Through my entire life, I’ve always wanted to have a small library at home. Nothing would satisfy me more than to have at least a small nook in the corner of a house — lit up by a ton of natural light — with shelves upon shelves of books lining the walls. Oh, and you can’t forget the big comfy chair that I’d curl up in with a book and mug of hot tea or coffee in hand. It sounds delightful.
For a while, I wasn’t sure how I was going to get to the point of having enough books to create a small library in my home. I’ve had a NOOK Color from Barnes & Noble for almost two years, and since then, I’ve bought a very small number of real books to place inside a bookcase. I love my NOOK, and there are definitely plenty of benefits to having one (simply ask me, and I can give you a slew of reasons). But an internal conflict comes into play when I walk into a bookstore and indulge in the happiness I feel when I’m cracking the spine of a book, smelling the pages, and flipping from chapter to chapter. No matter how convenient my NOOK is, it doesn’t compare to the way I feel when I’m reading a real book.
So what’s a girl to do? How can I continue using my NOOK and building up my collection of books for my small library at the same time? I was browsing in Barnes & Noble the other night with my friend Erica when I came up with a solution. It’s safe to say that this is a happy medium: I’ll purchase all of my books first on my NOOK since they always come at a discounted price. If, and only if, I thoroughly enjoyed the book enough to read it again, I’ll purchase a hard copy from the bookstore. After all, I’ve wasted enough money on real books that didn’t turn out to be as impressive as expected, and I’ve placed them in boxes rather than display them on a shelf. Quality over quantity is what matters most, wouldn’t you agree?
For everyone with e-readers out there, have you completely given in to only purchasing books on your e-reader? Or, do you manage to balance the books you add to your virtual shelf with the books you add to your actual shelves at home? If so, how do you do it?