Which books would you take with you on a long trip? Not a "desert island" scenario; you can get more books, but libraries might be limited and they might not lend to you, Drifter. Let's say 25 - 30 books. Would you take books you've already read, or a full set of the unknown? Is there a category you'd favor? An author?
I'm limiting myself to a section of overhead storage that's about as big as a mid-sized cardboard box. I thought about a Kindle-type device, but it goes against both my frugality and my tactile love of paper. There's the expense of the device itself, then it's a guaranteed $10 for every new book I want, and I haven't spent $10 on a book since Granny sold the last pig and gave us all pocket money. I'm determined to have something on-hand to read, and to find a cheap/free way to continue my habit on the road.
I've already downloaded my music to my computer. Now I still borrow CDs from the library to try out an unfamiliar artist. If my computer likes it, it borrows the music, too, completely against my will.
A while back I fretted aloud about some boxes stored with a friend. In the late winter she sounded suddenly frantic to reclaim space in her attic, so we made plans to go repack and reduce (after having originally -packed and -duced), which turned into plans to just take them back home and rethink it all. Yesterday evening we eliminated two-thirds of the stuff I had first saved in an orgy of "all the space you need" thinking.
Went looking for plumbing schematics for the Duck. Fleetwood sent me the pdf, FOR FREE. Unheard of. I even had my credit card out and warmed up when the tech asked me for my email address. How can information be free, people? It's as though they're running a lending library.