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Book poll

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How many books are there in your house?

Mean: 2757.58 Median: 2500 Std. Dev 1966.08
0(0.0%)
0
2(6.1%)
500
2(6.1%)
1000
6(18.2%)
1500
3(9.1%)
2000
3(9.1%)
2500
3(9.1%)
3000
3(9.1%)
3500
0(0.0%)
4000
2(6.1%)
4500
1(3.0%)
5000
5(15.2%)
5500
1(3.0%)
6000
1(3.0%)
6500
0(0.0%)
7000
0(0.0%)
7500
0(0.0%)
8000
1(3.0%)
8500
0(0.0%)
9000
0(0.0%)
9500
0(0.0%)
10000
0(0.0%)

ie to the nearer point. So if you have fewer than 250, that would be "0"; if you have 300, that would be "500". Approximations / reasonable guesses are fine!

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frandowdsofa
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
I've catalogued approx 4000, which are the main fiction and my cookery books. Still to go: anthologies and non-fiction. So 6000 sounds about right.
wellinghall
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
That sounds a reasonable way of estimating. I used to have all our Tolkien, other fantasy, and sf in separate catalogues, but I haven't been keeping them up to date.
muuranker
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
I am guessing that around 1,000 of the total (just over 6,000) are in this house. On reflection, probably closer to 500 than 1000.
wellinghall
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thus telling me how many books are in both your houses. Thank you!
ladyofastolat
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
So far, I have 502 on Libraything, and Pellinor has 389, but there are whole uncharted tracts of shelf that neither of us have got to yet (and there's also a small amount of overlap, since we both claim Diana Wynne Jones and certain children's books.) So who knows? Coincidentally, earlier this evening, I surveyed our shelves, and said "that's a ridiculously large amount of books." "Not as many as lots of other people have," Pellinor reassured me. So it's nice to have proof. :-)
wellinghall
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Your guess sounds entirely reasonable.
gramarye1971
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
I've combined 'my books', which include the ones currently in my place and the ones in my bedroom at the Parental Abode, and ended up rounding down to the nearer point. ^_^
wellinghall
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
That sounds fine :-)
nineveh_uk
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
I have not included the parental abode stash, because goodness knows how many are there!
wellinghall
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the additional information!
sally_maria
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Of course, that's mostly Dad's 7000 or so. I think I have about 1000.
wellinghall
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
All additional information very gratefully received!

ETA: But have you actually voted yet?

Edited at 2010-06-04 06:36 pm (UTC)
sally_maria
Jun. 4th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
I thought I had, but obviously not. I have now. :-)
inamac
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
We used to measure it in 'shelf space' - there's about 150 feet of shelves in the study - say 10 books to the foot...

Though adding in all the other rooms, and the garage and storage facility 4500 begins to look conservative...

And I do know where most of them are (managed to lay my hands on 1066 And All That very easily).
wellinghall
Jun. 4th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
I used to know where all our books were. Then we moved house.
inzilbeth_liz
Jun. 4th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
No idea! Somewhere over 5,000 at least but they're all over the house so it's hard to guess.
wellinghall
Jun. 4th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
5,000 will do pretty well for an answer.

*is jealous*
philmophlegm
Jun. 4th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Very rough estimate 2,200. That's not including RPG books.

I'm intrigued as to where these people with many times more books than we have put them all. We have a relatively big house with two rooms dedicated as libraries (one for the books, one for the RPGs). I doubt we could accommodate 10,000 without looking at loft conversions or extensions.
wellinghall
Jun. 4th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. And I was wondering the same thing.
bunn
Jun. 4th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, we could easily! You only say that because you like the books to have their own rooms, if we shelved in the bedrooms and living room we could fit in loads more.
lil_shepherd
Jun. 4th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Very much a guestimate. There are over 2,000 listed on LibraryThing, but they don't include all the SF collection or all the detective collection or all the reference books. On the other hand, they include graphic novels.

I have included the books in boxes in Big Yellow.

What's more, every now and then we get rid of lots of fiction we're not going to read again.
parrot_knight
Jun. 4th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Probably about 750! I've never listed them using LibraryThing, but perhaps I should...
didiusjulianus
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Which one?!

(Absolutely no idea whatever the criteria, and have no intention of wading into the garage and kids' rooms and understairs cupboard and not sure at what point a thick pamphlet becomes a thin book. MUST be in 4 figures though, although the number of MY books currently out and in stages of being read (or ready to read imminently) is more like 20.

What about ebooks? What about libraries of ebooks that I am subscribed to...?
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