When we moved from NJ to Florida we boxed up all our books, weighed them, and mailed them so we could just throw the rest of our stuff in the car and drive. I learned that a box of books averages 25 to 40 pounds.
That was the first of 6 moves over the following seven years.
Subsequent moves averaged 10 boxes of books for me and approximately 30 boxes for Jaru. That's over half a ton of books. And that's not including the bookcases. Each move involves schlepping that half-ton of books twice -- once into the truck, and once up to the apartment.
And it's not just during moves. You end up with a wall piled with boxes of books that every two months or so need to be re-arranged when you have to get to an outlet or adjust some furniture.
Then just last week I had to drag a 50 pound boxed bookcase up to our apartment and spend four hours punching little plastic bits through holes in cheap press-board to assemble it.
I am fucking ready to see the book as technology vanish into my personal rear-view mirror.
I'll miss the cotton gin more than I'll miss books. At least the cotton gin hasn't personally tried to kill me.