do you buy your books, read at the book store or library?

do you buy your books, read at the book store or library?

kawigrl kawigrl
library, buy or read at the book store? I hate that the costs of books are so high especially since a lot of publishers release books in hardcover first which is like $20+
01/20/2011
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potstickers potstickers
I get a lot of books from the library. Also, sometimes you can get free books online. Those are nice because they don't get damaged.
01/20/2011
M121212 M121212
I just discovered abebooks.com. It's a lot cheaper than other internet bookstores I've tried (Amazon, Chapters, Alibris...), mostly because they have pretty reasonable shipping charges to Canada ($6 or $7 a lot of the time, as opposed to $10 or $15).

I read books from the library a lot, but rack up late charges like nobody's business. That's partly because sometimes I don't want to give them back. If I reeeeally like a book that I get from the library, I'll usually buy it.
01/20/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Buy at the bookstore (used bookstores are very awesome) and I checkout at the library. The books my ex and I accumulated during our marriage comprise about 2/3's of our stuff in storage.
01/20/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
I buy. Takes me forever to read a book because I dont have time or I am too tired.
01/20/2011
Coralbell Coralbell
I read a lot, and get most of my books from the library. There's no way I could afford to buy all the books I read.
01/20/2011
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I buy. Either at new bookstores, used bookstores, library sales, or yard sales. I can't borrow books from libraries or even from friends because I get very attached to them and never want to give them back
01/20/2011
namelesschaos namelesschaos
A mixture of buying used books on Amazon, especially good for textbooks, borrowing them them from a library, sometimes buying new book on ereader if they are cheap and borrowing them.
01/20/2011
kinky girlfriend kinky girlfriend
Quote:
Originally posted by kawigrl
library, buy or read at the book store? I hate that the costs of books are so high especially since a lot of publishers release books in hardcover first which is like $20+
well I don't drive so I ended up buying books I haven't bought alot...I just have a wishlist now of books I will put on my kindle when my boyfriend gets his new debit card,its a late christmas present,I don't mind I want a kindle bad
01/20/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Since I can't seem to find enough time to really sit down and read, I can't really justify spending full price on most books, so I like getting them from the used bookstores. That way if it sits forever, I don't feel quite as bad about it.
01/20/2011
Danielle1220 Danielle1220
I do a little of both...when I actually do read
01/20/2011
Kayla Kayla
I almost always buy my books. Sometimes I buy them used, but I usually purchase them new. Which is ridiculously expensive since I go through at least 6 a week. x.x
01/20/2011
Pixel Pixel
Quote:
Originally posted by kawigrl
library, buy or read at the book store? I hate that the costs of books are so high especially since a lot of publishers release books in hardcover first which is like $20+
I do all of the above, and also pick up my books from a secondhand store when I can.
01/20/2011
Elliotstar Elliotstar
I mostly only read ebooks online.
01/20/2011
LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
As a college student, I buy alot of books. Sometimes on the rare occasion I will go to the library, though.
01/21/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
If it's not an ebook, then it HAS to be new. I can't read secondhand books!
01/21/2011
Beaners Beaners
I've started to do the library thing. I went through a phase where I was buying a lot of books, and then was like, "I am wasting SO much money on this..."
01/21/2011
BadassFatass BadassFatass
Quote:
Originally posted by kawigrl
library, buy or read at the book store? I hate that the costs of books are so high especially since a lot of publishers release books in hardcover first which is like $20+
All of the above. I also download ebooks. Books are my crack, seriously.
01/21/2011
ScottA ScottA
All of the above, plus e-books (great for public-domain works, love Google Books and similar projects) and borrow.
01/21/2011
Sammi Sammi
I buy them new if I can't wait to read them, or it they're something special or hard to obtain. Otherwise, I go to our local library sale and buy bags of them. That's usually how I stock my library - I am an expert at packing books into paper grocery bags
01/21/2011
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
I buy. There's a used book store near me, Half Price Books, that's pretty awesome.
01/21/2011
slynch slynch
I check out some from the library if I want to try an author that I have never read before or if I don't want to spend the money on to own (hardcovers are expensive).

I buy some from Amazon, some from local used bookstores (Half Price Books & Frugal Muse), and some from Borders. Most of the ones I buy are part of a series that I own/collect.

I have also borrowed/traded with friends & family.
02/20/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
Quote:
Originally posted by BadassFatass
All of the above. I also download ebooks. Books are my crack, seriously.
"Books are my crack." I love this. Its so true for me too. Never am I happier than when I'm surrounded by books.

I read a story once about a man with huge library fines. When he was pulled over his car was fully packed with books, leaving himself just enough room to sit in the drivers seat and drive. I thought - a man after my own heart. Not really, but I do have a LOT of books. The last time we moved, half of our boxes said 'books' on the outside.

I get some from the library, but mostly from library book sales and loaning to and from friends.
02/20/2011
liilii080 liilii080
I should go to the library but I usually buy. I like being able to take my time. I also try to pass them along to others and gladly accept from friends and family. I have a degree in English so to say I like to read is a major understatement.
02/20/2011
Pleasure Piratess Pleasure Piratess
I prefer the library, not only is it free and I get to take it home, but there is one a few minutes from my house, vs the bookstore which is nearly an hour away. Though I will buy if I really like the book and will read it again.
02/20/2011
VenusianThunder VenusianThunder
I usually buy at a used bookstore or online. I almost never buy a new book, even if I buy online, I usually buy used from Amazon. The library in my home town is pretty small, so I find that it is worth spending a few dollars rather than wait on a wait list.
02/20/2011
clp clp
Of the three, I use the library most often. Right now I'm fighting an ugly fine, though, so that is on hold for a little while. I'm working on getting a kindle, though.
02/20/2011
BadassFatass BadassFatass
I usually buy books once they're in paperback. I also buy books for my e-reader. I'm kind of a book whore.
02/20/2011
BeautiFullFigured BeautiFullFigured
I download the audiobook versions whenever I can.
02/20/2011
zeebot zeebot
All of them! I reread books all the time, so I'll often get books out of the library, then buy them if I like them. I also impulse buy books all the time.
02/23/2011
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