Hi, my name is Dean, and I'm a biblioholic.
That probably isn't much of a surprise to most people. After all, I'm a librarian and a writer. Librarians and writers love books, don't they? Sometimes to the edge of reason (and storage capacity) and beyond.
When I say "books," I mean the printed kind -- the ones you can hold in your hand, run your fingers over the binding, admire the covers, the typeface, the construction of the object itself. Yes, I do have ebooks that I read either on my iPad or my Kobo device. Mostly ephemeral things, one-time reads.
If it's a book I love, or one that I want to be sure is in my library for that day when I finally have a chance to sit and read, then it has to be the print version. I also have a great fondness for mysteries of an earlier age (i.e., published before 1960), and many of them are not now -- and perhaps not likely ever to be -- available as ebooks. Ergo, the physical book.
I haven't tried to count all my books -- for one thing, it would take far too long, and I have other things to do -- like read a book or write one. I'd estimate, however, that my collection runs to between seven and eight thousand books. My house (not quite 1600 sq. ft.) is stuffed with them. Every wall has a bookcase (or several) against it. Art? Pictures? I don't have many places I can hang them. I'd have to get rid of a bookcase.
If I had 16,000 sq. ft. I could spread all the books out and display them properly. But most, if not all, of the shelves have double rows, or books stacked in front of books, and on top of the shelves -- as you can see in the pictures. The pictures, by the way, are of shelves in my office (aka the spare bedroom).
As a librarian, I understand that collections have to be weeded periodically -- and I have actually done that from time to time. The problem is, I keep seeing books that look interesting, or an author whose work I enjoy publishes a new book. More books tend to come in than go out.
If I stopped buying books, either print or electronic, I would probably not run out of books to read until I lived to be 175 -- because I have far more books that I have yet to read than books I have read.