I’ve asked, in the past, about whether you more often buy your
books, or get them from libraries. What I want to know today, is, WHY BUY?
Even if you are a die-hard fan of the public library system, I’m
betting you have at least ONE permanent resident of your bookshelves in
your house. I’m betting that no real book-lover can go through life
without owning at least one book. So … why that one? What made you buy
the books that you actually own, even though your usual preference is
to borrow and return them?
If you usually buy your books, tell me why. Why buy instead of
borrow? Why shell out your hard-earned dollars for something you could
get for free?
I used to buy books every once in a while, but now that I work at a library, I can't remember the last book I purchased. I probably read about 4-6 per month so I save from $60-100 per month or more depending on what I'm reading just by checking them out rather than buying them. When I think about how expensive graphic novels are compared to how long you spend reading them, I don't understand why anyone would buy one unless it is a favorite to be re-read over and over.
My exception to this is cookbooks because I will obviously use them more than once, but I am still pickier about buying them now that I can try them out first from the library. I would also love to have my own copy of Edith Hamilton's Mythology and an illustrated treasury of Beatrix Potter's stories, but those are books that I would use more than once.
I also have books that were given to me by family or friends, but I usually read those and pass them on. I already have too much junk. I don't need to keep every book I read. I do keep favorites if they weren't library books so I can lend them out to people who haven't read them.