On Travelling with Books (1 Viewer)

BobDole

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I am a big fan of books. I like alt history, and other various types of books, including anti-civ critique, survival guides/books (like making shelter, trapping/foraging, etc.), and plenty of other more niche categories (like WWII). I would prefer to take my entire collection with me (about 12 u-haul book boxes worth, or roughly 330 books), but I know this is a pipe dream. We (my family and I) just got a new place, and I think I will keep my room to come back to for downtime (offroad). So, I guess my question is this:

How many books should I take with me, what types would be best, and do any of you take books with you, and if so; how many, and what do they weigh? My "collection" is estimated between 250 and 400 pounds (LibraryThing can be a pain sometimes for exact numbers). Any cool bookcases you take with you (for my bike camper/rubber tramping buddies)?
 
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i mean... priorities, i guess. if you can get the same books in ebook format, put them on an ebook reader and join the 21st century or... just don't complain about the weight.

i guess im just not seeing the point of this thread. you're not going to find anyone on the road with more than a handful of books on them. if you're dead set on traveling with 400 lbs of books, that sounds pretty unreasonable. but hey, don't let me tell you what to do, i mean... you can lead horse to water...
 

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I just caught this - Bob Dole from Washington DC hahahaha it would be cool if you were the real republican senator from Kansas. It's funny that he's a bibliophile who wants to live in a van.
 

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I just caught this - Bob Dole from Washington DC hahahaha it would be cool if you were the real republican senator from Kansas. It's funny that he's a bibliophile who wants to live in a van.
Sadly no. I dont remember where I first heard this name, but I have been using it for several years now as an alias. Now that you mention it, it would be pretty cool if that was the case! I picked DC because I figure thats a fairly neutral spot (what can I say, I [somewhat] value my privacy)

Edit: I looked him up, and it is bringing back memories of my childhood; sitting in front of Fox News, and hearing the name. I think I found out where I picked the name up from
 

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It seems like you are more interested in bragging about your library than figuring out how to have words to read on your travels?

I love books, everything about them. But if you want a voluminous collection suck it up and take Matt's advice. Or be stubborn and carry 20lbs of books? Attachments come with a price, dont they?

I had a kindle for a while, extremely cheap and the way it was back lit lent to feeling like reading from a page, no glare, etc. I liked it. But lost it or broke it or gave it away.

Now I'll usually take 2 or 3 books. 1 new, one tried and true that I know and love and can turn to any page and start reading, and usually a small 100 pager on philosophy or science. Take 2 or 3 that slide into the front pocket of your pack.

Also, consider you can always trade or find a used book store. Sometimes people have those cute lil free library "bird house" things outside their houses. Point being, books are everywhere.
 

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Recently, family bridges have become a bit rocky, so to speak. I now fear for the worst. I have been planning on building a bike camper for some time now, but due to an increase in high winds (thanks, deforestation), it seems this might not be the greatest idea in the world. I like the idea and look of a lot of homeless push carts, and the fact I can fit a bunch of books into it really appeals to me; whereas fitting a ton of books into a bike camper will wreck havoc on my legs. The only problem, of course, being the weight of the books themselves. I am planning on making this a pushcart that can be hauled via a truck or car if worst comes to worse (like, needing to get out of dodge, stat!), and am not too concerned about making it a bit larger than most other's examples (like Elkins's homeless pushcart). With that in mind though, I still need it to not be super tall, so I can see over it to push it (I am 6 foot 4 inches).

As a side note, I have thought for most of my life about living in a van or trailer, but I have moral issues with owning a vehicle of any sort (those with a combustion engine), as well as ethical issues. Aside from that, it would force me to maintain a job of some sort, in order to pay my insurance (looking at the cheapest being around 700 USD per month for insurance).

It seems like you are more interested in bragging about your library than figuring out how to have words to read on your travels?

I love books, everything about them. But if you want a voluminous collection suck it up and take Matt's advice. Or be stubborn and carry 20lbs of books? Attachments come with a price, dont they?

I had a kindle for a while, extremely cheap and the way it was back lit lent to feeling like reading from a page, no glare, etc. I liked it. But lost it or broke it or gave it away.

Now I'll usually take 2 or 3 books. 1 new, one tried and true that I know and love and can turn to any page and start reading, and usually a small 100 pager on philosophy or science. Take 2 or 3 that slide into the front pocket of your pack.

Also, consider you can always trade or find a used book store. Sometimes people have those cute lil free library "bird house" things outside their houses. Point being, books are everywhere.

Well, no. My point was never to brag, but instead to attempt to show you what I am up against. My intention is to have NO electronics whatsoever. The problem with those free library stands, is that they never carry books im interested in (I have very specific tastes). Not even public libraries carry what I read. I have checked into those "bookbikes", and like the design, but dont think it would be all that great for my use. Might one day try building one (assuming my family situation gets better). Being in a hotel for almost a month now is really getting to me mentally.
 

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Aside from that, it would force me to maintain a job of some sort, in order to pay my insurance (looking at the cheapest being around 700 USD per month for insurance).

Okay, first off, I need to address this. If you're being quoted 700 dollars a MONTH for auto insurance you either didn't fill out the forms right or you hit about 20 nuns crossing the street on your last grocery run. I know people with multiple DUIs that have cheaper insurance than that. something is wrong there.

Second, it seems like you're not really interested in any of the suggestions we've provided. Sucks for you I guess. Judging from the scant details you've given us, you're about to be in a situation where you're going to have to start making some serious sacrifices, and frankly, you sound extremely unwilling to do that.

so i don't think there's anything we can do for you. this lifestyle involves serious sacrifices in one form or another. if you're not willing to give some things up, you're not going to get very far.

i do have one last suggestion. go find a place in the woods, build up a camp/hut/house and store your books there and just live in the woods. or you could try living in a storage unit. but im sure you'll hate those suggestions too.
 

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i'm one of these people who doesn't like e-readers or whatever you call 'em

the way i cope is by just packing a few books and lettin it ride
 

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