This is a big deal for me right now, I'm undertaking a huge book clear out again, which is probably the third or fourth time in as many months.
So I'm investigating ways to overcome this and I wonder if anyone had any ideas.
So far the two that are standing out for me are that I'll not buy a book if I can get an audiobook of it for iPod or an electronic copy on kindle or some other sort of thing, I definitely have to do some research into the later options because I despite owning and using a kindle for a while I know I dont find it as easy as simply buying, shelving, opening or reading an actual book and until it is as easy I'll not do that.
I've started with monthly clearences and I'm getting rid of books which I've not looked at or to within a complete year, I find its easy to clear out books which have been part of some fad or phase which I've already gone through, sometimes if I've read two or three books on a particular topic I'll decide I really dont need to read the third or fourth book on the topic I bought at the time I first became interested in it.
Obvioulsy not visiting Amazon or sites like Amazon and not opening the promotional e-mails from the same is part of this too.
Reducing my time online too, in theory this is going to permit me more time to read books and in theory most of the books I have which are cluttering up the place are not "keepers" they are merely gathering dust because I've not been able to get aroudn to reading them and have gotten another book or twenty in between times and am reading them instead.
Using a library instead of buying books, that's really not easy, I know no one is going to believe me but this has proven impossible to me in the past, I either cant read to the schedule which is someone elses or they dont have the selection of books I need (the later is the bigger issue).