What To Do With Books I Own In Multiple Formats?

I have been moving to ebooks.  I have made this move not necessarily out of a greater love for the electronic format, but out of the convenience of being able to have access to so much information (my entire library) all the time.  It is nice not having to lug around books any longer.

However, now I have a small question.  What do I do with books I own hard copies and electronic copies of?  I am a little worried about getting rid of hard copies when there is no guarantee that my electronic version will continue to work 10 or 20 years from now.  After all, who knows if the software I use will still be around then?

So, what do you think?  Answer in the poll below.

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3 Responses to What To Do With Books I Own In Multiple Formats?

  1. bibliopirate says:

    I think it is always worth it to keep the hardcover around, even if you have the e-book. I often buy physical copies of books I first read on an e-reader. I like having the real book, and prefer reading off of a page. Plus you never have to worry about if your physical book has been charged or not.

  2. I look at it this way, if it is a book that you really like (or dare I say it love?) then by all means keep it. However, if it’s a book that is kind of average or something you could easily part with then I would get rid of it. You could get most books from the library if your electronic device defects later, right?

  3. Tim Farley says:

    I definitely prefer a real book, especially for extended reading. However, most of the books I buy now are ebooks. It is just much more convenient for me. I am thinking about getting rid of the hard copies of the ones that are not favorites and that I am not turning to frequently (many of my books are reference works that I use in Bible study). But I do have a little fear that 10 or 20 years from now my ebooks will be unusable. Anyone else share this fear?

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