I’ve asked, in the past, about whether you more often buy your books, or get them from libraries. What I want to know today, is, WHY BUY? If you usually buy your books, tell me why. Why buy instead of borrow? Why shell out your hard-earned dollars for something you could get for free?
I used to be a die-hard library user and would rarely buy books. But something shifted this last year -- as my reading increased (thanks in part to LibraryThing), my book lust did too, exponentially and so, of course, did my TBR pile.
Why buy? I LOVE being able to finish a book, walk over to the bookshelf, ponder what I want to read next and just pull it off the shelf. Great books, no waiting! That said, I buy almost all my books used, most of them from Goodwill (charity store) for a couple bucks each. If I can't find what I'm looking for there, Powell's is just down the street and they have tons of used books.
I also get a lot of free books -- some mooched from book pals around the world and some ARCs (Advanced Reader Copy) from publishers - Shelf Awareness is a great resource for finding out about freebies from publishers. I'm also a moocher as well as a moochee - I love passing on good books to friends. The ones I keep are usually the hardcovers and/or the ones that are really special to me and that I'm sure to re-read.
And -- I still love my library. At any given time, I usually have ~20 books, DVDs and CDs checked out or reserved. We have a great library system here in Portland, a beautiful central library building and lots of good neighborhood branches (that's ours in the photo at right). I support our library through my overdue fines (ahem).