|Some of the books I'm proud to admit I own.|
My bookshelves also hold books that I haven't gotten around to you. It's harder for me to ignore a book that stares me in the face every day, so I stock my shelves with classic works that I really want to read (after I get through the fun stuff). The problem with this system is that you don't always get around to those books and you have the problems that Jonathan O'Brien ran into in this blog post.
My digital "bookshelves" are a mess. I only have the option to sort books by author, title, or most recent on my kind. The collections are pointless. With iBooks, I can sort books however I want. But neither set is as browsable as my bookshelves. When I don't know what to read, I stand in front of one of the six cases, moving slowly as my eyes read the spines, until something jumps out at me. Skimming my digital shelves doesn't have the same languorous feeling. On the other hand, I love having my iPad with all those books preloaded when I travel. Oh well, that's modern reader life for you.
Getting back to my original point, how will we show people our inner lives without bookshelves?
* Just a little. I'm not a book snob. I'll tease you if you own a copy of Twilight before I start asking what you thought of the books on your shelves and which you'd recommend.