As I have been weeding out books, here, in order to make life more manageable, I have been throwing away hardcover and paperback copies of books that I would not miss very much, were Barnes & Noble to go out of business before I die. In the process, I have discovered that I do not have physical copies of books that I wish to read again multiple times over the remainder of my life. I intend to keep a list (#permanentlibrary) of books for which I need physical copies and for which I would like also e-editions in order to save wear and tear on the physical copies.
In no particular order
- Lightwing, by Tara K. Harper
- A Stranger to Command, by Sherwood Smith
- Hostile Takeover, by Susan Shwartz
- Flash, Octagonal Raven, The Ethos Effect, The One-Eyed Man, Gravity Dreams, The Parafaith War, and the “Imager Portfolio” novels, by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
- The Samaria novels, by Sharon Shinn
- Remnant Population and The Speed of Dark, by Elizabeth Moon
- The Williamsburg novels, by Elswyth Thane
- A Stitch in Snow, by Anne McCaffrey
- Cluny Brown, by Margery Sharp
- Sadder than Water, by Samih al-Qasim
- The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette)
- Shade and Shadow, by Francine G. Woodbury, and
- Hellspark, by Janet Kagan.
Novels of The Others (ongoing series) by Anne Bishop will, I think, also be on the list, and A Thousand Words for Stranger, by Julie Czerneda.
I have lately found The Wasp (Eric Frank Russell) and Way Station (Simak) in e-book format, and also Gramercy Park (Paula Cohen). I had bought a lot of e-books in the Palm Reader format and have no reader for those books. I recently stumbled across some ZIP files from when Fictionwise closed, containing PDFs of the ebooks I’d bought from them; I intend to make a text file of the titles and authors. Also, on my old Samsung computer I have found the downloaded files of my Baen purchases in various formats.
All of the remaining books are either on shelves in the basement or in boxes, waiting to be carried downstairs and shelved.