Originally posted by plopzilla
Not wanting to open a can a of worms but if a certain very high rated player states they've been playing for 30 years and have well over a 1000 chess books (lets say they have 1300 books for arguments sake) that would mean they have bought roughly 1 a week - must take some effort to read them that consistently and fit the family in!
Love of chess correlates strongly with a desire for all things chess; love of chess also correlates strongly with a higher than average rating.
Thus, a higher than average rating coupled with a love of chess correlates strongly with having
many chess books and not necessarily with reading
many chess books.
Also, it is easier to amass 1000 chess books than it is to have read them so it is more likely that this person is mostly a collector rather than a reader.
Side note: Most rarely read a chess book from cover to cover and usually only with a certain set of books is this done so this could also influence the numbers.