We bookworms are collectors at heart. We spend years collecting stories, whether just to read and love or to fill our own bookshelves.
And yet when it comes to owning multiple copies of one book, people don’t seem to understand why some of us do it. Some people see it as materialistic. Or pointless. A waste of money.
So where do you stand on owning multiple copies of one book?
Personally, this is something I argue with myself a lot about. Not just about owning multiple copies of one book, but buying books in general.
Because when I’m telling myself I really NEED those books, and I’m willingly throwing the very little money I have at new books rather than saving it, I sometimes feel guilty. Sometimes I tell myself off for being greedy, because I have a huge amount of books at home waiting to be read so I have no reason to buy more yet. I simply want to own them.
So sometimes I feel even more materialistic when I consider buying another copy of a book I already own. Because I’ve read/bought that book already, why would I need another one? In fact – I don’t think I’ve ever bought a second copy. Not yet, at least.
Somehow, when I see other people own multiple copies of a book, my opinion changes completely. I have NO PROBLEM whatsoever with other people owning more than one copy of a book.
We’re readers, we love collecting stories. And with publishers constantly bringing out different editions – most of the time with gorgeous covers – it’s hard not to resist buying more. Especially if it’s a book you love.
When I see other people with more than one copy of a book, all I think is “wow they must love that book!” and then I’ll be more likely to read it. I’ll know what they’re a fan of. I’ll want to look through all their different editions and note the differences. Somehow, when other people do it, it’s fascinating to me.
So maybe it’s just myself I judge harshly? When I see other people with multiple copies, I assume they’re really passionate about reading. And yet when I do it myself, I feel greedy. It’s almost like double-standards, except towards myself.
Like I said before, I’ve never bought a second copy of a book I already own. And in the few occasions I ended up with two copies of one book, I’ve given the spare to my friend.
I DO own two copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone…because along with the normal books, I own the Illustrated Edition. I absolutely adore it, and plan to get all the illustrated versions.
AND THERE’S MORE.
I plan on buying quite a few copies of books I already own. Once I have a part-time job, and have some spare money that I’ve earned, I don’t think I’ll feel that bad about it.
One of the first things I plan on getting with my first payday is a new box set of the Harry Potter books. So yes, I will end up with three versions of that series. BUT the normal copies I have now I’ve owned for over 10 years, they’re battered beyond repair and they don’t match – the last two books have different covers from the rest. I’ve seen a box set of them that I absolutely adore, so why not treat myself to a shiny new matching series?
I also hope to start collecting the Penguin English Classics. I’ve gotten into classics a lot more lately, but always buy the Wordsworth Classics from Amazon because they’re really cheap. And they don’t look bad – actually some of them have really nice covers. But I’ve always fawned over the Penguin English Classics, and they look INCREDIBLE when on a bookshelf, so…maybe one day.
And finally, The Bone Season. This series has had a cover change two books into the seven book series. You CAN get the old cover as a collectors edition, but it’s only in hardback and I very VERY rarely buy hardbacks, so I’ll wait for the new cover paperback instead. But I want a matching series, and since it’s one of my favourite series EVER I think I’ll buy the first two books in the new covers too.
So now it’s your turn!
What do you think about owning multiple copies of one book?
Does your opinion change when thinking of yourself compared to other people?
Do you own multiple copies of any book?
What would make you buy another copy of your favourite books?
Join the discussion in the comments!
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