And yeah, makes sure if you're keeping books and you think you'll be all smart and box them up tight for safe keeping until a later time in your life --- IT WILL --- (usually) just ruin the books. You will be greeted with a dusty/moldy mess when you un-box them in a few years.
Perhaps its just the South (or Texas), but humidity+books+storage = no good outcome.
I'm sure there's a way to store them safely and with no damage, but I haven't experienced it. :-/
Storage long term is a lot of commitment to do it right.
I've spent my whole life surrounded by books, but I've come to realize that nothing beats an E-reader.
I kept my favorites at first, but I eventually lost interest in them as well.
I've now converted completely to digital. The only physical books I've kept are a few signed copies, and my set of HG Wells' Outline of History that was printed in 1918. Everything else is sold or packed away (probably forever). Honestly, I miss them about as much as I missed cassettes (not very).
Now if they could just make a book-scented candle, everything would be perfect.
I luh my e-reader, but the only books I appear to be able to lend to anyone are really not the ones they'd want.
Last Tuesday I went to a book launch for "Eat & Run" by the ultra-marathoner, Scott Jurek (won Western States 100-miler 7x, set a US record by running 165.7 miles in 24hrs) Chris McDougall (author of "Born to Run" and barefoot/minimalist shoe advocate) also spoke. They both did book signings, and although I have "Born to Run" on my Nook, I couldn't very well have him sign it. BUMMER. (Both guys also preceded Jurek's book launch with a run of about 4 miles in Central Park. About 100 of us went. Totally geeked to be running with these guys. They'd already run 30 miles earlier that day and were nice enough to set a very moderate pace and run/chat with everyone. It was a great experience)
Yeah, Scott Jurek is a Vegan. I might have to buy it just to see how in the hell that guy gets all his essential amino acids etc. when he needs up to 8,000 calories per day. He was very lithe (not particularly tall) and lean. He reminded me of a rather sweet school boy, yet he's 39.