Friday, January 28, 2011

Beg, Borrow, or Buy?

I went to a talk recently about publishing trends and at one point the speaker said, “People either buy books, or get them from the library. They don’t do both.”

Umm…I do both. If I didn’t get books from the library I wouldn’t be able to buy enough books to support my habit. I’d have to go to bookaholics anonymous. I do buy books as well, though. Sometimes these are books that I’ve already read and know that I’ll want to reread in the future, but sometimes they’re ones with so much hype that I can’t resist. (The Uglies Series, The Hunger Games, Across the Universe etc.)

I feel like there’s also a third group of people, the ones who beg books off of their friends and families, only to sometimes return them. Oh, you know who you are.

So what about you? Do you Beg, Borrow, or Buy? Or maybe you get your books in a completely different way that doesn’t fall into the categories of my snazzy title.

25 comments:

  1. Since I got my full-time job, I tend to buy more books than borrow. I do reviews on my book reviews blog, so sometimes books are given to me. Who doesn't love free books? ;) I still love libraries, and if there is a book I want to read that I don't have the money right now to buy and the like, I will borrow. Of course, considering I've worked in two different types of libraries, I have to be a supporter. :D I don't typically beg for books, though, yet I would add "gifted books" to your list.

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  2. I buy A LOT of books, but I also borrow a lot from the library and end up buying them because I want to reread them (I know, I can always reborrow them from the library). I'm with you about the hype thing. I have a tendency of buying books based on hype, but I'm trying not to do that so much now.

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  3. All three! I buy a lot of books now that I have my Nook. But the older ones are pretty cheap, like .99.

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  4. Ah, I definitely do all three! I download books onto my kindle but beg for hand-me-downs from my hubby and mother in law. Nice post:)

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  5. I borrow from the library and buy, because like you, I have a total book shopping addiction! I try to limit my purchases to books I know I'm going to love so much that I'll want to reread them.

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  6. I mostly get books from the library, and I buy books that are from my favourite author, or ones that I've read from the library and loved. I also borrow from friends a little bit, though not as much as in the past. And then there are the review books, which are mostly eGalleys.

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  7. I do all three, although it's less begging and more "sweet talking" into getting it lent to me. :) I return those though, might take awhile.

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  8. A long time ago, in a galaxy, far far away...oh, wait.

    The library was my second home until a dozen years ago. Then I began buying books.

    Now, with towering stacks of them, I think a Kindle is in my futures.

    I don't borrow books but my kid shops my 'library' nearly every time she visits.

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  9. I buy, I borrow, but I seldom go to the library. I should though...

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  10. All of the above.

    I read a lot, like 150+ books a year. I can't afford that, so I'm very well aquainted with my local library. I probably get about 85% of the books I read there.

    I also have a Kindle and buy e-books far more often than paper books. If there is a book I have to read RIGHT NOW and I don't want to bother with the library wait list I'll buy the e-book.

    I usually only buy paper books if I have a chance to meet the author and want to get my book signed, or if a book is obsure and not avilable as an e-book or at my library.

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  11. All of the above! I get a lot of cheap ones through Nook, but I have friends that I swap with. Our library is really far away, so I don't get there as often as I'd like.

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  12. I pretty much always buy or borrow from friends. I rarely go to the library.

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  13. I do all three. I have a large collection i own, I visit the library for things I'm not sure about (then often end up buying), and I have some friends I trade with (and sometime buy those too!)

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  14. Guh. I'm always lending! Half of my library is spread around town. Maybe one day I'll learn my lesson. ;)

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  15. All three! I used to work in a used bookstore, so would snag good books (with a discount) as they arrived. I use the library (although I'm bad at returning on time). I also borrow from family (and do my best to return).

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  17. I borrow and buy usually. I'm a school librarian but I work with the public library so they get a lot of the stuff I want to read. It's great!

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  18. I borrow and buy. First, I read the books from the library, then I buy the ones that have tugged at my heart or left me wanting to read them again.

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  19. I usually buy because my friends don't really read so I can't borrow. My library is tiny and it hardly ever gets new books so I have no other choice :( But It works out because I keep what I love and give away or sell what I can live without.

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  20. I buy books because unfortunately the library is often not an option. I live in a small town in the middle of a non-Anglo-Saxon country so if I want to read books in English I have to buy them or find a good friend or two whith whom I can swap books or e-books. I've never begged for a book but it might soon be an option. I lend books only to trusted friends - those who return them on time and return the favour too, borrowing me some.

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  21. I agree; going to the library supports my book addiction :) I can't just buy books 24/7, otherwise I won't have any money left. If I buy books, it's usually because it's in a series that I adore and have the rest of the books for, or one that I'm absolutely positive that I'll love.

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  22. I borrow books from the library that I want to read but have no intention of buying - especially non fiction books on subjects I might be interested in at the time. I buy books I want to keep - and sometimes I buy them after having borrowed them from the library! Its not often that I borrow books from friends, but I lend mine out.

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  23. I'm a buyer. I totally buy. Not just new ones, but I browse the discount racks too. And I don't loan them out unless I know I can trust the person to get it back to me.

    I'm a book hoarder. There, I said it.

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  24. I know I am late to this discussion, but I am a frequent visitor to the library and Barnes & Noble. I couldn't afford to buy all the books I want to read, that would cost a small fortune. My daughter reads 40 YA books per month, so you can imagine how much that would cost. Luckily, she is a big fan of the library.

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