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curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
Do you prefer to buy or borrow books?

I prefer to buy so i can keep thr book and read at my own pace but lack of money is meaning I'm going to have to use the library.
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  • kaybkayb Posts: 5,054Registered Users
    Buy. For two reasons: I want to have a personal library someday, and I want one big enough to take up an entire room. I also plan to bequeath said books to the local library when I die, can't give what you don't own.
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  • JayneeJaynee Posts: 2,039Registered Users
    I use the library whenever I can. If they don't have what I want I try to get it off of Paperback Swap and if I can't get it there I will buy it used off of half.com

    Basically, I don't like buying books if I don't have to because I won't read them again.

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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    Borrow - I'm a HUGE fan of my public library. And by being such a regular borrower, I'm helping my own little library out because the more their books circulate, the better off they are. I feel like borrowing from the library is part of my civic duty. :)

    That said, I buy books that I love. So I guess I do both.

    Also? I don't really care about library fines - if I need to keep a book longer, I just keep it and pay my fine when it gets up to $10.00. Just another way of supporting my public library. :lol:
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  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users
    I tend to buy more, just because I re-read books over and over and over again. As stupid as it sounds, I get very attached to them. The creases on the spine, where I've turned a page over - all hold memories for me. Its a personal thing. I love the smell of a fresh new book. I'm also building up my own library. So far I own around 500 or so. I've given away 12 in my lifetime that I didn't like.

    I do also borrow books from the library (and if I like them I buy them) - but not so much recently. Ours isn't that well stocked and I really hate books with god knows what between the pages.

    However I am a big supporter of libraries in general - I think they are wonderful and I wish the books there were better taken care of and had a bigger range.
  • KookyCurlKookyCurl Posts: 1,980Registered Users
    kat180 wrote: »
    I tend to buy more, just because I re-read books over and over and over again. As stupid as it sounds, I get very attached to them. The creases on the spine, where I've turned a page over - all hold memories for me. Its a personal thing. I love the smell of a fresh new book. I'm also building up my own library. So far I own around 500 or so. I've given away 12 in my lifetime that I didn't like.

    I do also borrow books from the library (and if I like them I buy them) - but not so much recently. Ours isn't that well stocked and I really hate books with god knows what between the pages.

    However I am a big supporter of libraries in general - I think they are wonderful and I wish the books there were better taken care of and had a bigger range.

    I get super attached to my books too! They are my babies and best friends. I have a pretty large library at the moment (too big for my current space) and I'm trying to read through all the texts that I'm "supposed" to know as a potential English and Social Studies teacher so the library and I are BFF's right now! Now I only purchase books I really liked or need to reference often, authors I love, and copies of GWTW. I collect them. It's my goal to own at least one of every edition! I want to be a dorky expert they call to verify these things on Antiques Roadshow or something. No first editions yet but I do have 2 from 1939, a couple from the 60's (one with original jacket!) some paper back/trade editions, a movie edition and it keeps growing! I also have a growing collection of old editions of Longfellow's works as well as old history books. I need to start cataloging them!

    Libraries have always been one of my favorite places to be so by patronizing them I help to keep them in business. It's so much less expensive and super easy. I utilize inter-library loan quite a bit as my local library is fairly small. General check out length is 3 weeks and I can easily renew. Most of the libraries in the state share a database with the local university system so I can log in from home or work, browse for books, order it on ILL if they don't have it at my local branch, and renew stuff (unless there's a hold on it). They also send me handy emails when I need to return/renew stuff. Tonight I start volunteering there too! Libraries also have great book sales to raise money and regain shelf space by selling off multiples of older books or ones that aren't circulating much any more or random patron donations they don't really need.

    I think in my next life/when I retire I want to be a reference librarian. Too bad you need a master's for that too! I just want to help people research!
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    kat180 wrote: »
    I tend to buy more, just because I re-read books over and over and over again. As stupid as it sounds, I get very attached to them. The creases on the spine, where I've turned a page over - all hold memories for me. Its a personal thing. I love the smell of a fresh new book. I'm also building up my own library. So far I own around 500 or so. I've given away 12 in my lifetime that I didn't like.

    I do also borrow books from the library (and if I like them I buy them) - but not so much recently. Ours isn't that well stocked and I really hate books with god knows what between the pages.

    However I am a big supporter of libraries in general - I think they are wonderful and I wish the books there were better taken care of and had a bigger range.

    To the bold: Apart from the quantity (500?) this is what I'm like. I can't get rid of books, even if I don't like them, it's so hard to do.
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  • g donyag donya Posts: 41Registered Users
    In the past, I did not have enough room to store all the books that I read. Now with e-books, I am able to purchase independent authors that are not available at my local library and so I am now buying more books. However, if a book is available in paper back I still go to the library and borrow it.
  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users
    A lot are art books and picture books as well that I collect as an illustrator :)

    But yeah - Ive always had books as gifts because I read so much, and its the one thing along with hair products that I will splash out on because hey - those authors need incentive to keep writing to you know! ;)

    I've started wondering whether I should just be a librarian...lol BUT no doubt you need a degree in it or something? And I doubt it pays much. I also wonder whether there will be that many libraries soon....
  • squigglycurlssquigglycurls Posts: 82Registered Users
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    I like to visit the library frequently. I used to really be into audio books but haven't checked any out in quite some time. I check out lots of paperback books for my kids when possible because I've had to replace quite a few hardback books which can get expensive. I don't squawk about it because I too don't mind supporting libraries.
    I also like checking out DVDs and CDs and taking my kids there for the summer programs they offer. Whenever there's something new or popular I buy it instead of waiting on the list indefinitely.
    I love going to bookstores with my friends for coffee and book browsing. The smell of bookstores is intoxicating to me as well as "Home Depot" (weird I know). I like to see what's new and I keep a running list of "must read" books based on what's in the bookstores. Sometimes I treat myself to a new book but mostly I treat my daughter.
    I have a Kindle but don't use it much because I like the feel of a real book in my hands. Although "Soul Identity,"one Kindle book I read was a page turner. I've decided I would use the Kindle to read the classics, more or less.

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  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users
    That's why I've never and will never want a Kindle. I think they are great for some people - my mum has one. But I love the feel and smell of a book in my hands too much lol! Also if I've read a book - I like to add it to my collection on my gigantic bookshelf! lol

    Tbh - I know it means you can carry more than one book with you which is great, but one the Kindle is in a cover its pretty darn heavy. Heavier then some of my books.
  • rj16rj16 Posts: 186Registered Users
    kat180 wrote: »
    That's why I've never and will never want a Kindle. I think they are great for some people - my mum has one. But I love the feel and smell of a book in my hands too much lol! Also if I've read a book - I like to add it to my collection on my gigantic bookshelf! lol

    Tbh - I know it means you can carry more than one book with you which is great, but one the Kindle is in a cover its pretty darn heavy. Heavier then some of my books.

    It is that heavy??? I really really want one but I would hate to not use it because it is heavy... Is it like the weight of a novel? Or a small textbook?
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I'm gonna say borrow (not from library thought because I can't handle the pressure of due dates and renewals). My borrowing is in the form of swapping through one of the online book swapping sites. I haven't purchased a book in about 2 years since doing this, and I get to have (and hold onto, until I can get around to reading it) almost any book I would have purchased otherwise. Swapping is sort of the best of both worlds, IMO.
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  • curlywhocurlywho Posts: 119Registered Users
    rj16 wrote: »
    kat180 wrote: »
    That's why I've never and will never want a Kindle. I think they are great for some people - my mum has one. But I love the feel and smell of a book in my hands too much lol! Also if I've read a book - I like to add it to my collection on my gigantic bookshelf! lol

    Tbh - I know it means you can carry more than one book with you which is great, but one the Kindle is in a cover its pretty darn heavy. Heavier then some of my books.

    It is that heavy??? I really really want one but I would hate to not use it because it is heavy... Is it like the weight of a novel? Or a small textbook?


    Kindles are actually wicked light. The weigh less than most paperbacks. I carry mine around in my purse with a cover and I'm a weakling.

    That being said, I LOVE my Kindle. I was hesitant about it because I like the feel and smell of books, but it is so incredibly worth it. I read a lot more often now because you can just take it out and read it whenever. Plus you don't have to worry about holding a book open (I know that sounds silly, but I hate when pages slip.) If I had to, I would buy mine again for twice the price I originally paid.
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  • curlywhocurlywho Posts: 119Registered Users
    I, personally have a problem borrowing books. (Before I start, I want to say I only hold myself to this, I don't judge anyone for borrowing books nor do I think libraries should go away or anything. I think they're good)

    On some random message board someone said something like "How would you like it if you worked really hard on something, got it published, and then people just traded your work around the rest of your life" (It was worded better, of course.) It sort of hit home for me and made me feel guilty.... so I only buy books now.
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote: »
    Borrow - I'm a HUGE fan of my public library. And by being such a regular borrower, I'm helping my own little library out because the more their books circulate, the better off they are. I feel like borrowing from the library is part of my civic duty. :)

    That said, I buy books that I love. So I guess I do both.

    Also? I don't really care about library fines - if I need to keep a book longer, I just keep it and pay my fine when it gets up to $10.00. Just another way of supporting my public library. :lol:

    Hee, that's the way I think, too!

    I love my library, for so many reasons... Not just for the books! Although lately I've been buying a little more often, just because of my Kindle.

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  • squigglycurlssquigglycurls Posts: 82Registered Users
    Spiralli wrote: »
    I'm gonna say borrow (not from library thought because I can't handle the pressure of due dates and renewals). My borrowing is in the form of swapping through one of the online book swapping sites. I haven't purchased a book in about 2 years since doing this, and I get to have (and hold onto, until I can get around to reading it) almost any book I would have purchased otherwise. Swapping is sort of the best of both worlds, IMO.

    Very cool! I will have to look into this swapping thing.

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  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users
    Hmmm Im sorry but yes the Kindle is light enough, but when you have it in it's cover to protect it it becomes heavy imo. I wouldn't want to carry it around.

    Great for some people - not for me. I just love the whole experience of reading a book. The smell, the texture of the paper, turning the pages. Kindles are almost too clinical.
  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users
    curlywho wrote: »
    On some random message board someone said something like "How would you like it if you worked really hard on something, got it published, and then people just traded your work around the rest of your life"

    I don't agree with that statement (not directed at you - I know you are quoting someone). Authors want their work to be read by as many people as possible. Stories and books are there for everyone to read. Surely it must feel great for people to love your work so much that they need/want to share it with others?

    Despite not using the library as much as I should - Im always lending books out to trusted friends. I can't imagine books only being available for those privileged enough to afford them. That just seems inherently wrong to me. Like the burning of books.
  • curlywhocurlywho Posts: 119Registered Users
    kat180 wrote: »
    curlywho wrote: »
    On some random message board someone said something like "How would you like it if you worked really hard on something, got it published, and then people just traded your work around the rest of your life"

    I don't agree with that statement (not directed at you - I know you are quoting someone). Authors want their work to be read by as many people as possible. Stories and books are there for everyone to read. Surely it must feel great for people to love your work so much that they need/want to share it with others?

    Despite not using the library as much as I should - Im always lending books out to trusted friends. I can't imagine books only being available for those privileged enough to afford them. That just seems inherently wrong to me. Like the burning of books.


    I can definitely see that side of it too. That's why it's something I only hold myself to. I've never even told anyone else I feel that way about it.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    kat180 wrote: »
    I've started wondering whether I should just be a librarian...lol BUT no doubt you need a degree in it or something? And I doubt it pays much. I also wonder whether there will be that many libraries soon....

    In the US you have to have a Masters degree. The pay isn't awful, but you aren't going to get rich off it. And really, librarians don't just sit around and read. :)

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  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users
    Lol! I didn't think librarians sat around and read! :D

    (Though that would be awesome!)
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    I still haven't got round to going to my local library. My nearest one is the big one in town because. All the smaller ones in the villages have been closed due to budget cuts. I wonder if all those books have ended up in the main one?


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  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users
    I just started getting a few books from the library because of this thread :)

    Im still in two minds about it. The books I have read I now want to buy. So I have them and can read them again. Lol. So it almost feels a waste!

    I like when you get a brand new book from the library :D Sadly the last 3 I reserved that came through are very messy, battered and (gag) have someone's hair in them *shudder*
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    kat180 wrote: »
    Lol! I didn't think librarians sat around and read! :D

    (Though that would be awesome!)

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  • LadyV69LadyV69 Posts: 3,397Registered Users
    Most of the time I borrow. I don't have room in my small studio to store a lot of books. Also, if I don't like a book, I can just return it to the library and I don't have to ***** about wasting money on a crappy book.
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    Thanks to a lack of funds I think I'm going to have to start borrowing books.

    I have a large amazon order set up and waiting and I can't buy them. :( stupid recession!
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    I buy most of my books used on amazon.com.
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  • curlycaraacurlycaraa Posts: 7Registered Users
    I lovelovelove to buy my own books because it's just easier and you know that it's yours and your not responsible but books are so expensive the library is the only other option
  • kkkenziekkkenzie Posts: 14Registered Users
    I'd muchh rather buy mine- I love keeping them, but it's so expensive so I have to borrow sometimes!
  • Parissy198907Parissy198907 Posts: 479Registered Users
    I definitely borrow more than i buy. A) because I can't afford everything on my amazon wish list and b) I'm a minimalist. I hate having things around that will just collect dust.

    On the rare occasion that I do decide to purchase a book I do so because my local library does not carry whatever title it is i'm looking for. Usually when I'm done with the book I donate it to my library. I do this with movies as well.

    The last book I bought was How To Die In Paris by Naturi Thomas for $3.71 on eBay!!! It's already in the library pile.
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