Musing About Things: Multiple Copies of the Same Book


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

So today’s topic is: Do you own multiple copies of the same book?

So this came up when I was shopping for books and I was super tempted to buy another copy of Pride and Prejudice (even though I already own two copies) because I loved the Vintage Penguin Classic cover. And I thought to myself, can I really justifiably buy another copy even though I have one? And my decision was: no, I’m unfortunately too broke for this (at the moment). But duuude, when I have money, I’ll own all the copiessssss!!



I think it’s more with the classics, but I’m always tempted to buy multiple copies because they keep releasing all these fabulous new covers (and I probably will when I have a real job, ha.)

And it’s not always just classics that tempt me to buy doubles. As you know, sometimes and US version and the UK version of books are different but both equally pretty, so how do you resist not getting both?!? Oh and than when special/collector’s edition comes out but you already bought a normal copy, do you buy another one?  Why book publishers, why! Why do you tempt me so!?!?


I really think the only thing restraining me is my lack of funds, ha.


So are you one for owning multiple copies of the same book? Do you need all the versions!? (I think I would if I really loved that book.)

Is it mostly classics or whatever catches your fancy?


Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Musing About Things: Multiple Copies of the Same Book”

  1. Well, I don’t keep physical books anymore, so no, I don’t have multiples. The only multiple copies I have are win ebook and audiobook formats, but I try not to.

    1. I’m so impressed that you don’t have any physical copies!

  2. The only series I’ve done this with is Harry Potter and I justify it because I read it so often! I have the UK children paperback version, the Stephen Fry audio books, a set of gorgeous covers that came out last year and half the adult hardback UK set. I’m trying to get books 1-4 of that to complete the set!

    1. Haha, I think the HP series is always justifiable to have multiple copies! Hope you complete the set soon!

  3. I do own a couple of multiple copes but not cause I bought them but because the publisher sent me the same thing I think if it’s a favorite book then there is nothing wrong with collecting the book with different covers. 🙂

    1. It’s hard to resist all the pretty covers, especially of favourite books, haha!

  4. I own multiple copies of several books. I just have a hard time saying no to books in general, though, rather than the need to own all the covers of a particular book.

    1. I know what you mean! It definitely doesn’t help when I’m a sucker for pretty covers too, aha.

  5. I do have a few duplicate copies, but only because I won them with other books. I don’t have a problem turning a blind eye to cover changes because if I already own a copy then I won’t consider buying it again.

    1. That’s probably a good thing! I hate it when my series/covers don’t match, but I’m usually too poor to buy new books, haha.

  6. The only multiple copies I have are vintage Night Before Christmas. I don’t buy books if I can help it. I spent along time moving every year and it just became too much to drag them around when I never re-read.

    1. Arg, yes moving a ton books would be a pain.They’re so heavy! I have little will power resisting different vintage covers of classics/older books.

  7. I generally don’t buy duplicate copies of the same book unless there’s a special reason. For example, I got a leather, bound copy of To Kill A Mockingbird as a gift because the giver knew it is one of my favorites and that I’d enjoy having it on my shelf. I’m not sure I’d read it because it’s so nice…that’s what my older paperback copy is for.

    What can get my goat is when a series changes covers mid-way through publication. If I’ve picked up the first two or three books and then the cover design changes, it can be kind of annoying.

    1. I’m kind of the same, I would love to lots of duplicates, but usually I only have them for special reasons, too. I definitely wouldn’t mind a leather bound copy of To Kill a Mockingbird!

      Arg, yes! That’s so frustrating – don’t they know that people hate that!

  8. I can’t think of any books that I have multiple copies of, I have enough trouble shelving all the ones I do have. I can see the temptation though with the nice covers of classics because I wouldn’t want to read them ‘just in case’ so I’d need an old battered copy too. Great choice of subject for todays musing – here is mine

    1. Books somehow always seem to overflow don’t they? haha. That’s like my copies of Pride and Prejudice. One old battered copy for reading, one to look pretty on the shelf!

  9. I don’t think it’s so much that I have to own multiple paper copies, but if I loved an ebook, I’ll buy a print copy because I want it to look pretty on my shelves. I like to show off my book children.

    1. Hhaha yes, I love having physical copies so I can show them off too!

  10. I have bought multiple copies and formats of The Fellowship of the Rings, paperback, hard back, leather bound, cassette tape, CD, audio book and Video – Just love that book mind I began buying them back in the 50s . Also have mulitple copies of classics because inherited my parents and grandparents books and they overlap with stuff I bought for myself over the decades – yes I have too many & then there are the ones bought because of mistakes, and those dratted cover changes confusing moi!!:)

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