The Other Half and I have a huge collection of E-books now.
Over 14 thousand books at last count, many of which I (or we) have never yet read.
November was already crazy busy, what with
– trying to leave comments on 1,427 blogs – which is 47.5 comments each day if I want to finish this commenting challenge
– walking 5km every day on my borrowed treadmill
– chicken chores, house chores, cooking, general life duties
Somehow we have decided that now would be a good time to sort through these books! We’re using a free program called Calibre which allows us to grab metadata from the web for each book to make sure the info is correct, plus you can choose from different covers if the book had several different covers over the years.
Deleting A Book.
How do I make a decision to delete a book I have never once read? This is a tricky one, but the answer is actually quite simple on some occasions and within 5 seconds of loading the book, I say delete – if the other half has not already hit the key. Here are my rules for deleting a book.
– If the cover involves a bare male chest, delete.
– If the cover has a half naked lady, delete.
– If the cover has both a bare male chest and a half naked lady, delete.
My sister reads a lot of erotic fiction and somehow we’ve ended up with all of it in our collection.
So if a book survives the cover inspection?
Is it a book I have heard of? If no, then –
Is it an author I have heard of? If no, then –
A quick read of the book summary can usually tell me everything I need to know if I will like this book. Hey, I’ve known me for 39 years now, so I know what I like.
I like mysteries. I like books with medical examiners, detectives, police officers, investigators of some kind as the central character. I like airplane stories, zombie stories, stories of surviving an apocalypse of some kind, I love everything from Jane Austen to Stephen King via Jodi Picoult plus Tom Clancy. I *love* an autobiography. Overall my tastes are wide and varied and I’ll give most things a try.
Right now I am reading The Skin Collector by Jeffrey Deaver which is another Lincoln Rhyme book – you may remember The Bone Collector which was a movie with Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie – there is a series of 12 books with those characters.
Yesterday, I was reading Hard Choices by Hilary Clinton. Last week I revisited Lizzy and co in Pride and Prejudice. Before that I checked in on Tom Ripley. Did you know there were 4 more Ripley books after The Talented Mr Ripley?
A few years ago I did go through and put in all my actual books into Library Thing. You can see them here. However I have probably added 50 or more new physical books, plus some books that I got in e-book version I took to the second hand bookstore and traded for new books.
Over To You –
How many e-books do you have?
How many real books?
Have you switched to an e-book reader and if yes, do you prefer it?