When I first got a Kindle Touch in December 2011, I told myself that I wouldn’t forget about physical books, that the Kindle could never replace physical books. After all, physical books are what I grew up with; they’ve been my steadfast companions since childhood. Being a natural pack rat, I grew up collecting and buying books. In fact, my bookcase was soon overflowing with books, mangas, and comic books, and I know I’ve had at least 2000+ books throughout my life. The lack of space didn’t bother me, and I just kept on buying and hoarding more books.
Then I got the Kindle Paperwhite in January 2013, and that became the turning point for me with physical and digital books. With the Paperwhite, I found myself reading more digital books than ever, and I found myself preferring to read on the device. This was especially the case with some of the humongous books I owned! For an example, when I read the physical copy of Randy Shilts’ And the Band Played On, that monstrosity proved to be a pain to read because it was just too bulky and heavy! Plus, the pages were larger and wider, so my eyes had trouble scanning and reading the words — but on the smaller Kindle screen, my eyes had an easier time reading them. And one other advantage a Paperwhite has over physical books? I can read in the dark.
Two years later, I’ve reached the point where I decided to get rid of 90% of my physical books. I’ve decided to clean out my bookcase and get rid of all the books I can get on the Kindle and to get rid of the ones I’d never read or re-read. See the photos below for piles of books I decided to take out of my bookcase.
And below is my cleaner looking bookcase where 90% of its occupants are now mangas or comic books.
I have to say that I feel way better now that I’ve cleaned out of my bookcase. Sure, I’ve still got a long, long way to go to achieve anything close to Georgie’s level, but the fact that I’m even attempting to cut down on clutter is a major step for me. I know a part of me will always have the materialistic streak, but I can still try to get rid of things I don’t need, and the physical books I can get on my Kindle are something I no longer need.