to share with other vacationers.
Moving forward, I believe that book lovers should also have an eBook strategy. Buying only the hard copies that are collection-worthy and buying the digital version for all other reads. Not feeling good about eBooks? Well you might be interested in the benefits of going digital: immediate access, digital bookmarks, highlights, and margin notes, and a much lighter carbon footprint. BUT it gets even better: there are a host of apps for making your digital reading experience a social one. You can rate books and leave reviews, comment amongst fellow readers and authors, and gain invaluable insights to other publications. Here are just a few fun ways to enjoy digital reading:
Goodreads for Android. Goodreads is considered the world’s largest social network for avid readers and book lovers. You can interact with other book lovers around the world, read book reviews, and post your own book reviews and ratings. The app also comes with a barcode scanner to learn more about the book. You can also use this functionality to quickly add books to your own library.
It turns out that reading is also about listening. Audible is the world’s largest provider of digital audio books. Apart from the endless audio books, the app also offers bookmarking features and social media integration.
Wattpad is the world’s largest community of readers and writers where you can read thousands of books written by some of the best budding writers around the world. Wattpad lets you browse over 3 million books in its library, with stories ranging from romance to science fiction. You can also share the books that you’ve read via your social networking account or upload the content written by you.
Happy reading!

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