How To Properly Store Books by @JoanReeves #mgtab

Writers are die-hard readers first and foremost, and we know how to properly store books.

In fact, we probably buy more books than the average reader, and many of us have massive home libraries.

Whether you’re talking an online bookseller or a brick and mortar store, we find it had to pass them by without browsing the sale books, new releases, and collectibles.

I’ve written before about how to remove the smell from books one may buy in a musty used book store. Today, I thought I’d talk about how to store books properly. At the end of this post, I’ll even talk about the proper storage of ebooks since so many of us now prefer to read those because of convenience and the inexpensive price point.

Print Books Rule

If you’re like me, you have a considerable financial investment in printed books that comprise your home library. Actually, according to recent book sale statistics, softcover and hardcover print books are rising in popularity.

I’ve lost many readers because they tell me they read only print. They love the feel of the printed pages, and digital just doesn’t give them the same feel. (I plan to get all my backlist in new print editions by the end of January 2020 if not before.)

Our personal book collections are more valuable than we realize. If you add up the amount you have invested in your personal library, you might be stunned by the tally. Protect your library by storing your books properly.

5 Tips on Storing Your Print Books

1. Store books upright to prevent warping. It’s always best to completely fill the book shelf so they are supported on each end. If you don’t have enough books to do this, be sure to use strong bookends.

2. Keep food and beverages away from books because insects, along with heat and humidity, are a book’s worst enemies. Cockroaches, silverfish, and carpet beetle larvae, better known as—you guessed it—the bookworm are attracted to the smallest residue of nutrients. Keep your books clean, cool, dry, and nutrient-free.

3. Use bookmarks to hold your place in a book. (Roses are not appropriate bookmarks.) Do not dog ear the page (I am so guilty of this!) or lay the book down, open-faced (Sigh. I do this too.) which will damage the spine of the book.

4. Books aren’t double-jointed. Never “crack” one open, that is, don’t force it open past its own natural angle.

5. The purpose of the dust jacket, the paper cover that comes on hardbacks, is to keep the book from becoming soiled and to protect it from wear and tear. Never discard it because if you think you may hang on to it as a collectible, the lack of a dust cover lowers its value.

It’s okay to remove the dust jacket, as long as you follow Rule #2, so as not to tatter it while reading the book, but return it to the book when you finish reading.

How To Store Ebooks

Stuff as many as possible into your selected digital reading device as often as possible. You’ll find hundreds available from the Authors of Authors Billboard. Just look at the Home Page for some suggestions and subscribe to our Friday weekly newsletter to see new releases and ebooks on sale.

*LOL* Okay, that’s not really a rule, but an ereader stores your ebooks without your doing much more than downloading the ebook. Plus, you don’t have to dust the books on your digital shelf. Anything that gets me out of dusting is a good thing.

For your consideration, try my romantic comedy Just One Look.

Here’s what a recent  Review said: “This story gripped me and didn’t let go. I finished it in five hours! It was fast-paced and filled with emotion and very HOT moments. The hero — Matt — is delicious and sweet. And confident. Very enjoyable read.”

Seriously, it’s never too late to learn the proper way to do something. Make new book handling habits today and teach them to your children.

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10 Great Romance Movies by Joan Reeves #mgtab

Although I love making video trailers, I don’t fancy myself to be a movie maker by any means, but perhaps my love of movies inspires by video book trailers.

Recently, I bought a copy of one of my favorite romance movies of all time, The Love Letter starring Campbell Scott and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Many years ago, I happened upon this Hallmark movie late one night when I was channel surfing because of insomnia.

Made in 1998, the story is about a man who buys an antique desk and finds a hidden compartment containing letters written by a woman who lived during the Civil War.

Oh, what a romantic, poignant time travel story the movie was. It took me a long time before the DVD was available. I had it in my Amazon Wish list for a long time but didn’t want to pay the SRP. To my surprise, the price dropped to less than $10.00 last week. My copy was delivered today!

Subjective Taste

It’s funny how some things catch our imagination and speak to us so eloquently. However, movies, like books appeal subjectively to people. Since we’re all romance fans on this website, I wondered how many of my personal favorites “speak” to you. So here’s my list of romance movies I love that I think have stood the test of time. I chose the ones that you probably won’t find on film critics’ lists. They’re not in any special order because prioritizing the list would be completely impossible.

1. The Love Letter, 1998.

2. Ladyhawke, 1985. Starring a young Rutger Hauer who looks like a fallen angel with his blond hair and piercing blue eyes. Two lovers who can never be reunited.

3. The Last of the Mohicans, 1992. Starring a gorgeous long-haired Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe as Cora, with a stirring musical score that still gives me goosebumps.

4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, can’t leave those out!

5. Notting Hill, 1999. So funny and so romantic with Hugh Grant as the diffident would-be lover of a famous movie star.

6. Love Actually, 2003. Hugh Grant got a promotion to Prime Minister, a politician who meets his Waterloo on the day he arrives at 10 Downing Street. A talented ensemble cast with separate stories that are funny, heartwarming, and poignant. 

7.  American Dreamer, 1984. JoBeth Williams and Tom Conti. Frustrated writer stuck with a husband who doesn’t “get her” wins a trip to Paris, gets mugged, and wakes up thinking she is her favorite fictional heroine. Funny, romantic, and memorable. (I’ve got a copy.)

8. Something New, 2006. Opposites, landscaper and CPA, attract resulting in a delightful, emotional romance. Stars Simon Baker and Sanaa Lathan.

9. The Holiday, 2006. Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, and Jack Black. Sometimes you have to go across the pond to find Love. Funny and romantic, my favorite combination.

10. The Jane Austen Book Club, 2007, with an ensemble cast of Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Amy Brenneman, Marc Blucas, Jimmy Smits, Emily Blunt, and Hugh Dancy. I absolutely adore this movie.

Looking for Romance?

If you’re looking for a romantic movie, try some of the ones on my list. For romance novels, drop by our Authors’ Billboard Books page where you’ll find stunning romance collections at amazingly low prices.

Have a great summer filled with Romance!