For more bookish thoughts go to Booking Through Thursday.
'Up until recently, people could browse your bookshelves and learn a lot about you - what your interests are, your range of topics, favourite authors, how much you read (or at least buy books).
More and more though, this is changing. people aren't buying books so much as borrowing them from the library. Or reading them on their e-readers or computers. There's nothing PHYSICAL on the shelves to tell strangers in your home, for better or worse, who you ARE'. Do you think this is a good thing? Bad? Discuss!
To answer the question, well I don't have many strangers in my home, but if I did there's plenty of evidence in the form of books to tell them who I am (although as I have a pretty eclectic collection they'd probably be hard-pressed to come up with a definitive character analysis!).
And I think people still buy books, I know I do. I like browsing in bookshops, and I always make for the books in charity shops. I like having the physical object in my hands, I like being able to scribble thoughts or notes as I'm reading. I like being able to read in bed and not worry about a Kindle falling on the floor or onto my face! I like old books in which a previous owner has left a forgotten postcard or list as a bookmark so that I get a peek into the life of another who has read and enjoyed it. I just like books.