Monday, September 20, 2010
I love used book stores. I can't stay away from them. The thrill of finding a book I want to read for a dollar or less is almost equal to the thrill of actually reading it. Over the course of a year, I purchase maybe five books at full price. I usually purchase over a hundred from used book stores.
And honestly it's kind of been a point of pride for me. I have an amazing collection of beautiful books (I'm not talking about any ragged old paperback - I only buy top quality) that I have spent an incredibly small amount of money on. It's thrilling. I also feel like I'm doing my good ecological deed for the day when I'm buying a used book. I'm saving a tree! I'm keeping a book from the landfill AND I'm not driving up printing (and therefore paper-wasting) by buying new. What's not to love?
But recently I started to think about buying used. Not really a crisis of conscience per say (because I still plan to continue buying used) but just wondering. How do authors feel about readers who buy exclusively used books? What about publishers? I may be doing a good deed for the earth, but by buying used, am I doing a disservice to authors/publishers? I had never considered before that buying new means at least part of the money goes to support the author, publisher, editor, etc. Buying used supports pretty much no one but the used bookstore. Which is awesome, especially if you're using an independent used book store, but still.
So question of the day: Where do you buy your books? And if you're a writer or work in the publishing industry, how do you feel about readers who buy exclusively used books?
Posted by Julie G at 12:55 PM