I'm going to try to loose 100 pounds this month: all paper. I have books, books, books, and paper files galore. Clearly, my book buying phases have not benefited from the Internet revolution. (Or if they have, God forbid the number of books I would have now.)
The sad thing is that I only use a small fraction of the books I have in any given month. I feel this most poignantly when
- I pay my credit card bill, which still bears the scars of impulse book buying.
- Ditto, my student loan.
- In my back when I try to move them.
- and of course the trobbing in my temples when I try to find one I actually need.
So, first, I' gleening my files of those papers that exist as a word processor or PDF file on my home computer and on the Internet. But the book question is bigger. We're taught to love them, and spend all available money on them: it isn't right or proper to talk people out of buying books, is it? (Disclosure: I sell books in my Day Job.)
Well, I'm coming up up with my own gotta-have list. Now I need you to add your must haves in the comments.