Go Digital? Nope
The simple answer is to get rid of physical books and get an ebook reader. That’s what I thought when I debated what to do with books. I pared down to only the books I was definitely going to read, or reread, and got rid of everything else. I was brutal in this process and only kept 8 books. All old school text books got donated or recycled. Some books I gave to friends. Others I sold to second hand bookstores and whatever they wouldn’t buy I donated to thrift stores.
With 8 books to my name I decided to start reading. After I finish reading a book I give it away for free to someone who was interested in reading it. The idea is that I want books to have a life, instead of collecting dust in my house. Another idea was that when I get down to zero physical books I’d get an ebook reader.
Give Books, Get Books
However, something surprising happened. As I finished reading books people loved my idea, of giving away books, so much that they gave me free books. They knew not only would I read it, but another person would read it after me. So giving me a book is like giving it to two people. On top of that a few people have insisted I borrow some of their favorite books. That has added even more books to read for free.
A girl I knew went to a music festival that was giving away soon to be published books, as a way to build hype before release. Since she heard and liked my book policy she intentionally got me all of the books available; That’s how powerful giving away free books is.
This method has been going on for over 5 years now. I still haven’t gotten down to zero books. I’ve read over 60 physical books (about a book a month) and haven’t spent a dime on them. I’ve been offered so many books that I’m able to be picky and only take the books I really want to read. I currently have have a single shelf of books, 33 to be exact, though a few of them just haven’t found a new home yet.
I’ve grown to love the physical books and I don’t think I’ll ever get an ebook reader. There’s something to be said about reading a good story and sharing that story with others. The best thing about this method is I always have good books to read and minimal space needed for books.
Honorable Mention: Libraries. You can read to your heart’s content for free with a library card. I don’t seem to go to libraries, but I have enough books given to me that I don’t need to. Libraries use their space for books, so you can just enjoy reading them.