The other day, I was going through my bookcases to dust and noticed quite a few books that had been signed by the author, which of course, is really neat. I received many from book store signings, authors, contests or friends and those copies have never been read. In many instances I purchased a few duplicates, but there are still some that remain untouched.
As a bookworm, it's a total thrill for me to receive a novel that has been personally signed by the author and specified for me, so I just don't have the heart to mess it up in any way. It's personal and has to stay in pristine condition. I'd rather spend the money to get another copy when possible, than to take that chance.
What about you? Do you treasure your signed copies and never read them? Do you read them and keep them in a special place? Does it matter?