I love books. In fact, I read at least an hour every day. But… books take up a lot of space. Some, like the Complete Works of Shakespeare, take up a LOT of space. Others, like J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, are only a hundred pages or so (I refer to the book here, not the multi-film franchise!), but you can still only put one object in one physical space. Damn those pesky laws of physics!
Enter my iPhone.
Now, you may not have an iPhone; you may not have a smartphone at all, or a Kindle, or anything of the sort… if you don’t, this won’t apply to you. But a lot of people do own one or more of these devices.
In my iPhone, in the iBooks app, I have:
- Aesop’s Fables, Volume 1
- three copies of Dante Alighieri & Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Divine Comedy
- five volumes of Hans Christian Andersen’s tales
- The Night Before Christmas
- Naked Came the Phoenix (a serial novel by a bunch of authors, of whom I read J.D. Robb)
- Peter Pan
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
- A volume of Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales
- Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook (and I intend to get the remaining 9 volumes)
- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
- Yesterday’s Son and Time for Yesterday by A.C. Crispin
- Origin by Dan Brown (and I intend to get the other four volumes)
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- two copies of A Christmas Carol, and copies of David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and A A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- two copies of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Introduction to Shamanic Journeying by Frauke Rotwein
- all 25 volumes of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone / Alphabet mysteries (ending with Y is for Yesterday due to the author’s death)
- two volumes of Grimm’s Fairy Tales
- most of the Benjamin January Mysteries by Barbara Hambly (beginning with A Free Man of Color) – including five novellas; the rest are in the Kindle app, which list will follow…
- the Darwath trilogy, Icefalcon’s Quest, and Mother of Winter by Barbara Hambly
- two copies of Les Miserables and a copy of Notre-Dame De Paris by Victor Hugo
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
- The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, The Second Jungle Book, Short-Stories, and The Works of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling
- The Adept, books 1-3, The Temple and the Crown, and The Temple and the Stone by Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris
- Crusade of Fire, On Crusade, and Tales of the Knights Templar edited by Katherine Kurtz
- Lammas Night by Katherine Kurtz
- most of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series
- The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci – Complete
- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
- A Song of Ice and Fire (all five volumes to date) by George R.R. Martin
- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin, illustrated by Gary Gianni
- the Crystal Singer series and part of the Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
- Moby Dick, or, The Whale by Herman Melville
- Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
- Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton
- five volumes of the works of Edgar Allan Poe
- How to Break Up With YOur Phone by Catherine Price
- the complete works of J.D. Robb
- a whole bunch of books by Nora Roberts (not gonna list them, but damn near everything since she quit writing for Silhouette/Harlequin/whatever)
- Pottermore Presents…. three volumes by J.K. Rowling
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, plus separate copies of Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, the Sonnets, and Twelfth Night
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Treasure Island and one volume of the Swanston Edition of the works of Robert Louis Stevenson (need to get the rest of that!)
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- The Two Towers and The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkein (the rest is in the Kindle app)
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Then, we have the Kindle… which, coincidentally, is also an application on my iPhone!
- A copy of the script/libretto for Jekyll anD HYDE (the musical)
- Beginner’s Dutch Oven Cookbook by Mark Hansen & Matt Pelton
- The Hero’s Tale and A Tale of Heroes by Mark Hansen
- Finish your Dissertation Before You Die by Joseph Nolan, PhD
- Writing a Dissertation for Dummies
- Move the Rock of Academic Writing
- Demystifying Dissertation Writing
- How to Write an Exceptional Thesis or Dissertation
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
- Sir Kay: A Study of the Character of the Seneschal of King Arthur’s Court by Harold Jerome Herman
- A copy of the script/libretto for Oliver! (the musical)
- Magic 101 by Mercedes Lackey
- a bunch of Anne McCaffrey novels, some duplicated on the iBooks app
- The Great American Jerky Cookbook
- a 2011 Toyota Rav4 manual (I used to drive one)
- Statistics for Dummies
- Statistics Essentials for Dummies
- Lammas Night by Katherine Kurtz (yes, another copy)
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
- Gabriel’s Angel by Nora Roberts
- Lessons from the Lion, the Ox, and their Little Friends adapted from Aesop
- The Bane Chronicles, The Infernal Devices, and the City of ___ series by Cassandra Clare
- What the Fox Learnt, adapted from Aesop
- The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein
- most of the Tarzan series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
- On Masturbation by Mark Twain (don’t ask!)
- a manual for my 3D printer
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein…
and about 60 or 70 other works.
In one iPhone.
In my pocket.
At any given time.
The capacity of my iPhone is 256 GB.
I am using 214.78 GP, with 14,465 photos, 103 videos, and a bunch of audio books.
If you have limited space? I highly recommend using a mobile device to store your library. It takes up a whole lot less space!