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To want to give away books that I own on Kindle?

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StuntNun Fri 25-Mar-16 18:38:04

I have had a Kindle for years and I have bought quite a few books on Kindle where I already own the paper books. The duplicates are firm favourites that I want to read over and over again, and are usually books that are particularly heavy in paper form such as the Lord of the Rings. My DH and DSs have Kindles as well and we have a family library set up on Amazon so everyone can access all the titles. I have just had the following conversation with DH...

Me: Can I take the George R. R. Martin books to the charity shop seeing as we have them all on Kindle?
DH: No, I want to keep them.
Me: Even though you're never going to read them again?
DH: Yes.
Me: Why?
DH: I don't know, I just want to keep them.

AIBU to want to give away these books that will never be read again?

londonrach Fri 25-Mar-16 18:51:28

Up to you but personally I dont understand why a kindle is better than a real book. The smell, the feel of the pAges in your hand....

Newes Fri 25-Mar-16 18:56:59

One day Kindles will be obsolete. The real books won't be.

OneLove10 Fri 25-Mar-16 18:57:17

I do have a few favourites that I have both on kindle and paperback and I wouldn't give them away either so I understand your Dh pov. A kindle is for inconvenience, nothing beats sitting down with your favourite book in hand.

DaphneWhitethigh Fri 25-Mar-16 18:58:13

You don't "own" books on Kindle, you licence them. Amazon can take them back at their whim if they feel the urge.

StuntNun Fri 25-Mar-16 18:58:31

The latest George R. R. Martin book is 959 pages. I find it too heavy to read comfortably. My DH travels a lot for business so it's much easier for him to take his Kindle than have to pack two or three books. We have an extensive book collection so we have plenty of paper books to read. I tend to read the Kindle in bed and read a paperback in the bath. My DH reads his Kindle when travelling and paper books at home.

ClopySow Fri 25-Mar-16 19:00:40

I rarely give book away. I love them.

NeedACleverNN Fri 25-Mar-16 19:01:29

I had a kobo that I downloaded loads of books on.
My kobo broke so now I've got to re buy all the books in paper back.


Bailey101 Fri 25-Mar-16 19:04:27

I send loads of books to the charity shop when I'm done with them, but there's some I just can't bring myself to part with once I've read them. They're usually parts of a series and I love having them all lined up on my bookcase.

I can see both points of view, but books are awesome and you can't have too many grin

StuntNun Fri 25-Mar-16 19:23:51

But the books are saved on my Amazon account so if my Kindle breaks I can download them on to a new Kindle.

The problem is that we do have too many books. Our house is filled with bookshelves and we keep having to buy more bookshelves.

Fishface77 Fri 25-Mar-16 19:44:21

I gave all my books away. I bought a kindle. My biggest regret. Don't do it.

BarbaraofSeville Fri 25-Mar-16 19:45:31

YANBU. Books are just dusty clutter if you have the book on Kindle.

MatildaTheCat Fri 25-Mar-16 19:50:25

I have kept the majority of my books but rarely buy or read books now. I feel a bit sad because books are special but kindles are just so flipping convenient.

bertsdinner Fri 25-Mar-16 19:59:26

Ive kept all my books but I do love my Kindle. I love being able to read lots of books without the clutter. I do still love actual books though, and still buy history books and second hand books.
I sometimes buy a book I've really enjoyed reading on Kindle as I want to own it "in the flesh".

Hygge Fri 25-Mar-16 20:09:48

If you don't own the Kindle books, but they are subject to VAT, do Amazon have to refund that bit of they take the book back off you?

strawberrypenguin Fri 25-Mar-16 20:12:05

I love my kindle but I do like to have paper copies of my real favourites too.
I agree about GoT though - if there was ever a series written for kindle it's that one!

DandelionWine Fri 25-Mar-16 20:13:48

NeedaCleverNN - if you bought the books from Kobo they should still be in your account. If you are not sure if the books are saved to your account go to the Kobo website and sign in and see if the books are in your library. My Kobo crashed a couple of times and I had to do a factory reset but I was always able to re-download the books.

ForeverLivingMyArse Fri 25-Mar-16 20:17:02

I adore books. Paper or kindle. I love reading and love that I can carry loads at a time in my bag without breaking my back!

I could never destroy books but certainly pass the joy on by not having lots of fiction lying around.

Non fiction gets kept. There are a select few fiction books I read over and over again, if I already own them as an actual book I will keep them.

BrianButterfield Fri 25-Mar-16 20:19:08

But even if your Kindle breaks and your library gets deleted, there are always going to be copies of GoT in the world! You don't need to hang on to those exact copies, they will always be easy to find any time you want.

Lighteningirll Fri 25-Mar-16 20:28:42

I gave away all my records when we went over to cds gave away/sold cds now it's all on iTunes both bad decisions in retrospect iTunes is shift as dh lost his password changed email and now can't access anything. My fave music is also a bit shot on iTunes really wish I still had my vinyl. Some books I am hanging onto now as I don't want to make the same mistake.

Fieryfighter Fri 25-Mar-16 20:29:54

My exh used to occasionally suggest getting rid of books... The look I gave him ended the conversation. Right. There.

CamboricumMinor Fri 25-Mar-16 20:34:53

I am seriously considering getting rid of my paperback books. I haven't read a paper book in 7 years so I might as well take them all to charity. I'm on my second kindle now - I bought a new one so I could give my eldest the old one now they are old enough to read my books on ther.

Perfectlypurple Fri 25-Mar-16 20:40:10

I got rid of all my paper books. I never thought I could give up books but a kindle us do much easier to read in bed or lying on the sofa. I do take real books on holiday though. I like to sit in the pool and read. I always take them back to the charity shop after.

OrlandaFuriosa Fri 25-Mar-16 20:42:43

You can't read a kindle in the bath. It's a pain on a sandy beach.

I'm with him.

alltouchedout Fri 25-Mar-16 20:42:43

I have bought my own books back from charity shops before when unreasonable people I live with have donated them blush

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