Yes, I realize that much of my storage problems are my own fault. I do not have to go to the bookstore or the used bookstore downtown. I could easily avoid it if I really wanted to. And I could say no to review requests from publishers, but they make it so hard. I am weak.
I have been saying no more and more but I still have all the books I stockpiled over the last 3 years or so. Some of them are ones I bought, others given to me by publishers. Here's the question: What in the heck do you do with them once you read them?
ARC (Advanced Readers Copies) are tricky since these are unfinished books. They also come with a disclaimer about how they are not to be sold. Apparently, there is a market for them on ebay, which I do not understand. They sometimes come without artwork, riddled with mistakes and I've had some fall apart as I read them. Some people are selling them for over a hundred dollars! Why in the world would you pay that kind of money when you could get the real thing for $20? Unless you're buying an ARC of Wuthering Heights, it's just not worth it. So far, I have a pile of ARCs in the closet and I'm scratching my head over them. What should be done with them?
Books that linger unread on my shelf for awhile are read, reviewed and go into one of 2 piles: Keepers and Lenders. The Keepers are ones I'd save from a burning building- right after husband, child and pets. They don't leave the house. The Lenders go off to family and friends. They might return to me within a year or so. Some wander off and disappear, with the lost socks I suspect.
The ones that come back, in various states of use, must go somewhere. It's like the song says, you don't have to go home but you can't stay here. I can't keep them all. So they get hauled to the used bookstore where I get store credit (for more books, you see the problem here). They get new homes on the island or in the hands of bored cruise ship tourists.
But for every book that leaves the house, I'm sure 2 more take it's place. Like I said, I'm weak. I have to stop going to the bookstore. Or start buying more ebooks.
Now that I have my ebook reader, I have another option for review books. Netgalley offers reviewers ebook copies of review books. They take up no space. The only problem is some of the books have a time limit and I can't always read that fast. As ebook readers become more popular, I think more publishers will offer ebooks as an option. Random House Canada has plans to do just that. Yay, for them!
So, do you have a book storage problem too? Do you have a solution?