Minimalist Bookshelf: Digitize and Simplify

My minimalist bookshelf is not really a bookshelf at all. It is a digital portal into literature, making it paperless and portable.

Prior to this afternoon, my bookshelf held books I’ve read once and an abundance of sentimental items. Basically, it was accumulating dust and inhibited me from picking up a book. Then, I thought about my reading habits. I don’t read books more than once. I don’t like the smell and dusty feel of old books. I think books are overpriced. With all that in mind, the decision to digitize my book collection was easily made.

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1. Sort your books.

I decided from the beginning that I did not want to keep any physical copies of books unless they were autographed by an author or had a note written by the person who gifted it to me. The rest, I stacked up in a pile to give away.

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2. Give away the books you don’t need.

This step is important – whether you’re selling or donating. After this, we’re going to be spending money on something that might feel like a guilty pleasure. Giving away my books make me feel liberated and as such, focussed on my goal of becoming a minimalist and not so much the guilt of spending money (which may seem un-minimalist).

3. Buy an e-reader.

After I donated my books, I immediately went to buy myself an e-reader. I know some people find making reading an electronic activity horrendous but I don’t mind. All the bookstores in my city have closed down except for discount bookstores and the ones near campus. While I still think bookshops are absolutely wonderful, I think it’s time to simplify reading and the consumption of literature.

I bought the Kobo Mini for under $50 and a case for about $30. So far, I love the fact that it’s lightweight and every book is standardised in regard to font and size. There is also the freedom of purchasing a book from home without having to wait till the bookshop opens. Imagine the possibility to reading the sequel as soon as you’re done with the prequel!

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I’m reading my first book after about a year or two. It’s not a truth I like to admit to. I’ve always made the excuse of having too many readings for class, not enough time, etc. I think the real reason was I just didn’t like the logistics of reading: obtaining a copy, taking it with me, finding a bookmark, finding a home after all is done. Now that I’m reading with an e-reader, the reading experience is enhanced because it is so easy and comfortable. And simple. That’s the way love should be.

Happy reading!

P.S. Before and After (still in progress, always).

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7 responses to “Minimalist Bookshelf: Digitize and Simplify

  1. Nice job!I actually started sifting through my books before I even heard of the minimalist lifestyle, but I’ll be seriously considering adopting it. I’ll only be keeping books I couldn’t bear to part with and already have an ebook.

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