Do You Keep Duplicate Books?

If you’ve ever found yourself gazing lovingly at your bookshelves, only to realize that you have not one, but multiple copies of the same book, you’re not alone. Welcome to the world of duplicate books, where the allure of a beloved story transcends its single edition. Join us as we dive into the fascinating phenomenon of collecting duplicate books and uncover the reasons why readers choose to cherish multiple versions of their treasured tales.

Collecting And Cherishing Editions

For some bibliophiles, collecting different editions of a beloved book is more than a hobby—it’s a passionate pursuit. Whether it’s a special anniversary edition, a limited collector’s item, or even a translated version that opens the story in new linguistic dimensions, these collectors seek to encompass the entirety of a book’s variations on their shelves. The joy of comparing cover designs, font choices, and even the texture of pages becomes a voyage of exploration through the diverse ways a story can be presented.

Three’s Company: The Art of Duplicates

While some readers make a conscious choice to keep duplicate copies, others find themselves unintentionally amassing them. It starts innocently enough—a duplicate sneaks onto the shelf, and suddenly, you’re the proud owner of two, three, or even more versions of the same book. I have 3 copies of “Black Beauty”! It’s a classic that deserves to be showcased in all its variations. I also have the special purple Fairyloot edition of The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller… and a paperback I bought for actually reading after I listened to it on audio!

Variety Is the Spice of a Bookshelf

A unique flavour of duplicate book collecting involves the ebb and flow between digital and physical worlds. Yes, we’re talking about the e-book and physical copy combo! Gone are the days when readers felt torn between the convenience of an e-book and the tactile pleasure of holding a physical book. Nowadays, it’s not unusual to find someone with both an e-book version and a hardcover edition proudly gracing their shelves. Sometimes you want the crisp pages, and at other times, the convenience of a digital version wins out.

The Journey from ARC to Finished Copy

ARC (Advance Reader Copy) enthusiasts, we see you! The journey from receiving an ARC to proudly holding the finished, polished version is a literary adventure in its own right. Some readers choose to keep both versions, cherishing the evolution of a story from its raw, unpolished form to the final masterpiece. This practice is a testament to the love for the writing process and the eagerness to support authors every step of the way.

Embrace the Beauty of Multiplicity

So, dear book lovers, whether your shelves boast various languages, limited editions, or even multiple formats of the same story, the world of duplicate books is a celebration of literary multiplicity. Each edition carries a unique essence, offering new perspectives and inviting you to rediscover your favourite tales in fresh ways.

Remember, collecting duplicates is not just about acquiring books—it’s about fostering a deeper connection with the stories that have touched our hearts. Whether it’s a physical embodiment of your digital escape or a tangible treasure from a bookish journey, each duplicate on your shelf holds a memory and a piece of your reading identity.

Whether you’re a proud collector, an accidental accumulator, or someone who dabbles in duplicate books, embrace the beauty of multiplicity and celebrate the different facets of your reading experience. Happy collecting, and may your shelves continue to tell the rich and diverse story of your bookish adventures!


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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