~ Now that so many books are being published, choosing what to read can be overwhelming. My advice is to stick with the classics and then branch out to newer authors. The same books are recommended over and over for a reason.
~ The fact that so many books are published now creates other problems. There are simply too many beginner books. So many times you buy what you think will be a great book and it is. Unfortunately it is simply a rewording of everything you already know.
~ Another problem created by the overwhelming amount of published books is that you become more of a collector than a reader. I have a shelf that almost reaches the ceiling that is filled with books on paganism, witchcraft, and Wicca. Have I read all of them? Nope, I haven't.
~ Sometimes a book isn't well written or the author lacks credibility. I am currently reading a book by a newer author who actually claims that she has never met a witch that wasn't also a Wiccan. The fact that this author got something that is basic Wicca 101 knowledge wrong is alarming. I'm hesitant to read the rest of the book.
~ Learning from a book is far different from learning from a real person, group, or coven. You can't ask a book questions. A book doesn't provide companionship. A book doesn't make it a bonding experience. And a book is a lousy conversationalist during Cakes and Ale.
~ Finding a book beyond Beginning 101 is a challenge. They do exist but sometimes a book that claims it is advanced is really just more beginner stuff. I've found the reverse too. Books that are supposed to be for beginners but contains something too advanced for someone new to the Craft.
~ You may find yourself reading about paganism, witchcraft, and Wicca more than actually practicing paganism, witchcraft, and Wicca.
~ Books cost money. When you end up collecting them like I do, it really adds up. I hold off buying fancy tools that I want because I claim they cost too much money. Yet I've spent hundreds on books.
~ Books can keep you from doing the most basic things of your practice like meditation or spending time in nature. I can't tell you how many times I have stayed inside reading a book and then realized my time would have been better spent enjoying the beautiful day outside. Sometimes I do get smart and at least take the book outside.
~ Books don't last forever. I've had to replace them from overuse, because I spilled things on them, and because my dog ate them. When you've used a particular book for years in your practice you grow attached to it. I still miss the first copy of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk that I bought when I was first learning about witchcraft. Yes I know they make ebooks now, but I'm a purist.
~ Books kill trees. I've always found it ironic that I'm practicing a nature spirituality but my favorite thing to learn from is destroying forests. Maybe it's time I stopped being a purist and buy ebooks. I'd feel less guilty about the trees.