I have a question for you…
How do you feel about lending books?
I am super funny about people borrowing my books. I have the philosophy don’t loan anything out that you really want back. Things happen, and when you let someone borrow something it might not come back to you. Life happens. So my take on lending my book: If it’s a book I want people to read I buy two copies. Share the spare copy. I do not like people borrowing my books. My books are my treasures… They are one of the few material things I hold sentimental.
I believe print books are now a rare commodity. This is because digital books are so much more accessible and practical considering storage and space. It is also my opinion that there are few books that are worthy of being printed anymore. The books that I have in print, are ones that I want to see last through the ages so they are for my enjoyment only. This would include Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and the Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Here is another reason I am particular about lending my print books. I have this crazy fear that some day the computers will crash, print books will be obsolete and we will have a knowledge loss of epic proportions. Comparable to the loss man-kind endured with the burning of the library of Alexandria. Is this a rational fear? Hardly. Regardless if I see a work as timeless I buy a print copy let it collect dust on my shelf and wait for the inevitable book apocalypse.
So how do you handle lending out your books?