Inspired by Mary953 My favorite "hard" asset
A while ago I blogged about the Kindle. I checked recently to see if there were any comments I had missed. I liked Mary's comment about traveling hundreds of miles to see a rare book only available at the Library of Congress. I don't collect rare books, but once my husband bought a book for 75 cents that was worth $150. We probably have about 2000 books total: some of which would be hard to replace since they aren't in print any more and not available on the Kindle. (Before you get rid of any hardback children's books be sure to check their worth on alibris or amazon, you might be surprised what you have!)
Resale value aside, what I appreciate most about books are the way they have enriched me personally. There is nothing like a well furnished mind--I'm still working on mine :).