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Have you given thought to the value of a real nice stocked library in the event of eowawki. Not only to educate the young but to rebuild. Those with technical skill sets will be in demand but to educate next generation in these expertises with text books would be a God send.
 

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I am a Bibliophile. I have a wonderful Library in my Home. My Mom taught me the value of Books when I was very young. She has more books than me, but I'm catching up quickly.:) I have Books that I don't have Bookcases for. I can't seem to gather enough of them. If I was in a Twilight Zone Episode, my name would be Romney Wordsworth.:)
 

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I am a Bibliophile. I have a wonderful Library in my Home. My Mom taught me the value of Books when I was very young. She has more books than me, but I'm catching up quickly.:) I have Books that I don't have Bookcases for. I can't seem to gather enough of them. If I was in a Twilight Zone Episode, my name would be Romney Wordsworth.:)
lol same here I have the harvard classics as well as a good number of old txtbooks from elementary school through college as well as many notable works of poetry and fiction
 

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I probably buy and read about 3 books per month. I rarely read fiction (just a waste of time to me). Most (90%) of my books are survival/sustainable living related. I get most from a used bookstore and some I get from Amazon. I never, ever sell or loan out my books. Book snob? Maybe, but I highly value my books and aren't willing to loan (aka give them away). I have an assortment:

-Farming
-Farm animals
-Wood burning
-Canning
-Preserving
-Gardening (ton of variety here)
-Health and Medical
-Water storage
-Home defense
-Gun Bible
-Army manuals
-Survival books
-Cooking (Google Depression Receipes)
-Bread making
-Soap making
-Orienteering
-Water navigation in my area
-Local maps
-Local topo maps
-Atlases
-Aerial Photos of my local area
-Bibles
-Quaran (not that I believe, but I want to know my enemies - sorry if I offend, okay, not really)

My next big purchase for the library will be the complete Fox Fire series.

One lesson is this: Just because you read a book, it doesn't make you an expert. So, I try to practice the stuff in the books. Of course, I'm not as far a long as I want to be, but again, it's a marathon, not a sprint.
 

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I have a couple of my college literature books, some gardening books, non-fiction history books and a few survival manuals
 

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I probably buy and read about 3 books per month. I rarely read fiction (just a waste of time to me). Most (90%) of my books are survival/sustainable living related. I get most from a used bookstore and some I get from Amazon. I never, ever sell or loan out my books. Book snob? Maybe, but I highly value my books and aren't willing to loan (aka give them away). I have an assortment:

-Farming
-Farm animals
-Wood burning
-Canning
-Preserving
-Gardening (ton of variety here)
-Health and Medical
-Water storage
-Home defense
-Gun Bible
-Army manuals
-Survival books
-Cooking (Google Depression Receipes)
-Bread making
-Soap making
-Orienteering
-Water navigation in my area
-Local maps
-Local topo maps
-Atlases
-Aerial Photos of my local area
-Bibles
-Quaran (not that I believe, but I want to know my enemies - sorry if I offend, okay, not really)

My next big purchase for the library will be the complete Fox Fire series.

One lesson is this: Just because you read a book, it doesn't make you an expert. So, I try to practice the stuff in the books. Of course, I'm not as far a long as I want to be, but again, it's a marathon, not a sprint.
I have found foxfire series to be worth there weight in gold lotsa good stuff there you wont regret getting them there a good read
 

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I think the following would be useful, in no particular order:

Survival manuals
Hunting/shooting/trapping books
tailoring/leatherworking/tanning books
mechanical repair manuals for small engines
gunsmithing books
alternative energy kit manuals, DIY
books for medical procedures and remedies, ranging from basic to advanced
book for the identification of edible and medicinal plants
and others
 

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I think the following would be useful, in no particular order:

Survival manuals
Hunting/shooting/trapping books
tailoring/leatherworking/tanning books
mechanical repair manuals for small engines
gunsmithing books
alternative energy kit manuals, DIY
books for medical procedures and remedies, ranging from basic to advanced
book for the identification of edible and medicinal plants
and others
sometimes its good to have some fiction too in case you want to go somewhere else for thirty minuts
 
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Survival should mean the continued cultivation of the mind so the inclusion of great literature is essential. First and foremost is the Bible then survival books and finally Austen; Buck; Shakespeare; Paine; etc.:thumb:
 

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I have over 700 books in my library, mostly hardcover (I'm kind of a snob that way), some books you just can't get in hard cover. I keep an inventory on my computer that I print out from time to time.

LIBRARY DOCUMENT INDEX:

LIBRARY1 = ARCHAEOLOGY, DISCOVERY, GEOGRAPHY, AND NATURAL WONDERS
LIBRARY2 = BIOGRAPHIES AND POLITICS
LIBRARY3 = HISTORY, MILITARY, AND PHILOSOPHY
LIBRARY4 = GARDENING, HERBS, COOKING, MEDICAL, AND SURVIVAL
LIBRARY5 = DICTIONARIES, ENCYCLOPEDIAS, AND GENERAL REFERENCE
LIBRARY6 = ART & LITERATURE
LIBRARY7 = SCIENCE, AND SPACE
 

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For me, it started off with manuals and such on survival, prepping, and such. Then, as I read them, I saw the recommendations for other stuff and started to collect those as well. From there, more general information books, education, entertainment, and the like.

I recently had to replace the book shelf in my stores room since it was not only full but overloaded. The new one is twice the width and already approaching full.
 

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I have hundreds.Everything from medical texts(50 or so of these), to relics from my lackluster attempt at an engineering degree( 100 hrs down the tubes),to Whitman,Frank Herbert.Normaly buy two or three a month. Then there are the times I really get into something and buy half a dozen on one subject or in one series.
 

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Have you given thought to the value of a real nice stocked library in the event of eowawki. Not only to educate the young but to rebuild.
Yes I have given thought about that and even bought a survival library and have added to it over the years, since 1982.

At the end of this post are some of the titles of some of the latest books I have bought and read. I have also downloaded quite a few books onto my computer.

The pic below shows the 100 book survival library on microfiche that I bought for $125 in 1985.

I read most of these books and looked over all of them. I could say much about all of these books but the titles tell enough about them for now. If anyone has any questions just ask and I will tell what I can about these books.

I have this survival library on microfiche stored in my underground bunker on my remote mtn retreat almost 200 miles from where I am right now, so it is not possible to access these books until I go up there in June.


These microfiche are 3x5 sheets of plastic which some of the books are on only one sheet. I can hold all 100 plus books in one hand as the pic below shows the small plastic container that holds all of these microfiche. I use a Cube microfiche reader as well as a field hand held reader. I bought this microfiche survival library in 1985 and used it a lot until 1999 when I got on the net. It should last for more than 100 years unless melted.
I also have quite a few paper books mainly on survival but various topics, non-survival fiction also.




Here is a pic and the link that tells some about the Cube microfiche reader that I have and that I can still use to read the microfiche library > http://www.microcolour.com/mci064.htm I think I paid at least $200 for this Cube microfiche reader which also includes a hand held field reader.





Here is the index card that is inside the plastic box that holds all 100 microfiche books. The print is small on both sides of the card. But these are all of the books in the 100 book Survival Library >

I am going to put the 100 series at the end for it is the most hardcore of all of the books. I also will not give the full title to one or two of the books in the 100 series.

What is written on the index card >>


200 Series - Energy Production

204 - How to Build a Junkyard Still


300 Series - Food & Gardening

304 - Survival Poaching
305 - Survival Food, Plus
307 - Living off the Land, City and Country
310 - Natural Foods Storage Bible


400 Series - General

406 - Survival Bartering
407 - The Survivor, Vol. 1
408 - The Survivor, Vol. 2
409 - The Survivor, Vol. 3
410 - The Survivor, Vol. 4
411 - The Survivor, Vol. 5 The Survivor - written by Kurt Saxon


500 Series - Medical

501 - Nursing Procedures Manual
503 - Ship's Medicine Chest & Medical Aid at Sea
506 - Wilderness Medicine
507 - Medicines Like Grandad Used to Make
509 - Survival Childbirth
510 - Being Your Own Wilderness Doctor


600 Series - Survival

601 - Trailside Shelters
602 - Survival - A.F. Training Edition
603 - The Best of Woodsmoke
604 - You Can Stay Alive
605 - NBC Warfare - Defense Ashore & Afloat
606 - Emergency Survival Packs
607 - National Search & Rescue Manual
608 - Effects of Nuclear War
609 - Survival Evasion and Escape
610 - Air Force Survival Manual
612 - Project: Readiness
613 - Infantry Platoon & Squad
614 - Basic Cold Weather Manual
615 - Camoflage - Basic Principles
616 - Skills for Survival
617 - Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain
618 - Tactical Deception
619 - Mountain Operations
621 - Scout Dog Training
622 - Life After Doomsday
623 - The Poor Mans James Bond
624 - Chemical/Biological Warfare Survival
625 - Mantrapping
626 - Better Read than Dead
627 - Alive in the Desert
628 - Protection and Security
629 - Guerilla Warfare
630 - Get Tough
631 - Below the Belt
632 - Duty Free
633 - Backcountry Basics
634 - SWAT Tactics
635 - SWAT Team Manual
636 - Orienteering
637 - Ninja Death Touch - better than the title sounds
639 - Urban Alert
640 - Beginners Guide to Family Preparedness
641 - Shelter/Refuge Defense
642 - Modern Camoflage
644 - Tappan on Survival
645 - Nuclear War Survival Skills = the best all around one imho - link > www.oism.org/nwss
646 - High Risk Areas


700 Series - Technical

701 - Tanning Skins and Furs
703 - Mountainman Crafts and Skills
715 - Basic Machines
716 - Electric Motor and Generator Repair
718 - Grandads Wonderful Book of Chemistry
721 - Carpenter
723 - Secret Hiding Places
729 - Tool Making - 1905
730 - Steam Engine Design
731 - Machine Tools of 1885
732 - Patternmaking 1905
733 - How to Run Three Phase Motors on Single Phase Power
734 - How to Design and Build a 200 Amp Arc Welder
735 - Silver Recovery Methods
736 - Blacksmith Shop and Iron Forging
737 - Steam Engines
738 - Alternator Secrets
739 - Power Inverter Technology
740 - Secrets of Lead Acid Batteries


100 Series - Guns & Xplosves


102 - Special Forces Foreign Weapons
103 - Survival Guns
105 - Home Workshop Silencers I
106 - Home Workshop Guns I
108 - Home Workshop Guns II
109 - Auto & Concealable Firearms Design Handbook I
110 - Auto & Concealable Firearms Design Handbook II
111 - Auto & Concealable Firearms Design Handbook III
115 - Training the Gunfighter
127 - Black Book Vol. I
128 - Black Book Vol. II
129 - CIA Improvised Sabtge Devices
130 - CIA Field Expedient Incendiary Manual
131 - Improvised Rocket Motors
132 - Improvised Munitions
133 - Improvised Batteries and D Devices
134 - Improvised xplsves
135 - Evaluation of Improvised Shaped chrges
136 - Black Book Vol. III
137 - xplsvs and Propellants
138 - Improvised Shaped Chrgs
139 - Two Component High x Mixtures



And that is all of the 100 book Survival Library on microfiche that I bought for $125 in 1985.

Hope everyone can find those books if they wish to read them. Not sure if all of them are still in print or available though. Someday many might not be available to the public. Plz tell if any of you have read most or all of these or even not seen some of these titles before.


I also have many paper books and survival magazines such as American Survival Guide and books such as One Man's Wilderness
The $50 and Up Underground House Book
Naked in the Wilderness
Where There is No Doctor and Where There is No Dentist
The Reader's Digest Back to Basics
Paper copy of "Nuclear War Survival Skills" which was my first survival book I bought in 1982.

and that is only a few of the many books and articles I own and have read over the years.
 

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I read in one of my manuals once that you should get two copies of any piece of literature you want to survive the event and put one in your shelter library and one is secure storage.

This is when I acquired things like a couple Bibles, a couple copies of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, assorted Law Books, and other works in addition to manuals and text books.

Another good piece of advice is to store works directly relating to your profession and specific schooling, so one day you could teach someone else how to do what you do. I put a bunch of my university texts away.
 

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I think a well stocked survival library is a high-priority preparation. Especially ones that teach valuable skills like medical, dental, mechanical, agricultural, metallurgical, carpentry, etc.

In a TEOTWAWKI, you'll need to be all these things in one, there will be no Google or local Votech to teach you.


I think it might be valuable to keep some US and World history books around, along with some basic books about music and art...in case you have to train up a generation of children who won't know that world.
 

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I have many a many survival type books and reference books on animals and plants. I have medical guide books also, however I keep them put up because of the price of them.
My mother in-law and sister in-law have all sorts of children's learning books for math, grammar, and science.
My wife (mainly) and me (somewhat) plan on being able to help educate the kids in the immediate family should the SHTF.
Here is a few of the books I have, my so called mini-library.












And who could forget to have one of these?
 

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I've bought a lot of survival related books. I've got lots of fiction and other things as well. I enjoy reading a lot. I keep all my Grit and Mother Earth News and other prepper magazines for future reference as well. I look forward to kicking back!
 

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i think books wont be that hard to come by. depends on disaster but unless somone purpisfully looks for books to distray a lot of them will still be around the cities sorry for short awnser need 5 for reguler user rights
 
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