Books and how you acquire them

February 7, 2010 books 13

Years ago things were perhaps more simple in how we acquired our reading material.

Growing up most of what I read was from a library.  We had the big public library, I can remember perusing the shelves for fun things and using the card catalog for research materials.  In school we had a public library book mobile come by.  I loved it.
As a teen and older my taste in books changed and I remember going to stores and buying books.  Sadly in college most of them were text books.
Fast forward some 20+ years and how I myself and others find our books and such is much different.
I’m lucky that I’m financially able (spoiled) to buy many of the books I read.  If I decide I want a book, I buy it. I prefer hardback books,and don’t like smaller paperbacks, the print is too small.  I’ve also been lucky to have books given to my by some publishers to read and review….now that’s fun.  I do still use the library………..oh yes I do!  I’m not an e-reader yet.  I’m familiar with the Kindle, the Nook, the Sony e-reader, apps for my iPhone and more!  I do honestly love the feel of a book in my hands……….but I do love gadgets and techy toys too……….so who knows in the future.
I once also felt I needed to hoard and keep everything I read, as you can imagine I would have amassed my own sizable library by now.  At one point I started donating books to the libraries.  I sold a few at garage sales……but not for much, so giving them away made more sense.  Now what I love to do is find the perfect friend match and give a book to that friend.  I tell them I don’t want it back…..and ask them to pass it on too when they finish.
I still have too many books………..but not as many as a few years ago.
So how do you get your books?  What do you do with them if you buy them?  If you go digital(e-readers) do you ever go back?  Inquiring minds want to know!

13 Responses to “Books and how you acquire them”

  1. Crazy Mom of Three

    I used to buy them new and whenever I wanted them (when I was working full time and had more money AND never cared if my credit card had a balance.). Now, I try to not buy new books. I browse at Barnes and Noble, write down titles, then go to Half Price books and try to find some of what I have written down. I will also then go home and type in the book names on my library web site and aim to reserve them. Once in awhile I will indulge in something that looks great to read at Target. If I don’t mind waiting a bit and want something newer to read, I order from Amazon. Last resort is an actual real life bookstore these days … just can’t afford too much of it with my current job … but I think bookstore gift cards are the best gift; it feels so indulging to buy the latest at Barnes and Noble. I am not sure about e-reading. I think I want to try it, but I don’t see it taking over from regular books or magazines. But, who knows.

  2. Sally

    I purchase more books than I can actually afford, and give away as many as I can!

    I loved the post about your son, Nick. Now, that is just the sweetest!! πŸ™‚

  3. Pam

    I have always been a library user and would rarely buy books. But when I was living in Phoenix, I would attend a giant (and I do mean giant) booksale that was held every year by the VNSA. My friend and I would arrive early with every tote bag we owned, we would grab a shopping cart and fill those babies to the brim. All for around $50! It was awesome. I would go with my TBR list and search the fiction tables for those titles. Come to think of it, that book sale is next weekend (it’s always the 2nd weekend in February). That book sale is one of the (few) things I miss about living in AZ.

    Another awesome post Anita!

  4. Terra

    I am sorry to say I have not read a library book since I left elementary school…but I buy books – lots of books, I also LOVE my Kindle and love to load it. At one time I had WAY TOO many books around here…I started handing them out to all that I know…Eventually my piles dwindled and now I love to as you say…match a book to a friend and in general I don’t want them back either – unless it is a fav that I would love to read several more times! My favorite gift to give is a new book and my favorite thing to talk about (other than my kids) are the books I am reading. Books. I just love them weather they are touchable and smellable or in digital form!

  5. Jen

    I recently thought to myself that it would be fun to have a book swap on my blog! I haven’t thought out the details yet and not sure if I’ll even do it!! We all have books we’ve read just lying around that we could swap out in order to read more! After reading your post, I am inspired to maybe do it after all!! We’ll see!!!

  6. Mnmom

    I’m addicted to books. But I don’t buy them new anymore – can’t afford it! I use the library, and sometimes buy them used at a great local place. I also found that keeping them just made more stuff to dust – and books are horrid collectors of dust mites.

  7. My name is PJ.

    Uh-oh, I feel like I’m standing in front of a 12-step group.

    Hi, I’m PJ, and I read books. I like the way they feel, smell, and look. I have a line item in my monthly budget for Amazon.com. I wish I was kidding. I also go to the Salvation Army every couple of months and buy some. Once a year, in June, our library has a sale on books $5/bag. We buy several bags. I share books with friends and family. One book gets read by a minimum of 4 people right away.

    I will be the last person to own a Kindle or the equivalent. I don’t even own a cell phone. Thank you.
    πŸ˜‰

  8. Beth

    I do a bit of all you mentioned…I loved loved loved my library as a child and would spend hours upon hours there…I love my Kindle on my touch… I do like to buy books but I really like getting second hand books at Half.com… I am getting cheap and don’t like clutter…My goal is not have more books than can fit on my bookshelf…so we shall see…I don’t re-read so it should be easy to do!

  9. Raine @ Mama Rants

    Stopping by from SITS…

    I mostly get mine used, either from secondhand bookstores or Salvation Army, or from yard sales when I used to go to those a lot. I’ve always been a big reader, and also a bit of a book hoarder [I struggle with clutter/hoarding generally, but books & clothes are my two biggies, because they’re actually useful so harder to let go of]. I buy on Amazon sometimes, if I’m looking for one in particular, but I’ve been trying to stick to the used bookshop lately, and just do trade-ins of a few old books for each new book, so I can clear out some space for now.

    I have downloaded books on my phone before, or as PDF files to read online, but I like the feel of a paper book so much more, and I doubt I’ll ever get into the electronic reader thing.

  10. J. L. W.

    I love used book stores but recently I started using paperbackswap.com. I also give books away or contribute them to our MOMS club annual garage sale.

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