A lover and collector of books
Are book collectors real readers, or just cultural snobs? | Aeon EssaysBook collecting is the collecting of books , including seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever books are of interest to a given collector. The love of books is bibliophilia , and someone who loves to read, admire, and collect books is called a bibliophile. Book collecting can be easy and inexpensive: there are millions of new and used books, and thousands of bookstores , including online booksellers such as Abebooks , Alibris , Amazon , and Biblio. Wealthy book collectors pursue great rarities such as the Gutenberg Bible , and Shakespeare's First Folio , books which are both famous and extremely valuable. Collectors of lesser means may collect works by a favorite author, first editions of modern authors, or books on a given subject.
Bibliophile: A lover and collector of books.
Trying to find the perfect gift for a book lover can be tricky. After all, the most perfect gift is a book, but which book? Almost as good, however, is some sort of bookish gear, and there are lots of options out there! Book Fan. This paper fan looks like the edge of a hardcover book when closed and opens up to reveal vintage book pages and images. Book Keychain.
I have lived in books, for books, by and with books; in recent years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to live from books. And it was through books that I first realised there were other worlds beyond my own; first imagined what it might be like to be another person; first encountered that deeply intimate bond made when a writer's voice gets inside a reader's head. I was perhaps lucky that for the first 10 years of my life there was no competition from television; and when one finally arrived in the household, it was under the strict control of my parents. They were both schoolteachers, so respect for the book and what it contained were implicit. We didn't go to church, but we did go to the library. My maternal grandparents were also teachers.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Quotes tagged as "bibliophile" Showing of For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste. I wanted to smell it. Heck, I wanted to kiss it.
Your library is your sanctuary filled with the objects you love most in the world — your books. A great book collection can take a lifetime complete, and best of all, it is completely unique and entirely your own. I would dress my gods in leather and gold, and burn candles of worship before them at night, and string their names like beads on a string. As a matter of fact a bookcase 3 feet 6 inches high by 3 feet 6 inches wide will take books of assorted sizes, and this bookcase need not project more than 7 inches from the wall. Newton Everybody must love something, and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial and unfailing returns as books and a garden.