The Case for Paperbacks

My bookshelf

My house is literally full of books. Books I’ve collected since I was a child [I still have a ragged Barney Beagle] to books I purchased just this week. If you’re like me, your kindle is also burgeoning with books. I have over 5000 at last count.

My friends tell me to declutter and sometimes, I have rather reluctantly said goodbye to many of my books (sniff, sob, I still mourn them). After all, why hold onto the paper or hardback when I can simply download an ebook to my ereader?

The answer is simple. With 5000+ books in my kindle library, I’m constantly forgetting I have a book. How many of you have gone to a book page, hit “purchase” only to have Amazon tell you you already have the book? Thank goodness Amazon does this, but that doesn’t count the books I have on Nook and Google Play, not to mention borrowed from Scribd or Overdrive.

So the other day, I got to thinking, and maybe it’s a dangerous thing since I’m supposed to be decluttering so that when my husband retires we can move… Books that I have in paper form are like friends I see in person, my neighbors, my cousins, my relatives, and my old school friends who live within fifty miles of me. Books I have on kindle are like social media friends. And while I love my social media friends, they don’t occupy the mind space and physical space as people I get together for coffee, walks, and parties.

It’s the same with ebooks. Now, don’t kill me here. I love ebooks. I love the convenience, the ability to have thousands in my account and countless more available at any time or any place. But I don’t “bump” into them the way I do with my paperbacks. They don’t bring back memories, and I don’t pick them up and flip to a bookmark or a crease in the spine or discover a long-forgotten sticky note or bookmark, and they definitely don’t transport me back to when we first met.

Paper books, meanwhile, are like old friends. A couple weeks back, in the throes of decluttering, I kept putting a set of books into a box, then taking them back out and reshelving them, then trying to resolve to give them away. I made excuses for them. They’re yellowed and wrinkled, no one would want them, and I can’t bear to throw them in the garbage. But they’re taking up space! Logically, all these books exist as ebooks. I can simply do as Marie Kondo says: to discard them, knowing that if I ever wanted to read them again, I can buy the ebook or the audiobook.

BUT… here is the big question. Will I remember them?

This particular set of cozy mysteries was written by Carolyn Hart. While flipping through these yellowed paperbacks, I was transported back to my younger days, scouring bookstores to buy her latest Death on Demand mystery. I’ve quite forgotten Max and Annie throughout the years as my reading tastes diverged to romance and suspense thrillers. But because I could not throw away that set of books, I am now reliving the 1980’s by re-reading my Death on Demand stories. I’ve even downloaded the audiobook so I can have it read to me–the font on the old paperback being kind of small for my senior eyes. I’ve rediscovered that series and was so pleased to discover that it is STILL GOING after all these years.

It’s all because I had the paperbacks. A paperback from 30 years ago can remind you of an author you loved and lost touch with. A paperback is like a loyal friend sitting on the shelf winking at you when you walk by, and a paperback is something you can pass on to others. As an author, a paperback is a living reminder to your readers about you. Who knows? Twenty years from now, the reader you have now might rediscover you and be joyously surprised that your series is still going on. Or your paperback has been passed from friend to friend, making you new friends to the farthest corners of the earth.

Now that, is like having a friend for life!

p.s. I have the black covered collector’s hardbacks of the Agatha Christie mystery library [a subscription series] and I’m NOT parting with them. Besides, my daughter has tagged them all already. Agatha is a friend for life and beyond.

What do you think? Do you buy paperbacks of the books and authors you like? Do you keep every autographed paperback of your writer friends? [I do]. Or do you let them go to share and spread the joy?

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Rich Asian Lovers 6-Book Boxed Set: Spicy After Dark

Announcing Rachelle Ayala’s newest collection! Six (6) hot and spicy romances with an Asian flavor – all in one low-priced set ($0.99 introductory price).

Rich Asian Lovers are sweet by day and spicy by night. Savor six romances with an Asian touch by USA Today bestselling author, Rachelle Ayala. Get the exotic edge from culture to cuisine; taste the hot and naughty fun from Kyoto to K-town, Berkeley to Manila. Laugh and swoon with Asian feels and fun!

Roaring Hot!
Teo Alexiou is an arrogant playboy who gets what he wants. He meets his match in actress Amy Suzuki, a woman he hired to play his girlfriend. The fun starts when he falls for her, and suddenly, the billionaire bad boy is wishing she’d cut the act and show him her true heart.

Whole Latte Love
What’s business-minded Carina Chen to do when she finds herself rooming with a hot, delectable barista with a heart for the homeless?

Taming Romeo
Medical student Evie Sanchez is recovering from heartbreak when she runs into Romeo Garcia, the boy she ditched at the prom. Only now, he’s an actor determined to make her his costar. Are his hot moves and sexy lines real or revenge?

Claiming Carlos
Choco Sánchez has been friends forever with chef Carlos López until flashy food consultant Johnny Dee steps in to makeover both her and the restaurant. Carlos isn’t about to lose his best friend. He sets out to claim Choco’s heart by cooking hot, spicy, and steamy.

Played by Love
Korean-American soccer star Jaden Sloup dons nerd glasses to score an anime fangirl who won’t date jocks.

Playing the Rookie
Korean baseball pitcher Jay Pak Ahn has been burned one too many times by good girls. When he meets an American girl at spring training, he throws all caution to the wind in this fun and sexy romp.

With over 400,000 words, this super boxed set will have you laughing out loud one minute and licking your lips the next. Enjoy and aloha! Rachelle


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A Sapphire Falls Valentine’s Day!

Come join Erin Nicholas, Rachelle Ayala, EmKay Connor, and Angelique Armae for a Sapphire Falls Valentine.
We have three all new Sapphire Falls Kindle World Valentine romances to continue from Erin’s Getting in the Mood: full of hearts, fun, and snow-melting kisses and passion.
From Rachelle Ayala, Going Hearts Over Heels: Ginger is a fast talking New Yorker who wants to try life in the country–along with hot country boys. Marsh yearns for the excitement of the big city and a certain redhead who has his imagination sparked. Ginger and Marsh decide to trade places over Valentine’s Day, except neither one expected their hearts to get in the way of their heels.
From EmKay Connor, Going It Alone: Jaded long-distance trucker Logan Hamilton rescues a stranded traveler Sierra on her way to reconcile with her long, lost sister. Can two lonely hearts discover love on the road to Sapphire Falls?
From Angelique Armae, Going To the Palace: Farm girl Millicent can’t forget Prince Leopold and the heartbreak he left her with. When she mistakenly bids for him at the Sapphire Falls Bachelor’s Auction, she is forced to trade her jeans for a ballgown and see what Leopold’s real agenda is.
If you haven’t read Erin’s story, Getting into the Mood, now is a good time to pick it up.
Wishing all of you plenty of roses, sweets, and kisses on Valentine’s Day!
From your friends at the Sapphire Falls Kindle World!