Discussion: Is social media even affecting our relationship to books?

May 1, 2015 § 6 Comments

I think everything I say in this video also applies to Bookstagram and bookish accounts on Tumblr (Booklr?  Is that a thing?)  and probably also Facebook and much of the book blogging community.  Do you see the problems I mentioned?  What is your approach to book buying vs. borrowing?  Do you prefer to buy only new books? 


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§ 6 Responses to Discussion: Is social media even affecting our relationship to books?

  • Rebekah says:

    Good thoughts, Rachael! I know as a reader of mainly paperback, when I lend books, I don’t mind if they come back slightly creased. I know I’d crease them anyways! 🙂 To me, it’s just a sign that whoever read it REALLY read it, rather than merely borrowing it to say they did. Usually it means they enjoyed it, too :).

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  • Lauren R says:

    I’m definitely guilty of this. I love beautiful bookshelves with complete series, matching sets from the same publisher (the majority of my books are classics so it’s easy to find matching sets), coordinating colors (deep reds, forest greens, mustard yellows,etc), and so on. Since every single one of the books on my shelf was a gift, bought cheaply at a thrift store, or purchased with a gift card, I don’t feel very guilty about the collection itself. (disclaimer: I also have a lot of old, down to earth, homely paperbacks and my favorites are my oldest books which have ripped covers and yellow, spotted pages) However, I when people (okay, Molly) ask to borrow them, I generally look to see if I have an older copy for her to tote around and when I worked at the library, I’d even bring their copy home for her to use. Awful, I know. It’s a terrible confession. I often think that if I still have these books in the future my nieces/nephews/children/grandchildren/greatgrand… okay, you get the point, will read and enjoy them but obviously I need to learn to share first, ha. (I’ve been better recently. I think. Ask Molly) Also, I find that I prefer to actually read the worn, broken-in paperbacks to the beautiful hardcovers because they’re lighter and more comfortable to hold. Ah, the irony.

    [Are comments allowed to be this long? This is what happens when you’re home from work and feeling better and doing very little. Sorry! But your blog is very entertaining (and convicting, haha) to this sick person. So thank you!]

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    • I’m so glad you’re feeling a little better! It’s much too beautiful a day to be so sick.

      You do have really beautiful bookshelves! But I know it’s not because you’re a book-buying addict (didn’t you spend part of the B&N card I gave you on your sister? 😉 )

      I prefer to hold the worn paperbacks, too! The nice hardbacks are not only heavier but I find myself constantly worrying that I’ll damage them. (So silly; it’s a book, not a child!)

      And I love long comments – every comment is like a little present, so (generally speaking) the longer, the better! 🙂 So thank you for the comment/confession! Feel better!


  • AKeyne says:

    Just wanted to know if you have read “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. Just started it and curious – or wondering, haha – if you have read it.


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