Friday, January 27, 2012

TGIF --- Buy or Borrow ????

I think I'm liking this whole TGIF thing......   and I appreciate that Ginger over at GReads hosts and has a question for us every week.   This week's question is:  Buy or Borrow:  Where do your books that you read come from?  The bookstore?  The library?  Do you prefer to own a book, or have it on loan?  

I'm a librarian, so I do get most of my books from the library.  Because I order books for part of our collection, I'm always looking at journals, reviews, etc -- so I'm always filling up my tbr (to be read) list with new books.   Plus, just walking around here, I see books on the different displays that catch my eye.   I'm also a big believer in the "try before you buy" way of doing things.

I don't buy a lot of books for two reasons:  1) I don't have a lot of extra money to spend (Librarians don't typically make a ton of money) and 2) I don't necessarily want to own every book I read.     I read a lot, and if I really, really love a book and want it for myself, I'll buy it. Otherwise, I can always check it out from the library again.

When I buy books, I try to always go through my local independent bookstore (we've got a great one with two locations near me), or I browse at the local used books store.   I also really like Book Depository UK because I can get my favorite British author's books, with free shipping.   I also sometimes get a free copy of a book from a publisher, author, or LibraryThing, which is always a treat.

So, that's my story.  What's yours?  


Amanda Makepeace said...

I admit, I buy more than I borrow, but I do get many of my books from publishers and giveaways too. We've also been visiting the library less often since my daughter wiped out their YA section. I do have my eye on a new independent bookstore in Athens. We don't have many bookstores out here in the country!

Alexa S. said...

I want to use my public library more, since it's such a great resource! My wallet needs a break :)

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Libraries are the and they store the books for you!!!

Annette Mills said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm a new finding other librarian bloggers!

Jen said...

I'm glad there's some library love from everyone!!!!

LupLun said...

Lot of librarians on this hop, aren't there? Go where your audience is, I suppose...

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