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Jun 22, 2011, 9:46am Top

Was just wondering what the average age of folio society devotees is. I'm 22 and just joined. I think i have spent my whole scholarship on FS books. Was worth it though ;p

Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 3:59pm Top

I'm 64 physical and 43 mental (I just did a test on facebook that told me so).

I put my age in the original thread.

Jun 22, 2011, 10:28am Top

However many years older since the last time this question was asked. :-)

Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 1:01pm Top

Wow, it's been quite awhile since that thread was active! I've crossed into a whole new decade since then! (Turned 30 a couple of months ago...)

(ETA: posted in original thread)

Jun 22, 2011, 11:10am Top

I'm 24. I didn't expect so many of us young'uns in here actually, nice that we're still reading when the newspapers say we're all out binge drinking or staying in vegetating to glee (no offence to alcoholics or fans of sickly American TV shows) :-P

>1 d-b:
I know exactly what you mean about spending all your money on them. I'd be out of debt by now (not to mention have room to turn around in my flat) if only I hadn't started buying Folios.

Jun 22, 2011, 11:31am Top

Just turned 30 today

Jun 22, 2011, 11:33am Top

Happy birthday!

Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 1:10pm Top

I'm at the other end of the scale... 76

(In answer to > 48: Not included in old thread)

Jun 22, 2011, 11:58am Top

im 31 and counting

Jun 22, 2011, 11:59am Top

overthemoon, where on Facebook can you find this test? I believe that I'm slipping.

Jun 22, 2011, 11:59am Top

30 as well.

Jun 22, 2011, 12:04pm Top

28 :P

Jun 22, 2011, 12:11pm Top

41 and enjoying it :)

Jun 22, 2011, 12:20pm Top

Just 34

Jun 22, 2011, 12:22pm Top

>10 varielle: it was on a contact's page, I'll see if I can find a link.

Jun 22, 2011, 12:28pm Top

I'm 49, but think something must be wrong with my arithmetic - I can't possibly be 50 next year!

Jun 22, 2011, 12:41pm Top


Edited: Jun 22, 2011, 1:14pm Top

<8 Ha, just a youngster, I am 78 ( but falling apart very fast).

Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 3:52pm Top

>8 drasvola: Ha, just a youngster. I am 78 (but falling apart very fast).
And I posted in the first thread.

Jun 22, 2011, 1:40pm Top

> 19

We'll hear nothing of the sort... We're the young-at-heart, dynamic, active, FS devotees for years to come... all the very best!

Jun 22, 2011, 1:55pm Top

> 5

I'm 25 and a big fan of Glee AND literature for the record!

Jun 22, 2011, 2:08pm Top

I just turned 40 a couple weeks ago. Still adjusting.

But I was 23 or 24 when I first joined the FS.

Jun 22, 2011, 2:17pm Top

33 this October...

Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 1:36pm Top

I'm 44. I joined at the end of 1991.
48> I wasn't in the original thread.

Jun 22, 2011, 2:32pm Top

> 5

I'm 35 and a binge drinker for the record!

Jun 22, 2011, 2:39pm Top

33 years. I joined when I was 30 and just finally defending and getting out of grad school.

Jun 22, 2011, 3:07pm Top

27, been a member for a year.

Jun 22, 2011, 3:57pm Top

My mental age is 34 which is considerably better than reality. Just confirms that I've never grown up. Makes me wish I hadn't squandered the real 34.

Jun 22, 2011, 4:32pm Top

I'm 52 and have been a Folio Society member since the mid 90's.

Jun 22, 2011, 5:54pm Top


Jun 22, 2011, 6:40pm Top

Just turned 50, been a FS member since 2009.

Jun 22, 2011, 6:59pm Top

My mental age is also 34.

Jun 22, 2011, 7:07pm Top


Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 1:43pm Top

The Age begins with A Space Odyssey;
Take away Eric’s dystopia;
In addition, Charles Dickens suffers an initial reverse in Rome;
The temperature falls by Ray’s measure;
And Dodie’s dogs are taken out
And divided by Vonnegut at the slaughterhouse.
Musketeers to the rescue: they multiply (and arrive at Buchan’s steps).
Dumas’s sequel adds to the years;
Finally, take away the Cuckoo’s Nest.

I.e., a mental age which could usefully be higher than it is.

> 48 Yes, Iposted in the old thread - and gave a straight answer!

Jun 22, 2011, 7:50pm Top

27. I first joined folio when I was 20 after realizing how jealous I was of all my grandpa's Nonesuch and Heritage Press books. I think people thought I was odd and didn't understand how books could possibly compete against alcohol for a young student's limited funds. Lucky for me I managed to save enough for both.

Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 7:50pm Top


Edit: Posted age before

Jun 22, 2011, 8:51pm Top

physical age 54, mental age 36, joined Folio when I was younger than my current mental age. I think it was 1986 or so.

Jun 23, 2011, 2:39am Top

Thanks everyone for responding. Glad to see there are a few other university age members who know how to prioritize their limited funds. Really what else is there to buy though? I spent this fortnights food money on the book of common prayer. haha.

Jun 23, 2011, 3:36am Top

mental 35, physical 43, It used to be around the average devotee age..Feeling happy about young people joininng..in. (Oh sh-t that's soo middle aged..)

Jun 23, 2011, 4:36am Top

>21 Witchylady333:

I didn't mean to suggest that Glee and literature were mutually exclusive interests, just my surprise that so many Folio lovers were under 25 :-P

I don't know how any of us have the money for it. Or how anyone over 25 does for that matter. Doh.

Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 5:10am Top


>41 LipstickAndAviators:

I agree, this is not the best time in one's life to get addicted to fine books...

Jun 23, 2011, 5:44am Top

28 although the last 10 years have gone so fast that they seem a blur and that I can't grasp that we're in 2011. I really did think at this point we would be flying cars, ordering strawberry and vanilla milkshake and living in a society with beautiful women and spreading international peace and security in accordance with international law.

Jun 23, 2011, 7:19am Top

I'm 24

Jun 23, 2011, 11:18am Top

69 next week, and bought my first FS volume in the early 1960s. Sadly that doesn't mean I have 45+ years of Folio books, as it's been an on-and-off membership (some years I had to eat).

Jun 23, 2011, 11:27am Top

I'm 17, but I'm not the one paying for the books. I leech off my parents =P Though of course I keep an eye on budget.

Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 1:04pm Top

Chronological Age=66. Mental Age (see above)=32. IQ=MA/CA=48. Spot on.

Edited in reply to >48: also on old thread.

Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 12:56pm Top

Last time we did this, I tracked the input and posted stats. That thread (now dormant) is here.

If you'll edit your posts above (please, not in the original thread) to note if you had already posted your age in the original thread, I'll try to update the stats by adding only those who have only posted their age here. But I have to know if you're already included in the original or you'll be double counted.

Using only the input from the original thread, the current stats are:

82 who have offered up their age
Average age - 43.1
Median age - 44 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 16
Std. Deviation - 13.2

Unfortunately, I can't be sure if I've accounted for anyone who may have passed away.

Our youngest was Iresia. We've not heard from her in awhile, and her last new book entry was Feb 2010.


Jun 23, 2011, 1:03pm Top

Os, are you accounting for the passage of time? Have you adjusted the ages collected previously to account for the time lapse? Just curious :)

Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 1:04pm Top

Went back (see > 8, 28) and my mental age is 31!! Who puts together these tests?

ETA Not included in old thread.

Jun 23, 2011, 1:06pm Top

Makes your IQ even lower than mine, Antonio.

Jun 23, 2011, 1:14pm Top

> 50

Fascinating! No use arguing or fighting against hard facts... I guess we are a select minority, affle.

Jun 23, 2011, 1:14pm Top

>49 beatlemoon:

I put all of the entries from before into a spreadsheet, which uses the date of the post and the age to estimate current age (assuming the date of the post was halfway between birthdays, unless the post included more info, and using integer ages only). So, if you compare the stats, above, to the last posted stats in the original thread, you'll see that the average age of the same population has increased by a little over one year. The change in the standard deviation I attribute to tying the age to the date of the post and using integer ages only. This would cause the StD to 'jump' related to periods of numerous postings vs periods of few postings.


Jun 23, 2011, 1:18pm Top

>53 Osbaldistone:

How clever! (Clearly I am not a numbers person - it's probably a really basic setup you're using!) Thanks for keeping track - it's interesting.

Edited: Sep 10, 2011, 2:22pm Top

If my body is feeling old I say I'm in my 61st year; otherwise I'm twice the thirty years my mind thinks I am . . .

. . . and that silly quiz says I have a mental age of 48 . . . but who can tell when one starts loosing brain cells in the 20's . . .

Jun 23, 2011, 2:01pm Top

I'm surprised that there aren't more people in their fifties. I'm just 52. No idea what my mental age is, but I have just applied to go back to university to do an MA.

Jun 23, 2011, 2:03pm Top

>56 RMMee:

According to the quiz overthemoon posted, my mental age is 50.

Huh. Looks like I'm the only one so far whose mental age is older than their actual.

Jun 23, 2011, 2:51pm Top

Just done the test and come out with a mental age of 42. Not that I'm sure I fully understood some of the questions!!!!

Jun 23, 2011, 3:07pm Top

Physical age 41, mental age 37 and I joined FS 5 years ago.

Jun 23, 2011, 3:18pm Top

Physical age 44, mental age 47 (it went up probably because of the all Ipods, Ipads and other such thing in the test, I find them quite unnecessary). Joined FS in 2001.

Jun 23, 2011, 6:12pm Top

I'm surprised that there aren't more people in their fifties. I'm just 52.
I am (in my fifties)! 52 too. Mental age of 40, whatever that means.
Haven't got a precise joining date for FS, but it was round about the late 80s.

Jun 23, 2011, 7:14pm Top

I'm 25 in real life, but according to the test my mental age is 40. I joined FS when I was 19, pretty much the second I left university and got a full-time job. I expect I was 40 in mental years back then as well.

>48 Osbaldistone: I also posted in the old thread

Jun 23, 2011, 7:38pm Top

30, mental age 38 - why I am not surprised that my mental age is higher?

Haven't posted in the original thread. Joined Folio a few years ago - after I knew I can afford them and switched from "cheapest copy I can find" to "the copy that I actually like" :)

Edited: Jun 23, 2011, 10:24pm Top

---Methinks they compliment the young for mental maturity... and us older farts for our young hearts.. As a flattery, it's old as Methuselah..(.But don't we all feel good about it?)

Jun 23, 2011, 11:31pm Top


Jun 24, 2011, 12:14am Top

Here are the stats, conflating the old thread (with stats 'aged') and this thread (new posters only). I just searched the old thread for the posters on this thread to make sure I didn't double count anyone.

Newest stats:

114 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.6
Median age - 43 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 16
Std. Deviation - 13.7

I only know of one who has passed away since posting to the old thread. Otherwise, everyone who posted on the old thread remains in the stats, though I know some might not be active FS member any longer, and I know some are not active FS devotee members any longer (LesMis, for one). But unless I know they've passed away, I'm pretty sure they still have their FS books, so I'm counting them.

54 yrs chrono; 46 mental. Funny, when I was in my 20s, everyone thought I was about 10 yrs older. Now that I'm in my 50s, everyone thinks I'm in my 40s. I think that's a good thing.

Edited: Jun 24, 2011, 12:34am Top

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Jun 24, 2011, 5:58am Top

>66 Osbaldistone:

See! The average ages have gone down! Time passes yet we as Folio subscribers get younger all the time. Interesting. Flies in the face of that 'young people are becoming illiterate' campaign the Evening Standard are running. Sort of. I did pass a teen girl in a train station reading Thomas Hardy yesterday, so that reassured me we are still doing ok.

Everyone thinks I'm 10 years older than I am too, I don't put it down as being a good thing though - just put it down to the receeding hairline and scruffy facial hair. Ah well!

Jun 24, 2011, 9:37am Top

>68 LipstickAndAviators:

It is misleading to say the average age has goine down. It probably only means that most of the newest members of this group are younger, and perhaps also that older people are less likely to join forums like this.

for the rest, I am 58, and first joined FS in 1982. and I did not respond to the original survey.

Jun 24, 2011, 9:57am Top

Surely saying 'the newest members of this group are younger' is pretty equivalent to saying that the average age has gone down? I'm not sure joining a forum on fine publications is really seen as a young person thing to do either and young people are no more likely to be joining now than they were for the last topic? I'm not sure what age I'd think most likely to join this sort of forum. Early 40s by the looks of things I guess!

My post was meant to be quite light hearted and silly anyway, I'm a mathematician (by degree if not current job) and quite aware that a tiny decrease of an average age after a small sample of people have added new data is hardly conclusive towards anything. I'm just really expressing my surprise that so many young people are buying these books, I expect it of you more mature folk ;-)

Jun 24, 2011, 12:30pm Top

>70 LipstickAndAviators:
Yes, I too am surprised by how many younger members there are of this group - quite welcoming, but I have only started collecting in the last few years because I have only just reached the stage where I can afford to do so!

Jun 24, 2011, 2:23pm Top

>28 overthemoon: Interesting, I just took the quiz and my mental age is the same as my chronological age (42). Is this a good thing??

Jun 24, 2011, 2:45pm Top

Just took the test.
My mental age is 51.
That sounds about right for a 78 year old. Also, people take me for 60, so I have kept my good looks
but my boyish figure has gone to hell.

Jun 24, 2011, 3:01pm Top


Edited: Jun 24, 2011, 9:15pm Top

I just turned 51 (ugh!) and my mental age is 32. I think thy gears are stuck somewhere. I joined FS in 1985...so many years.

Edited: Jun 24, 2011, 10:32pm Top

Here's a chart of the current age distribution: http://www.librarything.com/pic/248608


Jun 24, 2011, 10:28pm Top

I'm 63, but can't believe it; I feel much younger. I joined the Heritage Club when I was 20 and was in and out of that until 1994. Just joined the Folio Society this year.

Jun 24, 2011, 11:39pm Top

>77 dubuquer1970: You have the pleasure of emptying your disposal bank funds on a regularly. I hope you have an understanding spouse.

Jun 25, 2011, 12:26am Top

My daughter just took the test, and it seems that mentally she's 6 years older than I am. Quite an interesting thing, to be younger than your offspring.

Edited: Jun 25, 2011, 9:15am Top

I'm 16 years of age (not sure about mental age, but I'm very mature for my age), which makes me one of the youngest according to the graph.

Edited: Jun 25, 2011, 9:18am Top

What I find a bit surprising is the dip for the 31-40 bracket. I would have expected a smooth bell-shaped curve. But I was never very good at statistics...

Jun 25, 2011, 12:06pm Top

I am 52 and have been an on again off again member of FS for 20 years or so. I dread moving!!

(I am truly surprised at the age of this group - although have to bear in mind that those of us 50 and up are late arrivers to the internet world and therefore likely to be less active on the web?

Jun 25, 2011, 12:37pm Top

I am 70. I have collected EP and FL books for over 35 years, but have added FS to the mix about three years ago.

Jun 25, 2011, 12:46pm Top

>81 drasvola:
Drasvola, my theory about the dip is children. Time to participate in a forum like this and money to buy books like that are both affected by starting a family.


Jun 25, 2011, 1:58pm Top

> 84

That could be very well the explanation. Thank you, Os.

Jun 25, 2011, 2:31pm Top

I'm 32 and I'm fully committed to the principle of valuing books over children. I have enough nieces and nephews (6 and counting!) to keep me bankrupt without having children of my own as a drain my book budget!

Edited: Jun 25, 2011, 3:41pm Top

Like the OP, I'm also 22. According to the quiz my mental age is 42. I think I'm happy with that, but as a Jewish woman, there's something evvvvver so slightly unnerving in nearly doubling my age in two minutes. I was thinking I'd need decades to process being fortysomething. And I think I was probably right...

My, my. :D

Edited: Jul 7, 2011, 1:19pm Top

Okay, I'm posting new stats and a new chart. I went through the old thread to add LT names to the ages in my spreadsheet so I could be sure I'm not including duplicates, and in doing so, found a few. Plus, I've added the latest posts to this thread. Not a big change, but here it is.

The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Newest stats:

116 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.5
Median age - 42 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 16
Std Dev - 14

Updated chart - http://www.librarything.com/pic/248677


Jun 25, 2011, 4:23pm Top

For once, I'm average. :)

Edited: Jul 7, 2011, 7:33pm Top

> 86 I have 18 nieces and nephews (not counting the children of frien ds of mine) so I am empathetic to your thoughts about those same nieces and nephews doing a cashsectomy on the wallet.

Jun 25, 2011, 10:02pm Top

>90 Barton: Yes, I'm worried that I'll just keep accumulating nieces and nephews for a few more years yet. They're all charming and adorable, but they do insist on having birthdays so frequently... And eighteen is quite an impressive number! It makes me think of The Hobbit when all those dwarves keep coming through Bilbo's door.

>88 Osbaldistone: Thanks Os for updating all these fascinating statistics!

Jun 25, 2011, 10:07pm Top

>91 SpoonFed: When we all gather for Thanksgiving, Christmas or our midsummer BBQ and pool party it is quite the sight.

Jun 26, 2011, 2:02am Top

I can't believe I was 23 when I started the other thread. I'm 26 now, I feel so old... :(

Edited: Jun 26, 2011, 11:20am Top

>93 dtpena:
Look at the chart - you're not going to get much sympathy from this lot. :-)



Jun 26, 2011, 3:28pm Top

I'm 42, but that's okay; that is what I thought I was all of last year, too.

(And, yes, it is the amazingly accurate answer to life, the universe and everything.)

Jun 28, 2011, 7:37am Top


Jul 7, 2011, 1:23pm Top

The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Newest stats (the last two posts just tightened up the Std Dev a bit; the rest are unchanged):

117 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.5
Median age - 42 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 16
Std Dev - 13.9

Updated chart - http://www.librarything.com/pic/248677


Aug 27, 2011, 10:40am Top

I am 40 but will be 41 October 20th, so feel free to move my age at that time.

Glad to know I am still below average and median age!

Joined Folio in 2000. 451 books and around $20,000 later....

Aug 27, 2011, 11:03am Top

I'm 18, mental age is 47 :O, no idea how that works out.

Aug 27, 2011, 11:16am Top


Aug 27, 2011, 11:29am Top

Just checked my mental age, 44, not too much different from my actual age (49 - already posted).

Edited: Aug 27, 2011, 11:51am Top

My hair and toenails are a year old, my brain 18, my teeth 35 plus, and my tongue 47.

Aug 27, 2011, 12:15pm Top

Age 49.95 (50 on September 15th). Mental age according to the test: 44.

Aug 27, 2011, 12:19pm Top

> 103


Ignorant bliss.

Aug 27, 2011, 12:34pm Top

> 104


Originally posted by overthemoon in > 28

Aug 27, 2011, 12:35pm Top

> 106


Aug 27, 2011, 12:41pm Top

Mental age 43 - not bad considering I'm 44!

Aug 27, 2011, 2:31pm Top

My Mental age is also 43 - not bad considering I'm 77.

Aug 27, 2011, 6:19pm Top

>102 cronshaw:

Which is your physical age for inserting into the stats? Can I assume the same age as your tongue, as is typical for our species?


Edited: Sep 1, 2011, 8:28pm Top

The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Newest stats (not much change):

122 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.8
Median age - 42 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 77 (dropped from previous post due to updated info from rbott)
Min age - 16
Std Dev - 14.2

Updated the chart - http://www.librarything.com/pic/256862


updated on 2011-08-29 to include input received through post 113

Aug 27, 2011, 6:34pm Top

Mental age 41 - I'm 43

For what it's worth, unless I see an option covers the 'other' answers, it's loaded and rubbish.

Aug 28, 2011, 12:53pm Top

I`m 77 - where did all those years go? And the older you get, the faster they go.

Aug 28, 2011, 1:11pm Top

48 (32 mental). 10 years Folio @ 150 volumes.

Aug 28, 2011, 5:16pm Top

Okay. Just updated post 110 to capture the last two volunteers, and updated the distribution chart as well.


Sep 1, 2011, 8:11am Top

just joined at 24

Sep 1, 2011, 2:12pm Top

Hm, mental age is 37. Actual age 25. I hope me and my mental age meet in the middle somewhere!

Sep 1, 2011, 4:40pm Top


Sep 9, 2011, 2:49pm Top

I was born in 1518 in the village of Glenfinnan, on the shores of Loch Shiel......and I am immortal.

Sep 9, 2011, 3:55pm Top

And your mental age, Connor?

Sep 9, 2011, 8:15pm Top

>118 SaxonWarlord:

Determined to ruin the std. dev., are you? Fortunately, I know your true age (plus or minus a few months, anyway).


Sep 10, 2011, 8:34am Top

I am 48 and have been an on again, off again member of FS since 1992.

ETA Not included in old thread.

Sep 10, 2011, 10:52pm Top

Interesting thread, I also expected an older crowd. Most likely selection bias towards those active online.

Physical age - 38
Mental age - 39

FS member since 1991.

Sep 10, 2011, 11:52pm Top

I stopped ageing years ago. Such a waste of time. All you have to do is get enough exercise, sleep, low stress, healthy diet, and follow the instructions in your Necronomicon...

Sep 10, 2011, 11:55pm Top

>123 astropi:
" follow the instructions in your Necronomicon"

I missed that FS publication. Is it still available?


Sep 11, 2011, 12:42am Top

>122 kcshankd:

Great point.

Sep 12, 2011, 12:38am Top

>122 kcshankd:

Keep in mind, the OP is asking for ages of folio society devotees, which I take to mean people who post to the "Folio Society devotees" group forum. Also note the carefully worded title for posting stats - "The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age"

Thus, the stats are not biased, as presented, unless you believe willingess to read this thread and post an age to be a function of age. You are, however, probably correct in observing that the people who would respond by posting to this thread are going to be somewhat active internet users and, thus, generally biased toward the younger end of the range of Folio Society book owners.


Sep 28, 2011, 9:49pm Top


Edited: Dec 5, 2011, 10:59pm Top

The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Newest stats (slight drop in average age):

128 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.5
Median age - 42 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 16
Std Dev - 14.2

Updated chart - http://www.librarything.com/pic/266688


Nov 30, 2011, 1:02pm Top

FS member since 1988 and my age is 58.

Nov 30, 2011, 1:10pm Top

FS member on and off since the mid-Nineties and my age is 37.

Nov 30, 2011, 1:34pm Top

>129 squire:, 130

See - average of 58 and 37 = 42.5; the average has held around 42 nearly from the beginning.

You're both already in the stats - got Foliolover from another FS devotee thread; squire provided age info back in July '09 in the original thread, now dormant. My spreadsheet updates ages as time passes, so I had squire at 56 then, but now at 58.

Any one else? If you don't recall providing this before, you can search for your ID here or on the older thread (here). I'll check for duplicates anyway, just in case. Of course, if you've changed your ID or use multiple IDs, I may not be able to account for duplicate entries.


Nov 30, 2011, 1:54pm Top

I'm 43.....just a tad over the median


Edited: Nov 30, 2011, 1:58pm Top

Haha ... Are we expected to keep you updated when our age changes? Or are you working with a once-a-year date where you just update everyone?

Edit: Dyslexic fingers.

Edited: Nov 30, 2011, 2:03pm Top

>133 Ephemeralda:

See my post 53, above. I have you as still 42 based on that approach, which calculates an assumed birthday of around Dec 26, in the absence of better info. In answer to the second part of your question, all ages are re-calculated using that approach every time I load the spreadsheet to add or update info. So any update I post is based on the stats as of that day and the assumed birthday approach described in my post 53.


Nov 30, 2011, 2:16pm Top


Nov 30, 2011, 4:30pm Top

> 134

You are frighteningly organised, Osbaldistone!

Nov 30, 2011, 4:49pm Top

>136 Ephemeralda:

Only had to set it up once (well, twice, because it wasn't working right the first time). Now it's automatic. This kind of stuff was part of my work from the time the first PC arrived at our office back around '85 until they let me go back in August, so it just comes natural. Perhaps I'll land a job soon and get back to it before I get too rusty.


Nov 30, 2011, 5:00pm Top

I'm 31 - mental age 41

I use my son to justify my fairy book purchases

Nov 30, 2011, 6:39pm Top

>138 pinkpaper:

Me too!! However, my justification is a bit weaker because I don't have any kids yet.

Nov 30, 2011, 7:24pm Top

>139 exodus5139:

That's what I'm telling myself! That Pinocchio is for my future children. Sure.

Nov 30, 2011, 7:29pm Top

I'm 36, with a mental age of 37. Lucky the boss has just left for a golf game, that result made me burst out laughing.

Nov 30, 2011, 8:16pm Top

I'm sorry everyone has already responded to the OP's question. It would have been fun to guess first and then see how accurate we were individually and collectively.

Nov 30, 2011, 8:44pm Top

Mental age 44 (very flattering)
Chronological age 63

Edited: Dec 1, 2011, 6:43am Top

Os, I think your next step might be to add in mental ages, somehow, to your graph.

Dec 1, 2011, 7:05am Top

35 years old.

Edited: Dec 1, 2011, 7:42am Top

I've already answered this question, I'm 28, but I still act like a kid. I've got the new LEGO Christmas Catelogue on my desk. Can't wait to browse it.

Dec 1, 2011, 7:51am Top

>146 ironjaw:

You're not alone. I'm 30 and was in the LEGO store in the mall last night. Why? Just because :)

Dec 1, 2011, 8:20am Top

Had to check through the thread to make sure I hadn't replied before...sometimes I forget these things...

Age 55 (for a few more days!)
Mental age...38

Dec 2, 2011, 10:15am Top


Edited: Dec 4, 2011, 12:47am Top

>126 Osbaldistone:, months later: Thus, the stats are not biased, as presented, unless you believe willingess to read this thread and post an age to be a function of age. You are, however, probably correct in observing that the people who would respond by posting to this thread are going to be somewhat active internet users and, thus, generally biased toward the younger end of the range of Folio Society book owners.

True, I meant society at large and not within the confines of this thread.

Then again, if I read to my sons, do they count? We are currently roaming Middle Earth with Tolkein a few minutes each night, most way through Fellowship of the Ring.

If they show the slightest inclination to be readers... they will have found my weakness, as I can passibly withstand my own tempations, but probably not theirs...

Dec 3, 2011, 9:24pm Top

Not yet a member of Folio; it's going to be my graduation present to myself. It's a bribe to fight senioritis!

Dec 4, 2011, 12:37am Top

It's gonna be a great payoff, study hard!

Dec 4, 2011, 7:24am Top

37 and a FS member since 3 years (I think so, time is moving so fast...)

Edited: Dec 5, 2011, 10:59pm Top

The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Newest stats thru Dec 3:

134 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.7
Median age - 42 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 16
Std Dev - 14.0

Updated chart


Dec 5, 2011, 1:18am Top


Also glad to see a number of other twentysomethings on here.

Dec 9, 2011, 1:27am Top


Edited: Dec 9, 2011, 1:40pm Top

Just had my 50th birthday and have just joined. A present from my husband. Have wanted them forever. Received the introductory offer to open on the day and have just spent the day browsing and trying to choose four books from the fabulous catalogue. Sigh ...what a job, but someone has to do it ;) I love the fairy tales and myths and legends. Want to read them to grandchildren, if we ever get some! I drooled over the Kelmscott Chaucer ...aahh one day! I have some ( in perfect condition) second hand copies of Folios I was lucky enough to buy from a local charity shop who were about to throw them out!

Dec 9, 2011, 1:47pm Top

50 next week.

Dec 9, 2011, 2:18pm Top

46. FS member since 2009

Dec 17, 2011, 2:00pm Top

48 ; member since 2010

Dec 17, 2011, 2:10pm Top

53 and a member since the 1980s (on and off)

Dec 17, 2011, 6:36pm Top

The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Newest stats thru Dec 17:

142 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.7
Median age - 42 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 16
Std Dev - 13.9

Updated chart


Dec 18, 2011, 8:30pm Top

23. Joined when I was 21. I also don't always know how I manage to justify spending my student loan on the books, but they're worth it when they arrive.

Edited: Dec 18, 2011, 9:03pm Top

46 and seemingly adding a year every month!

Dec 20, 2011, 12:39am Top

I'm 29 and a new Folio devotee!

Dec 20, 2011, 1:41am Top

I'm 55 going on 40.

Dec 20, 2011, 3:18pm Top

50 next month and an FS member since this year

Jan 1, 2012, 4:29pm Top

32 and just getting started!

Jan 2, 2012, 3:00pm Top

To start out the new year...

The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

The only real change since the last update is that my alogrithm has guessed that our youngest members (RodrigoJO and Ireisa) are now 17, based on the date when they initially posted their age. Let me know if this should be corrected. I've not seen any activity from Ireisa for a year or more. Wonder if anyone is in touch with her.

Newest stats thru Jan 1, 2012:

146 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.8
Median age - 42 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 17
Std Dev - 13.9

Updated chart


Jan 2, 2012, 7:22pm Top

I'm 22, but will be 23 by the end of January.

Jan 2, 2012, 7:33pm Top

> 170

Eheu, fugaces, Postume, Postume, labuntur anni!

Jan 2, 2012, 8:02pm Top

>171 boldface:

After a Google search, I see you quoted Horace's Odes. Thanks, now my TBR pile is even bigger! :)

Twenty-two was my first year in a nine-to-five job; the daily grind made it glide away all right.

Jan 2, 2012, 9:13pm Top

> 169

I'm growing older by the day!

Jan 10, 2012, 9:58pm Top

Hello everybody. Almost at the end of my 21'st year, with a real problem for books. I find the Folio Society books a pleasent.....ish distraction to my addiction of growing my not yet impressive library.

Jan 10, 2012, 10:14pm Top


Jan 10, 2012, 10:21pm Top

I'm 19 with a mental age of 39.

Jan 22, 2012, 12:15pm Top

I'm 39 and joined Folio back in 1996 with A History of the Crusades, but there are a few years awhile back when I was not a member.

Feb 20, 2012, 6:58pm Top

19 with a mental age of 39. Only a few months left of being a teenager...
I'd also be interested in seeing an analysis of members of this group by region (I'm Aussie). Has anyone tried doing something like that before?

Feb 20, 2012, 7:44pm Top

34...going on 35 in March from Canada..........

Feb 20, 2012, 9:54pm Top

The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Since the last update, we had posts from several members of below average age (three at around age 20), so the group average dropped by half a year (I know I feel younger now). The rest stayed pretty much the same, with a slight rise in the SD

Newest stats thru post 179 (Feb 20, 2012):

153 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.3
Median age - 42 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 17
Std Dev - 14.1

Updated chart


Feb 20, 2012, 11:40pm Top

Damn it! Now I'm above average, which except for weight and age, is generally a good thing!

Feb 21, 2012, 3:56am Top

> 178

You've just managed to make me feel old AND immature. I've just had a birthday so I'm going to take that mental age test again, see how that's progressing. Or regressing.

Feb 27, 2012, 2:04pm Top


Feb 27, 2012, 2:08pm Top

> 183. Congratulations. Life is beginning.

Feb 27, 2012, 2:18pm Top

43, odometer clicks over on 2. October.

Feb 27, 2012, 2:44pm Top

20. :)

Jun 10, 2012, 3:50pm Top

55 in July and Folio Society member since this year.

Jun 10, 2012, 6:32pm Top

I'm 42. I've been buying FS books on and off since I was about 20. In the last full years I have been buying a lot more on the grounds that my boys need to read well written books, beautifully bound. Its a great excuse to buy what ever I want!

Edited: Jun 10, 2012, 8:31pm Top

The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Since the last update, we had a slight rise in the average age and drop in the SD, but neither statistically significant.

Newest stats thru post 188 (June 10, 2012):

157 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.4
Median age - 42 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 17
Std Dev - 14.0


Jun 11, 2012, 8:53pm Top

50 -- like Vonnegut once wrote, I've climbed one side of the roof and thrown my leg over the other side. Could it be all downhill from here?

Jun 12, 2012, 1:09am Top


Jun 12, 2012, 9:45pm Top

>190 wrenegade:
Perhaps, but my roof seems to be multi-gabled.


Jun 17, 2012, 2:25am Top

63. Mental age, 46. At this point, as somebody (and I wish I could remember who) said, "My life is like a Russian novel: too many characters, not enough car chases."

Jun 17, 2012, 2:28am Top

>193 MarkAJohn:

You know, if Tolstoy had added just a few car chases, War and Peace might have been a real success!


Jun 17, 2012, 1:48pm Top

> 192-3. if Tolstoy had added just a few car chases, War and Peace might have been a real success!

He did the best he could:

He had not ridden many hundred yards after that before he saw to his left, across the whole width of the field, an enormous mass of cavalry in brilliant white uniforms, mounted on black horses, trotting straight toward him and across his path. Rostov put his horse to full gallop to get out of the way of these men, and he would have got clear had they continued at the same speed, but they kept increasing their pace, so that some of the horses were already galloping. Rostov heard the thud of their hoofs and the jingle of their weapons and saw their horses, their figures, and even their faces, more and more distinctly. They were our Horse Guards, advancing to attack the French cavalry that was coming to meet them.
The Horse Guards were galloping, but still holding in their horses. Rostov could already see their faces and heard the command: "Charge!" shouted by an officer who was urging his thoroughbred to full speed. Rostov, fearing to be crushed or swept into the attack on the French, galloped along the front as hard as his horse could go, but still was not in time to avoid them.
The last of the Horse Guards, a huge pockmarked fellow, frowned angrily on seeing Rostov before him, with whom he would inevitably collide. This Guardsman would certainly have bowled Rostov and his Bedouin over (Rostov felt himself quite tiny and weak compared to these gigantic men and horses) had it not occurred to Rostov to flourish his whip before the eyes of the Guardsman's horse. The heavy black horse, sixteen hands high, shied, throwing back its ears; but the pockmarked Guardsman drove his huge spurs in violently, and the horse, flourishing its tail and extending its neck, galloped on yet faster.
Book III, Chapter 7.

Jun 17, 2012, 2:45pm Top

Nice JB ! thanks for that excerpt

Jul 4, 2012, 9:21am Top

Chronological age: 47
Mental age: Too afraid to check!

Jul 7, 2012, 1:05am Top


Jul 7, 2012, 1:06am Top


Jul 7, 2012, 1:11am Top


I am surprised at all the spring chickens! It is a pleasant surprise though!

Jul 7, 2012, 6:13pm Top

>198 immaculatechaos:, 199, 200
So that's 90, total, right?


Jul 8, 2012, 4:53pm Top

On this planet, 63 years
Mental age 38 ( but I might be kidding myself a little)

FS member in 1974 and then for the last 3 years

Edited: Jul 9, 2012, 3:21pm Top

The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

We've had several new posts since the last update (162 folks in the database now), and the average age has risen by about 6 months. The rest of the stats stayed the same.

Newest stats thru post 179 (Feb 20, 2012):
162 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.8
Median age - 42 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 17
Std Dev - 14.1
Sorry for the fuzzy image. Something with the conversion seems off. I'll work on it.


Jul 9, 2012, 3:45pm Top

I'm 24.

Jul 9, 2012, 4:19pm Top

I'm 31

Jul 9, 2012, 4:40pm Top


Aug 9, 2012, 5:35pm Top

The average age of an FS member who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Newest stats thru post 206 (Jul 09, 2012):
165 who have offered up their age
Average age - 41.6
Median age - 42 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 78
Min age - 17
Std Dev - 14.0
Sorry for the fuzzy image. Something with the conversion seems off.

Aug 17, 2012, 10:51am Top

I'm 35. My membrership lapsed for a year, but I have been collecting Folio Society for several years.

Aug 17, 2012, 6:44pm Top

53, somehow, and an FS member since around the start of the present millennium.

Sep 20, 2012, 5:42pm Top

21 as of a few days ago, and just made first Folio order. (Birthday funds, naturally.)

Sep 20, 2012, 6:17pm Top

27 :-D

Sep 20, 2012, 8:58pm Top

49 - Been a member of FS for 6 years.

Sep 22, 2012, 10:03am Top

Awesome investment Jordy! Happy Birthday!

Dec 20, 2012, 2:46pm Top

Interesting that the 2nd largest group is 26-35 if you take the 40s and 50s together

Dec 20, 2012, 9:07pm Top

I'm 26. Just joined Folio a week ago

Dec 22, 2012, 2:46am Top

Finally confessing my age ... 67 and been collecting Folio Society books for about 40 years ! However I buy on secondary markets.

Edited: Jun 3, 2013, 2:55pm Top

The average age of an FS collector who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Newest stats thru post 216 (Dec 22, 2012):
168 who have offered up their age
Average age - 42.0
Median age - 43 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 79
Min age - 17
Std Dev - 14.1
related chart

Dec 22, 2012, 7:51pm Top

Hello everyone
I'm 39. I rejoined this year after many years and I must say that the quality of folio books is better than ever. I first became a member when I was at university in the 90's when Folio had the 'gallery' at Southerans. It's lovely to know there are so many people who appreciate beautiful books (and actually read them!)
By the way I was shocked to learn that Barry who was at the desk at the Folio members room passed away 2 years ago. A fantastic guy with whom I had many happy and interesting conversations. This is my first post.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Dec 22, 2012, 8:19pm Top

>218 kal249:
Welcome, kal249. Happy to read such an enthusiastic first post.


Dec 23, 2012, 8:15pm Top

Thank you Osbaldistone, by the way I love your library images!

Dec 24, 2012, 12:59am Top

219 Does this take into account how we have aged since we first disclosed our ages? :-)

Dec 24, 2012, 6:40am Top

>221 Conte_Mosca:
Good question. I was 19 when I first posted, but turned 20 several months ago.

Dec 24, 2012, 6:51am Top

> 221, 222

I believe that Osbaldistone's algorithm (see > 169) takes care of the issue. He can correct me...

Edited: Dec 24, 2012, 12:15pm Top

>221 Conte_Mosca:, 222
It's a ballpark inflation - in the absence of more accurate info ("I'll be 35 next month", for example) your age is increased by one year, six months after your initial age post and yearly thereafter. I figure this will make most individual numbers right more than half the year, and the error will balance out over the data population.

So, I have johni92 at 20 years old now; Conti-Mosca still 44, but soon to turn 45; and drasvola now just turning 78 (happy birthday %^)


Dec 24, 2012, 12:14pm Top

>223 drasvola: Osbaldistone's Algorithm. I like the sound of that. Like Fermat's Last Theorem, or Occam's Razor :-)

That makes sense. The age demographic has drifted slightly higher in the last year which is more likely to be because we have all got a year older rather than any huge influx of more mature members!

Dec 24, 2012, 12:20pm Top

>224 Osbaldistone:
Interesting enough, the new members tend to average out at about age 42, but the overall aging adds a bit. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you take bad news), we probably don't often know when someone passes away, nor when someone quits FS or LT. So the aging population will, eventually, add an undeserved bias.

That reminds me - I do need to change the opening line of the stat post. It's FS collectors, not necessarily FS members. That also means that folks should stay in the stats even when they let their membership expire, which I have done while unemployed.


Dec 24, 2012, 12:23pm Top

One other possible error source - if someone who has posted their age then changes their LT name and posts their age again, I may not catch it, and they'll end up in the stats twice. If you've had two or more LT names in the past, and you think you might have posted your age more than once, it might help to let me know.


Dec 24, 2012, 1:01pm Top


Many thanks for keeping the chart and the statistics alive. Contributions like yours add to the quality and interest of these threads. And, yes, your algorithm has updated me right! Thank you. Happy New Year!

Dec 24, 2012, 5:41pm Top

Another word of thanks, Os. Your algorithm has me right for ten months of the year; I remain firmly in the top decile, like Antonio, but not quite so venerable.

Dec 26, 2012, 7:31pm Top

>228 drasvola:, 229
Thanks. Once it was written and debugged, it's been fairly simple to update.

As for being in the top decile, I wouldn't mind being referred to as 'venerable' someday. :-)


Dec 28, 2012, 10:17am Top

40 in May and have been a member since 2007. Just celebrated my five year anniversary w/Folio in August!

Dec 29, 2012, 8:58pm Top

I'd say my life changed at age 37 when I discovered the Folio Society in 2007. I just couldn't believe that somebody was making books like this in the 21st Century. I was also aggravated at myself for having never heard of Folio, or even seen a Folio book, prior to that time. It's depressing to think that there are bibliophiles out there who may never even know of Folio. The only reason I knew was because of their full-page ads in the New York Review of Books.

Jan 3, 2013, 6:49pm Top

Os, don't believe I've previously posted my age. I'm 38 (thought I was 37 until I double-checked for this posting ...), turning 39 in July.

I've no plans to die soon, so hope not to add to the slight upward bias in your figures. That said, I'm quite accident prone, and have several tall piles of books to negotiate.

Jan 3, 2013, 10:51pm Top

>233 marpelee:


You can't go until you've finished reading all your books. :-)


Edited: Jan 4, 2013, 8:47am Top

Well, pretty big deal for me. I'm turning 30, February 12th - finally I can call myself a gentleman.

Jan 4, 2013, 7:21am Top

A gentleman is someone who can play the accordian ( or bagpipes) , but doesn't :-)

Edited: Jan 4, 2013, 2:46pm Top

Re: 236, perfect pitch, n. when you toss your bagpipes in a dumpster and you hit an accordian.


ETA - actually, I love bagpipes and enjoy accordian in the right musical setting. But I love the joke (often told with accordian and banjo).

Jan 4, 2013, 2:40pm Top


marpelee, I keep telling my family that my books can only increase my life span. I have so many in my To Be Read list (stopped piling them up as it was getting dangerous, now I shelve them and add them to the list) that I will have to live forever to finish it. And I'll have to stay healthy in my old age. I have diabetes and one of the big complications is blindness which would really put a crimp in my reading. If the books were just paperbacks or regular stock I could hire someone to read to me I suppose but a Folio has to be seen (and touched) to be enjoyed so taking care of my eyes is super important. Unfortunately my family didn't really go for that as an excuse to buy books. They still think I should cut back on buying them or even (horrors!) get rid of some of them.

Jan 4, 2013, 7:52pm Top

>234 Osbaldistone: & 238

That reminds me of a friend who once worked out roughly how many pages he read per day (really quite a lot - it was before he had children), how many pages in the kind of book he read and how long he expected to live. The expected number of books left in his lifetime escapes me now but was somewhat depressing. I'll suggest to him that he simply refuse to die until he has read all he wants!

Jan 5, 2013, 12:18pm Top

As an academic and lecturer I used to set my students targets of xxx pages to be read a week and it added up but I also learnt that one had to teach university students how to read and how to get the most out of the experience ... So essentially a lot of thinking and reflection goes into my reading . these days (in retirement) if a book is turgid, repetitive, inaccurate on factual detail, poor style (and a dozen other critical criteria) I do not insist on finishing the book but move on to something else as there is so much out there.

Jan 5, 2013, 12:32pm Top

> 239, 240 I would read a lot more books if I didn't spend so much of my time hanging around the FSD Forum :-)

Jan 5, 2013, 5:01pm Top

>241 Conte_Mosca:
And Michael, the FSD forum seems to have been extraordinarily active for the last couple of days, taking much more time to read all the discussions, and to follow through all the enabling posts, which makes you buy books that you really want to read but did not previously know existed, and this makes the TBR shelf full to overflowing.
And so the cycle continues.

Mar 17, 2013, 6:03pm Top

This seems like a good place to introduce myself. I'm joining the FS for the first time, and thought it would be nice to have a support group for my new addiction. (Even though most support groups are supposed to try to help you break your addiction, not encourage it. :-) ) I'm 37. Nice to meet you all!

Mar 17, 2013, 8:32pm Top

>243 Bookworm59:
Welcome! Oh yeah! We'll support your habit, alright!


Mar 17, 2013, 10:01pm Top

>243 Bookworm59:
If you think you have a FS habit now, just wait and see what happens to your bank balance and bookshelves over the next few months.
Welcome, and check out the Wiki at the top of the FSD home page to learn more about the incurable disease FAD!

Mar 18, 2013, 10:43am Top

Welcome Bookworm 59. The need to purchase Folio society books is a wonderful addiction but it fits into just being a bibliomaniac . This forum is a good place for all sorts of information ... I enjoy hearing about other good books acquired by FS people, and their travels too. Views on what you are reading appreciated. Recommendations always welcomed , enthusiasms cheered and if your bank balance is low we shall commiserate .

Mar 18, 2013, 10:54am Top

Hello everyone, my name is Stefan, I'm 27 and I have just become a bookaholic a few hours ago, that's when I joined Folio.

Mar 18, 2013, 11:13am Top

Hello, fellow newbie! :-) And thanks for the welcome, wcarter and Africansky1!

Mar 18, 2013, 2:28pm Top

>247 Skarter:
Hmm...I wonder which was cause and which was effect? Either way, welcome.


Jun 3, 2013, 9:16am Top

I'm 49!

Edited: Jun 3, 2013, 2:55pm Top

The average age of an FS collector who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Newest stats thru post 250 (Jun 03, 2013):
174 who have offered up their age
Average age - 42.3
Median age - 43 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 79
Min age - 18
Std Dev - 14.0

related chart

stats also updated on our group's wiki page here

Jun 3, 2013, 2:58pm Top

I suppose it would help if everyone would indicate in their will that their survivors should contact the group and let us know upon the passing of a member, so we can acknowledge the loss and keep the stats current. Don't forget to include both your LT name and your password.

Only partly tongue-in-cheek. We do care about you, and would want to know.


Jun 3, 2013, 4:33pm Top

Actually, I have told my sister about the group and asked her to get in touch with the Devotees to give them first crack at my FS books after I've gone. Sorry guys, but I plan to live to be 100 (like a lot of people from my hometown) so that hopefully won't be happening for another 40+ years. That is of course assuming that both computers and the Devotees are still around and that my sister has someone who can help her do it as she knows very little about computers and absolutely nothing about forums.

Jun 3, 2013, 5:38pm Top

> 253 - Ah yes, another person who plans to live until 100.

My Dad will soon turn 90, so the genetics (and medical advances) may actually be there for me. But my daughter has told me in no uncertain terms that she's getting my books when I die. Thankfully she has but a small apartment at this time, so she doesn't have the clear incentive to bump me off quite yet.

Jun 3, 2013, 7:38pm Top

My kids read voraciously, but they will NOT read any book I recommend (teenagers). Actually, anything their parents own (other than money) is so 'not cool' that, for the next few years at least, we're pretty safe.


Jun 4, 2013, 12:17am Top

My daughter is only six, but she has already claimed several of my FS titles by insisting they go in her bookcase in her bedroom (Wind In The Willows, the two Lewis Carrol sets, the Winnie The Pooh set, Charlotte's Web). And she tells me that I am just looking after the Fairy Books for her until she claims them when she is seven.

Edited: Jun 4, 2013, 5:15am Top

>256 Conte_Mosca: That's so cute. FAD is clearly highly heritable in your case.

Incidentally I wonder what age the youngest Member on Folio's 'register' is? (genuine Member that is, not some FAD-infected parent who has taken out a surrogate Membership giving the nursery address of their toddler)

Jun 4, 2013, 2:31pm Top

My Dad's 88, his aunt (yes, I did say his aunt) is 95 or 96 and I was born in a town where quite a few people are anywhere from early 90s to over 100 so I have a good chance as long as I don't get hit by a bus or something.

Unfortunately I am safe from relatives who want to inherit my book collection early. There just aren't any. The closest I can get is an uncle who is so much older than me and in such poor health that I will definitely outlive him. I have one nephew and he had to be forced to do any assigned reading for school (he never even read comic books). Now that he's an adult and out of school he'll probably never pick up another book.

I am so envious of you coynedj, Osbaldistone and Conte_Mosca. If I had your kids they wouldn't have to knock me off for my books--I'd be buying them their own every day. I supplied my non-reading nephew with a good-sized library of books when he was young because I lived with the (totally disproven) theory that anyone surrounded by books would eventually come to love them. In the end his books went to charities and to the kids living next door to Dad. Their parents watch his house when he comes to visit us so it was a good way to thank them.

Jun 17, 2013, 2:25pm Top

24, and still counting :)

Jun 17, 2013, 2:38pm Top

Turned 32 today. I should have waited until 42 to start collecting books because of the hurt on my poor wallet.

Jun 18, 2013, 1:38pm Top

19 soon to be 20

Jun 19, 2013, 6:03pm Top

I see I mentioned my mental age above, but my physical age will be 54 next month. I like my mental age better.

Jun 19, 2013, 6:25pm Top

I'm 43 going on five in July. Actually, I'm not sure I've passed the terrible twos and threes yet...

Jun 20, 2013, 5:14pm Top

>259 KevinVD: Kevin believe leave now or you'll end up like me debating whether to go out Friday night or use that equivalent to buy more books. Or worse end up comparing every purchase with "book money" i.e., how many books I could get if I didn't buy this insert name of clothes, food, dvd's, vacations, car, etc

Jun 21, 2013, 5:42am Top

I'm 45 and some mornings I do feel it but most times I still get shocked when I hear a song on the radio I used to sing or dance to from 1988 and think to myself, wow was that really 25 years ago! Time really does fly!

Jun 21, 2013, 9:35pm Top

>264 ironjaw:
I'm guessing I'm not the only one on this thread who converts dollars (or pounds) into the equivalent number of FS books when considering any purchase over $50..."I could buy 10 bags of cypress mulch -or- I could buy The Golem from FS."


Jun 22, 2013, 1:30am Top

I convert books to tanks of petrol. One full tank = AU$80 or one full price FS book. Walk and read or drive and feel deprived. I actually walk and use public transport a lot despite collecting cars as well as books.

Jun 24, 2013, 8:48pm Top


Edited: Jun 25, 2013, 1:02pm Top

>264 ironjaw:/266/267 I'm so glad I'm not the only one FAD-addled enough to measure the cost of other things in terms of Folios!

Jun 25, 2013, 2:17pm Top

>269 cronshaw: You are most certainly NOT alone! I do the same thing too, comparing every single purchase to how many FS volumes, or even portions of books everything I buy can be compared to.

Jun 26, 2013, 6:12pm Top

As FAD-ish as it sounds, this is really a useful approach. Back when i had regular (and healthy) income, it was difficult to answer the question "Can we afford it", unless we were talking about buying a house. Almost anything we ever considered could be paid for out of savings, and, if not, could be easily financed for payments we could easily afford. So, having a benchmark of something you really care about helps put other purchases in perspective. The question becomes "Is this of similar value to me as the dollar-equivalent number of FS volumes from my wishlist?", which I found is easier to judge. It didn't keep us from taking that vacation that we needed, but it may have kept us from bringing home to many useless souvenirs.


Nov 1, 2013, 1:48am Top

A good enough time as any to introduce myself.
29, from Aus and brand new to the world of Folio Society (having just purchased my very first books last month!). I can tell that my addiction to all things FS will be a very long one indeed (having already placed orders 2 and 3!). Glad to see so many members on here as well. : )

Nov 1, 2013, 2:25am Top

>272 saroyd:
Welcome Saroyd. Nice to have another Aussie aboard. Expect to be considerably poorer, have a higher mortgage, and take great interest in bookcases over the next half century as you build a superb library.
Remember that now you have FAD it is incurable!

Edited: Nov 1, 2013, 2:36am Top

>264 ironjaw:

I've just hit my forties but I have used the excuse for many years that I've never spent my money on fancy clothes, restaurants, nights out on the town, big holidays or cars so deserve to spend a little money on what I 'do' fancy. Other than my mortgage I've never been in debt so it's worked out even though I've been obsessed over the years with hi-fi and music, home cinema and video, laserdisc, dvd and then blu-ray, photography and now books.

Fortunately I haven't been lured into the world of new Folios (yet), so I've been able to indulge and build up a collection without incurring too much expense. I do wonder how much all of my books would have cost if I'd bought them when new!

Nov 1, 2013, 3:53am Top

>272 saroyd: Welcome! Come on in, make yourself at home and pour yourself a couple of large drinks. You can no longer afford to be sober when you read your credit card statements.

Nov 1, 2013, 12:01pm Top

>275 cronshaw: Tell me about it! I need to get myself to the liquor store and get into a drunken stupor so I can get over the fact they've refused to raise my credit limit any higher!

Nov 1, 2013, 12:57pm Top

>276 Smiler69:

If anything, I'm glad they won't raise my credit limit any higher! ;)

Nov 1, 2013, 1:04pm Top

>277 scholasticus: I agree in principle, only I'm now constantly worrying that some payment won't go through since I'm so close to the limit and of course can't pay it off. As long as no FS payments are refused, I guess all is ok with the world.

Nov 1, 2013, 1:18pm Top

>278 Smiler69: Good philosophy. Long as FS is happy and keeps sending books, the rest of the world can go take a hike? ;)

Nov 1, 2013, 1:47pm Top

>279 scholasticus: Now that sounds like my kind of philosophy - and not just from a financial perspective :-)

Nov 1, 2013, 10:06pm Top

>279 scholasticus: Yes, that's exactly it. :-)

>280 Conte_Mosca: I knew I'd find other sympathetic adherents in this group! ;-)

Mar 30, 2015, 6:43am Top


Mar 30, 2015, 6:56am Top

These statistics have not been updated for some time. I wonder if I'm closer to being the eldest member in this group since 80 is getting near (perhaps too fast!).

Mar 30, 2015, 7:53am Top

Wow a lot of younger people on here. Cool. I'm 22

Mar 30, 2015, 8:03am Top

>284 lechacal:

It's great there are a lot of young people here, but I also think one of the great strengths of this group is that it consists of people of all ages.

Mar 30, 2015, 8:49am Top

Well I can tell you out of experience that Folio is VERY aggressive when it comes to defaulted payments. I've only tried it once due to a fault at my bank (IT glitch) caused it to refuse all payments from my account. It was a dreadful experience to receive those automatic letters from creditors telling me that I've breached the contracts (car, mortgage, insurance, telephone, gym and folio). Folio cancelled my instalment and wanted to full payment. Their customer service was super about it and understanding and after I payed the instalment plan continued. But I can tell the letter was frightening to read. As an afterthought, I try to limit my credit and instalment plans. It makes you wonder how vulnerable you are and how overly demanding debt can be.

Mar 30, 2015, 9:35am Top

Didn't realise so many young people were Folio members.I always it was an 'old' thing.
I turned 21 in January.

Edited: Mar 30, 2015, 10:16am Top

I was twenty-six back in 2009 when I joined Folio and LT. Amazing how much I've changed intellectually (and how little I knew back then) but also how many like-minded and aspiring member's I've had the pleasure to meet, some in person and, some to correspond with over LT. These six years have been wondrous.

Mar 30, 2015, 10:17am Top

I'm 28.

Mar 30, 2015, 10:31am Top

>288 ironjaw: - I was 32 when I joined, but that was in 1988.

Mar 30, 2015, 10:50am Top

>290 coynedj: You could be 32 at heart :)

Mar 30, 2015, 2:47pm Top

48 and I've just done the mental test thing from >105 drasvola:
Very surprising at 24. I was expecting 10-12

Mar 30, 2015, 2:50pm Top

actually 49. It was my birthday 2 weeks ago.
Is there a test for getting your age wrong ??

Mar 30, 2015, 3:08pm Top


Mar 30, 2015, 3:42pm Top

37 in a couple of months. As for the mental age test thingy at >105 drasvola: - 27. Yeah, right.

Mar 30, 2015, 3:45pm Top


Bah! That makes me even older than this thread.

Mar 30, 2015, 4:27pm Top

I think I tried that mental test thing and was saddened to see the result of 64! Twice my age.

Mar 30, 2015, 5:47pm Top

I’m 65.
I was 21 when I became a FS member in 1971.
Mental age 32!

Mar 30, 2015, 6:07pm Top

I'm now 62 but used to be younger. However, my mental age must be well over 100, since I can no longer get the mental test website to work (at least on my iPad).

Mar 30, 2015, 8:12pm Top

>296 Forthwith:
Then I will confess to 65 for a few months yet.

Mar 30, 2015, 11:36pm Top

I joined at 18. I now have shirts older than that.

Mar 31, 2015, 12:05pm Top

>301 kcshankd:

Now that's admirable. How long ago was that. If only I was that young to have found folio, I would seriously have thought otherwise than spending my money elsewhere and of no importance.

Mar 31, 2015, 1:43pm Top

>302 ironjaw:

The calender says 24 years. I don't believe it. I still remember opening the mass-mailing and being gobsmacked by the books - I had never seen anything like them before in the middle of Kansas, USA.

Mar 31, 2015, 1:58pm Top

>303 kcshankd: That's amazing. What a wonderful experience.

Apr 1, 2015, 9:03pm Top

I joined while in College about 1970. I have followed them through the years and was often a member usually at the four book annual minimum. I so wanted to order all 12 of the annual offers.

Through the years I have been introduced to new worlds. The Smith of Smiths and the FS excerpts of Pepys were irresistible. I could not understand why no one that I met had heard of these books nor the FS. Indiana is a very lonely place if you are seen with a book.

Apr 1, 2015, 9:06pm Top

>305 Forthwith: - Try South Dakota.

Apr 2, 2015, 9:44am Top

>105 drasvola: Good grief Antonio, I did your mental test thing and came out as 17 even though I said Miley Cyrus is 'everything that's wrong with kids today' and that baseball caps look best 'worn forwards rather than backwards'. It must have been the 'cheap vodka' option for the house party.

Apr 2, 2015, 9:49am Top

Just did it again, and I'm now 22, so just half a dozen more goes and I'll be fine.

Apr 2, 2015, 10:00am Top

28 with a mental age of 43; I'm not surprised at that result in anyway considering a colleague once joked how I actually look young but when I go home at the end of the day I remove my fake face and I'm actually an old man underneath.

Apr 3, 2015, 1:49am Top

Apparently I have the mental age of a 50 year old. I think I've had a middle-aged mind since I was in my late 20s! Maybe it's a sign that I should start buying trousers with a high waistline and grunting in satisfaction when I sit down on a chair…

In the question regarding the house party there was no option for 'wonder what disease I have that's led me to consider hosting a house party', or 'why are all these noisy people in my library?'.

Apr 4, 2015, 9:05am Top

41 this month. And a folio member for the last 5 years. Although I did sign up for an introductory offer back in my first year of university, before realizing I wouldn't be able to afford the minimum purchase requirement and cancelled it :(

Apr 4, 2015, 9:36am Top

Further to my post in 299 above, I managed to do the test on my phone and came out at 36. I won't quibble with that!

Apr 5, 2015, 8:38am Top

>312 boldface: What changed Jonathan? Changed your mind on Miley Cyrus :) I tried it again and I'm down to 57...

Apr 5, 2015, 10:44am Top

>313 ironjaw:

Yes, maybe it was Miley Cyrus that made the difference.

Apr 5, 2015, 11:07am Top

Since 2011 my mental age has gone up from 43 to 49. Where did I put those keys?

Edited: Apr 9, 2015, 1:25am Top

>315 housefulofpaper: - so, housefulofpaper... care to share your physical age for the stats?


(no is a perfectly acceptable answer)

Apr 9, 2015, 2:09am Top

The average age of an FS collector who is also an LT member, and reads this thread, and has posted an age.

Newest stats thru post 316 (April 9, 2015):
192 who have offered up their age
Average age - 43.6
Median age - 44 (the age in the middle of a list sorted by age)
Max age - 81
Min age - 20
Std Dev - 14.2

related chart

stats also updated on our group's wiki page under "How Old Are We?" at here

Apr 9, 2015, 2:11am Top

Since the update in 2013:

Average age went up by 1.3 years
Median age up by 1 yr
Max age has gone up by 2 yrs (as has my age)


Apr 9, 2015, 3:58am Top


Apr 9, 2015, 6:52pm Top


Apr 9, 2015, 7:31pm Top

30, turn 31 in July.

Apr 14, 2015, 2:08pm Top

If I say Immortal, what does that do to the Average?

Apr 14, 2015, 3:09pm Top

>316 Osbaldistone:

I'll be 48 next month.

May 25, 9:10pm Top

Just bringing this thread to FSD members attention again. Please add your age if you wish, to demonstrate the diversity of ages amongst our membership.
To update my personal details, I am a very young 69.

May 25, 9:14pm Top

I'm 32.

May 25, 9:43pm Top

With a baby involved I think I've aged more than two years since I last replied!

Edited: May 26, 2:13am Top

I'm 35 but stopped counting at 25! So I always answer 25 if people ask, and sometimes get away with it!

May 26, 2:54am Top

Since I first did this, my real age has somehow progressed to 69, and my mental age to 48. I think the questions have changed.

May 26, 4:00am Top

30 or 31. I kinda stopped keeping track after 18.

May 26, 4:51am Top

Very interesting stuff. I'm 28 and I've only recently become a convert to the Folio Society (although I had picked up one or two FS books from second-hand bookstores in the past).

In part, that was because of the attention that recent sci-fi/fantasy releases have drawn on social media and geek blogs etc. Dune and American Gods are two of my favourite books, so seeing articles about the beauty of the FS editions made me realise that I should take a closer look and it went from there...

May 26, 5:28am Top

Six years ago I reported that I was 66. I can no longer work out my current age, but I leave the calculation as an exercise for the reader.

May 26, 5:31am Top

I'm 32.

May 26, 6:39am Top

I am 25. Inherited the book craze from my grandpa.

May 26, 9:50am Top

39 for a few more months...

May 26, 11:15am Top

48 but, like wongie, I sort of stopped really counting long ago and it's a bit of a surprise to find myself this close to 50 :)

May 26, 12:36pm Top


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May 26, 2:53pm Top

>335 Cat_of_Ulthar: - I wish I was that close to 50. I'm 60.

May 26, 4:02pm Top

i'm 34

May 26, 4:18pm Top


Still not used to being old!

Edited: May 26, 6:12pm Top

I'm 36; mental age 37 (per >28 overthemoon:), how boring. Normal is so prosaic. I envy you, cronshaw, our eternal teenager, and even you, grumpy old men in your twenties. Unfortunately, I discovered that cheap vodka = bad hangover way back in my teens, so no chance of a youthful score...

Walked into the dMR in August 2014; 251 Folio books made my bookshelves their home since then.

May 26, 6:35pm Top

58 in a couple of months, mental age 35. I was probably older than that when I was 18.

May 26, 8:53pm Top

>342 terebinth: - "I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now." Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan, My Back Pages.

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