Thursday, February 24, 2011

Booking through Thursday - New or Used Books?

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This week's question...

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?

My answer...

I always prefer new books, but cost can be prohibitive and I'll get a used book. My only problem with used books are that some people just don't treat their books very kindly and some can be almost disgusting to touch. That's why I prefer the new books (plus I love the 'new book' smell). If I do get used books, mine are contemporary paperbacks so they are never leather-bound or first edition collectible types.

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  1. I like your thoughts...I agree about the scent. I have experienced a library scent that I've enjoyed over the years, but that's another story.

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  2. I agree, too. I prefer a hardback especially if I think it's one I will keep. I tend to buy used paperbacks, too.

  3. I love my books and I always treat them well once I get them. I don't understand people who abuse books. Sally.

  4. Okay first! I LOVE THIS CAT!! Good answer - I think all of us wish we could get all our books new. Here is my answer:

  5. You and I are on exactly the same page with our thoughts on this!

  6. I love new books :) Sure old ones are good too but some have a smell, and you never know what people have done with them. Like read it in the bathroom

  7. I am not to picky about my books, I buy books wherever they are sold, that is if they interest me.

  8. Maybe I am the odd one out, but I actually prefer to buy used books. It is better for the environment and with my limited budget I prefer to be able to buy more different books. If you buy books from a website, most of the time you can see what state the books are in. I never came across a book I bought that way that was in a horrible state. Maybe I am just lucky ;) I also try to pass on the books that I bought again through bookcrossing, trades or giveaways :)

  9. I prefer new books too, mostly for the reason that you said "the new book smell"....I never thought about used books being dirty but glad you brought that to my attention!

    I am one of the strange people that used to LOVE the smell of ink on the mimeograph machine in school (I bet you are too young to remember them! I don't even think they make them anymore)

  10. Love that new book smell too. Don't have a preference, I just like books.

  11. here's mine

  12. I love scent too...but I prefer the used book smell (provided it isn't smoke or something....).

    Here's mine:


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