books were my last holdout. getting a kindle and enjoying a bare room is worth far more than the $140 outlay. I’m almost down to bed, desk, firearm, motorcycle, smartphone, laptop, kindle, clothes, and toiletries. Still have textbooks, and I’m hoping a decent electronic format for textbooks becomes available in the next few years so I can ditch those as well.
As I’ve worked towards stoicism my happiness and health have both improved.
I’ve found that even for academic books at least 50% of them are available online (not always legally).
Out of all the gross market abuses committed using the leverage of copyright, the textbook racket is as direct an incentive to piracy as I can think of.
Edit: A couple of disabled friends suggest the ridiculous difficulty in legally obtaining audiobooks and ebooks for the visually or physically impaired as worse. I am inclined to agree.
Bloody oath. See How to lose four hundred kilograms for my attempts to deal with my own artistic albatross.
Books are STUFF. And STUFF is a CURSE. NO DAMN ATOMS! Make your atoms pay rent in non-anticipated usefulness!