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?
To be totally honest, my book buying has dropped precipitously in the last few months. Between BookMooch and review copies, I already have far more books coming into my home than I can handle. If I were actively buying a lot of books as well, I’m pretty sure my bookshelves would go plummeting through the floors.
That being said, I’ve always been a buyer instead of a borrower. Part of the reason is that I generally do like to reread my books, so I want to keep them around for future rereading as the mood strikes. I suppose that I could go back to the library and check the book back out, but generally if I want to read it, I want to read it right away. I have a tendency to be somewhat of an impulsive reader. I need to be able to look at my shelves and just choose something to read right then and there, especially if I have just finished another book. In addition, not knowing what I might want to read next would probably lead to me checking out a lot of books from the library then returning most of them unread, because I wasn’t ‘feeling’ it at the time. Then I’ll probably want to read those same books a few days after they’ve been returned. If I remember to return them on time at all, that is. That is definitely not one of my gifts.
Are you a buyer or a borrower? Why?