I don’t know about you, but I’m a cover freak. I’m a sucker for a beautiful cover. Sometimes I can’t choose which one I like better. I like having multiple copies of books for a whole lot of reasons. Most of them have to do with my collector’s side. It sure does take up room though.
So let’s talk about having multiple copies of book. Is this something you do? I have several. For instance, I have 2 almost complete sets of the Harry Potter series. One complete set of American editions, and a second nearly completed set of British editions. I also have a third copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, an American first edition. As a collector, I love having these multiple copies.
I also have a small collection of foreign language editions of books, all of which are signed. These books aren’t for reading, I can’t read German for Finnish. I just think they’re cool. I would love to own something written in Welsh one day, it’s an unbelievably beautiful language.
Then there’s the cursed cover change. Often I think the original covers are better than the reprint. But for my own shelf OCD I love to have a matching set of books. In this case I sometimes get both editions: the original for the prettier cover and the reprint for the matching set. This has also happened a few times with movie covers. For instance I know I want to get a movie edition of The Fault in Our Stars. As a rule I usually hate movie covers but I just adore that particular copy. I already own a signed original but I still want to have a movie copy.
Another reason I may have multiple copies of books is for signings. For authors I love I may get their books multiple times to support them and have something new for them to sign. Or, in the case of my Unwind series I have a signed paperback and then the next book in hardcover. I have been wanting to get a matching hardcover but I would not want to get rid of my signed copy. This is how I end up with so many duplicates on my shelves.
Lately I’ve been giving up some of my duplicates. The ones I don’t feel I really want anymore. Maybe I’ve changed my mind about liking that original cover. Maybe I don’t care enough about the series to make sure they match. But since it has freed up space for new books I’m not complaining.
Do you have multiple copies of books on your shelves? Tell me about it in the comments.