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Discussion: Books at the Beach

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How protective are you of your books? Do you cringe at the idea of lending them to others? Do you fear dog-eared corners and cracked spines or worse- water damage?

I ask because this morning I faced a dilemma. Do I take books into one of the most dangerous environments known to paper? The BEACH. Duh duh DUH.


To cut the suspense, yes, I packed the library book I was in the middle of (Illusive) and a paperback in case I finished/got bored. (Side note: the library book has a lovely plastic cover on the outside and, aside from a grain of sand here and there, sustained zero damage. :) ) But I'm curious. Summer means visits to the beach or pool or lake or some body of water. Which usually means sand and/or splashing.

I thought about taking my Nook, but sand and water are just as dangerous to it, and if I want to take a walk...I admit I'm a little worried about leaving my stuff alone and unwatched, especially electronics. But you take all the same risks with library books and personal books.

Do you have special rules for what can go to the beach/pool?

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  1. My only rule is take a physical copy book! Leaving your electronics behind is a dangerous idea!

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    1. Haha, I'm glad I'm not the only one who's paranoid about that stuff. :)

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    1. Yep, that's pretty much my policy! ...Unless I'm reading a REALLY good book on the Nook and NEED to find out what happens next. ;)

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  3. Agreed, no ebook kindle. I'm fine with taking actual books.

    But I am a no dog-earing, no spine creasing person. I let a friend borrow my fav book once and she got it water damaged *cries*

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    1. I never dog-ear, though I'm not as tough on creased spines. (Some of them are just bound too tightly. It can't be avoided.) Oh no! I hate to say it, but I had something similar happen. I felt a little bad about it, but I'm pretty sure I referred that person to the library thereafter.

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  4. I'll bring a book to the beach - like a mass market paperback but not one that I value like a hardback. And never my kindle!!

    See I don't trust library books - because they don't belong to the person they will do all sorts of nasty things with it....like take it into the bathroom. *shivers*

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    1. No library books, or you just don't trust them? I figured a bookworm like you would raid the library and leave with several bags every week. ;)

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