Any other bibliophiles out there shocked by the price of hardcovers?
I love to read and I have to fight the urge to accumulate books, but I don’t think a new hardcover is worth 20-odd dollars! Am I horribly cheap?
My policy with books has always been that if it’s worth buying, it’s worth buying used. It’s a strange philosophy, but I think it works out pretty well. There are some people, like my grandfather, who put a lot of value on buying new books.
Maybe they don’t want to wait to read them. Maybe they’ve had bad experiences with highlighting and underlining in books. Maybe they don’t frequent libraries.
I’m not sure of their reasons, but these people seem more than willing to sell the book a while later on Amazon at a nicely reduced price. I buy almost all my books there or in used bookstores. In fact, I even make a note on my Christmas list not to bother buying me new books.
Do you see an advantage to buying books new? Perhaps you want to support an author? You like that new book smell? Do new books have a smell? (I love the old book smell…)
I just can’t get my head around the idea that it’d be worth my while to buy a book new when it’s available (or soon will be) used.
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