BlogADay #12

During my recent escapades of clearing out, decluttering and attempting to live a more minimal-esqe life I have had a fairly constant question over how to reduce the number of e-books I own.

It is seriously stressing me out a lot more than it probably should. Physical books I can sell or donate or give away to friends but what can I do with e-books other than deleting them? However, when I think of doing this all I can imagine is piles of books burning which makes me feel a little ill. To put it in context between iBooks and Kindle books we are talking about maybe 40 books that I just won’t reread and want to clear out.

Any and all advice welcome on this as I have no idea how to resolve it!



via Daily Prompt: Constant


16 thoughts on “Is deleting an e-book the same as burning a book? Asking for a friend….

  1. I had a major clear out on my Kindle last year. I felt guilty because I’d paid for most of them. But then I asked myself this question

    “If this book was a physical book, would you
    a. Feel comfortable reading it in public (when everyone can see you’re reading some trashy novel and not War & Peace?
    b. Recommend it to a friend – or your mum?
    c. Buy it again if it was lost or damaged beyond repair?

    If the answer is no – delete it. I deleted a lot of books and I haven’t missed any of them.

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    1. Thanks Eileen! Those are actually really good questions and I feel like this is the way to go. These aren’t books I would buy again or even reread but I still have this weird sense of guilt over it. I suspect I just have to do it though and I will feel better when it is done. Thanks again! 🙂

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  2. The whole symbolism of burning a book in the past was as a total rejection of the thoughts of the writer. Communists got rid of books they thought would be threats to the system and sources for possible uprisings against the government. Perhaps a person wanted to figuratively “kill” the author. I could see both of these reasons for why Salman Rushdie’s books may have been burned or otherwise destroyed by some in the world.

    It would be a shame if a book was totally annihilated from existence. But if it still exists in some form somewhere that others can obtain it, what is wrong with clearing out clutter (stuff that takes up too much room somewhere it isn’t valued). I remember when watching the movie Amadeus, the Kapellmeister character tore up part of Mozart’s score that included a ballet. Luckily Mozart had an incredible memory and was able to recreate the section destroyed (it was surely his only copy). It would be very sad if a piece of work that someone on earth may value was destroyed in entirety.

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    1. I feel a little bit like I am being ungrateful for all the work and love the author has put into the book by deleting/ removing it. However all of the books I would like to delete are still available to buy online. This is one of the best things about ebooks I guess as unlike physical books they should theoretically be available forever (unless the author or publisher unlists them). I haven’t seen Amadeus but will add it to my to-watch list. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

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