Do you keep both a hardback and soft back of the same titles?
Ok, so how many copies do you keep of the same title?
This question is tricky, because the general rule for me is keeping only one copy of the same title – makes sense, doesn’t it? However, as the book lover I am, it’s no surprise for you if I tell you that this is not always the case, especially if we are talking about ebooks. I love ebooks, I think they are extremely convenient, easy to transport, and it’s great to sync between devices. But keeping a digital collection isn’t the same for me as keeping a physical collection on my shelves. So when I really, really love a specific book, I tend to end up buying a physical copy – usually hardcover (because it’s so pretty, ok?)
My personal record for the most copies I own of the same title goes to The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (and I’m not even finished yet, I have a lot to collect…). I hope this counts because, of course, in this case, it’s not a standalone novel. It’s a graphic novel, and there’s a lot of issues! I have finished reading the first volume of The Sandman via comiXology (digital), and I loved it! I have also found a few issues of the original 1989 Sandman series in a vintage shop, so I have started collecting the individual issues as well (I will probably never be finished, but at least I now own the original issues from #1 to #20). Collecting something you are a fan of has a special taste.
And also… I got the annotated version of The Sandman (the four whole volumes!) for my birthday.
With that being said, generally speaking, no, I wouldn’t keep both a soft and hardback of the same title – unless there’s a specific reason for it. In the case above, all the copies have a different purpose. The individual issues, we can say they are collection material, but they are also in full colour, and easily readable. While the annotated version is suitable if it’s your second time reading the graphic novel as it’s all in black and white with interesting annotations.
How about you?
Would you keep both a hardback and soft back of the same titles? Why? Why not?
What is your record for the most copies you own of the same title?