Personality

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In a related question to last week’s–

I was reading the other day a quote from JFK Jr who said on the death of his mother, that she died surrounded by family, friends, and her books. Apparently, Jackie’s books were very much a part of HER, her personality, her sense of self.

Up until recently, people could browse your bookshelves and learn a lot about you–what your interests are, your range of topics, favorite authors, how much you read (or at least buy books).

More and more, though, this is changing. People aren’t buying books so much as borrowing them from the library. Or reading them on their e-readers or computers. There’s nothing PHYSICAL on the shelves to tell strangers in your home, for better or worse, who you ARE.

Do you think this is a good thing? Bad? Discuss!


Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

59 responses

  1. I’ll take my books the old fashioned way, thank you. The best part of buying actual books? Actual book stores!

  2. I’ll take my books the old fashioned way, thank you! And the best part of buying actual books? Actual book stores!

    http://fortypoundsack.blogspot.com/2011/04/booking-through-thursday.html

  3. Whilst people can’t browse your shelves any more, its easy to see what people read (and therefore a bit about them) by looking at their blogs and sites such as librarything and goodreads. If anything this is easier because you don’t actually have to be in their house, However, it does stop you from looking around and getting them at a glance from books if they have no shelves of them- I guess you’d just have to get personality from other things such as ornaments and how they’ve decorated their houses.

  4. Well I usually read ebooks but for the reasons you stated above, I buy them also! Even though I rarely read actual books in print, I will buy books just to own and show them off! I would really hate it if physical books stopped being published. No more shelves to fill!

  5. I love my ebook reader! #GoiPad2 !! (Yes, my personality is still obvious!)

    http://wellreadreviews.com/booking-through-thursday-your-book-personality

  6. Ooooh, I do love a good snoop through someone’s bookshelves! Or to sit back and enjoy looking at my own shelves, reminding myself of all the old favourites and yet-to-be-explored treasures I’ve accumulated over the years… My full answer is here:
    http://musingsofabookshopgirl.blogspot.com/2011/04/i-was-reading-other-day-quote-from-jfk.html

  7. Answered last week’s and this week’s all in one post:

    http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/btt-visual-personality/

    ~MizB

  8. I don’t think actual books will disappear from our shelves. Here is my extended opinion: http://beyondstrangenewwords.blogspot.com/2011/04/booking-through-thursday-personality.html

  9. Great question!
    Here’s my response:
    http://www.violethourbr.com/2011/04/i-was-reading-other-day-quote-from-jfk.html
    ALL comments and follows will be happily returned! Can’t wait to see your answers =)

  10. Booking Through Thursday: Are e-readers removing personality cues if people no longer have books displayed on shelves?: http://t.co/kHkgurs

  11. Here’s my take on the topic: MY BTT2 POST

  12. Here’s my answer: http://booknympho.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/booking-through-thursday-personality/

    In short, I’d love to have a book library but if I had one, it would be just for me and I wouldn’t worry about what other people thought of me based on what I read. I love books and they make me happy; that’s enough for me!🙂

  13. As a writer, I will never lose my love for the physical book in the hand. However, I do see one advantage of Kindle for older readers: you can immediately enlarge the print.

    That’s a blessing, especially since so many new books are printed in a font that looks like ants running across the page….

  14. This is a great question, which sends me reflecting on my own experience. I certainly size up my friends’ book collection, which tell me certain aspects of their personality.
    My answer is posted.

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  16. I prefer printed books, but I can take reading materials both ways.

    My response
    http://halie-lifethewayiseeit.blogspot.com/search/label/books

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  19. I still prefer real books, but see the infusion of new publishing technology as a benefit. for reaching the public at large.

    Here’s my full answer:

    http://www.ddubsreads.com/DDubsReads/Blog/Entries/2011/4/19_Booking_Through_Thursday_April_14.html

  20. I still have books on my shelf and still buy paper books.

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