I haven’t participated in Booking Through Thursday for a long time! I’ve missed it, so here I am again.
All other things being equal–do you prefer used books? Or new books? (The physical speciman, that is, not the title.) Does your preference differentiate between a standard kind of used book, and a pristine, leather-bound copy?
I find this question really fitting as my “comeback” to BTT. I love books, no question. New or old (secondhand), I love them. However, the cost of books often has me reaching for secondhands more than brand new ones, especially since I can buy four books to the price of one brand new paperback.
I don’t collect first editions or those leather-bound books, so I’m set with my choices. That isn’t to say that I don’t want to have first edition copies, especially if it’s of my favorite titles. Since my need is to read, I’m good with used books. Also, I find a lot of very good condition paperbacks in used book stores. I’m very good at sniffing them out, much to the delight/ire of my friends (their reaction depends on whether they have the budget to buy the book or not).
Then again, if I really want a book so bad and I can’t wait for a used copy, I’ll shell out the amount I need to get a new copy. Hey, I’ve stood in line for new book releases, and I’ve reserved a lot of books even before the release date. I’m not so very picky… not really.
To know more about my fascination with used books and used book stores, you can read “The Art of Book Hunting“. Some things may apply not just to the Philippine setting.
How about you? 🙂