“He has even considered professional training to manage the books at his homes in Sussex and the States," the Daily Star quoted a publishing source as saying. “He has also acted like a public library, lending out copies of the latest novels to friends – although he often doesn"t have much hope of getting them back," the source added. His lifelong interest in books was first made public in 1998 after he fell off a ladder in his extensive library at his home in Connecticut.
“And, like the Queen does at Balmoral, he leaves favoured books by the bedside for the many guests at his homes," the source said. “He even started to arrange his volumes by the standard library classification system. “But he gave that up as too much hassle," the source added.