Confession time: I might be addicted to books. Not just reading them, though, but buying them as well. In fact, I bought ten books on Friday.
How on earth can I afford to buy ten books at once? I buy them used, of course!
Here’s why I love buying used books.
1. They’re cheap. I buy from Goodwill, Salvation Army, and my local library. At the first two books are around a dollar, depending on whether they’re hardback or softcover. At the library, it’s 25¢ a book. I can afford to only spend $10 and get ten books out of it! These days, I can’t get a brand-new book for that much. Also, all three places have a generous selection of books. I always find at least two or three I like when I go in.
2. They’re good. The kinds of books I find used–Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, Treasure Island, etc.–are much better than some of the trash that’s being published today. Give me a classic or a children’s book overTwilight any day.
3. They are modern (some). I have The City of Ember, Dragon Rider, and House used, and I’ve found other popular books as well. I’ve found that people tend to buy these books, read them once or twice, and then donate them. Stinks for them, but it’s pretty awesome for me!
4. I love books. Yeah. I love books, so I buy them all the time. It’s probably good for my bank account that I buy them used.
Now I don’t always buy used books. If I’m looking for a specific book (usually one that just came out), I buy it new. If I’m buying a book for a friend as a gift*, then I buy it new. But otherwise, I basically buy all used books.
My mom commented the other day (after I brought home more books than clothing on a clothing-specific shopping trip) that I’m definitely an English teacher in the making. I poked through my bookshelf, counted the number of “classic literature” novels, and completely agreed.
*Unless I’m buying for my friend Emily. Then I just buy her books I think she’ll like, since she raids the used book sections just as often as I do. (Of course, we both now have the same problem–not enough space for all the books!)
Do you buy used or new books? Why?