RE: Hit the road
...by the time I'm retirement age ... they might have invented some means to fit our library in a motor home. :-)
We've been collecting CDs of as much of our library as we can. A surprisingly large number of books are available on CD, or in downloadable forms that can be burnt onto a CD.
I've written to John off-list about two close friends who recently conducted a similar adventure. They solved the "what to read" problem in two ways.
* Advance planning
Each of them got letters of reference from their local librarians (town public library and the corporate libraries of their employers) saying that they had been good library patrons since 19whatever, always returned books on time and never damaged anything. They expected to be able to borrow books from public, university, corporate, museum, hospital and other specialty libraries in most places they perched, just by showing their home library card and a copy of the reference letters. The few times they tried it out, it worked. Several times when we visited them in the course of their travels (San Diego, Minneapolis and a small town near Anchorage) they introduced us to their new 'local' librarian. In Alaska, I was able to borrow several books books from the tiny town library because our friends vouched for us!
The reason they used the letters of reference less than they planned was that just about every RV park they stayed in had a 'take one, leave one' collection of books, jigsaw puzzles and games. The books covered every genre, including how-to books on RV repair, guidebooks for the area, poetry, academic texts, and fiction. There always seemed to be a large number of mystery, science fiction and historical fiction available.
So...unless you plan on boondocking in the middle of Death Valley or the Boundary Waters, you shouldn't have any trouble finding general reading material. Save your valuable shelf space for style guides, dictionaries, and computer repair manuals.
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