Should We Own Multiple Editions of the Same Book? CONS
As with everything, there are pros and cons of owning multiple editions of the same book. Even if we really really love the book. These are the cons. You can find the post 'Should We Own Multiple Editions of the Same Book? PROS' here.
I wish I could house a library in my room, I really do. The sad fact is I need the room for other things, like doing homework and sleeping and having a place to actually read the books that I've accumulated. If I have three editions of one book, that means I'll have one less book that I'll be able to fit into my room - and that poses a dilemma. Out of these two books that I adore, which one should I get rid of? This one, that I have two other copies of OR this one, which is the only one I own. Usually the second option, which a) is a waste of money and b) makes me a little sad. Also, hardbacks take up like double of what some paperbacks do. SO theres that.
Causes you to ignore other (possibly amazing) books!
Wandering around the bookshop is always fun, you get to pick up new and exciting books that you haven't seen before or you find books that you already know and love! However if you've only got the budget for one book, you wont be able to pick up that new book with the really pretty cover and kick ass synopsis. You miss out!
Expensive as hell
Usually, when we have a second edition of a book, it ends up being hardback. Um, I don't know how much hardcovers are where you live - but where I am they can be anything from $30 - $50. Yeah, it's a lot. If you use something like book depository or online second hand shops then you can get them a tad cheaper, but there are loads of different factors that come into that. Wait time, if the book will get damaged on the way, if the book has missing pages, the cover, the age and so many other things (I'm picky, I know). Personally, I would much rather buy five / six paperbacks than two hardback books of the same book.
Forces us to focus on more materialistic things
I mean, usually they all have the same content aside from bonuses. Do we really NEED those other books? This might not be a con for some people, but in my opinion we it comes down to it, books are supposed to be about the experience that we get when reading them. Not about how good they look on your shelves. Sure, taking pictures and looking at the books might be fun, but does it enhance your experience? Does it bring something new to the table?
Can take away the opportunity for others to discover the book
If you already have it but it's in a sale and the only one left - you have to consider your options. If you're doing it to support the author, think about whether you (already a fan I'm assuming) buying the book would be more beneficial to them or whether someone new (with possibilities to convert into a fan) buying the book would be even better. You wouldn't even need to lend it to them! They would buy it themselves and you would still be able to chat about books with them (if you wanted to).
You could sell the second edition to afford more books
I do this quite often actually. I know that if I have more than one version of a book, that I'm never going to be able to read them both at the same time (I mean duh) - I have two editions of the queen of the tearling and I haven't even touched the paper back. Although having said that, the queen of the tearling is probably the one pair of books that I'm never going to sell because whenever I go online they're always super rare? I don't know if I'm waiting for them to become even more rare so that I can sell them for extra, or if I'm just worried that they'll stop being produced. A pair of books that I have sold though, is Jenny Han's series ps. I still love you. I sold the paperbacks and managed to buy the hardback versions of them! More strength, although less ease of travel.
So do you think we should own more than one edition of the same book? If you haven't read the pros that I've written out, click here so you can get more of a balanced overview! Oh, and feel free to add any other con that you can think of.