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The Origin of Books

How do you obtain the largest percentage of the books that you read?

Buy them new - from a bookstore, in person
Buy them new - online
Buy them used
Borrow them from a library
Borrow them from friends
Other (Please explain)


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Mar. 21st, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
I usually will buy them new, however if I am in a used bookstore, sometimes I come away with a lot of books. There are not many near me though.

I love browsing :)
Mar. 21st, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
I download audiobooks and listen to them on my iPod.
Library is #2.
I would need to do some serious pruning before starting in on buying many books. Except for my children, of course--buy books for them all the time.
Mar. 21st, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Audiobooks are a sensibly compact way of acquiring books - when downloaded, they take up very little shelfspace indeed. I've not listened to many audiobooks independently in my life, but when I was younger, my parents were regular listeners to books on the radio (Doug Brown) - in one hour installments, several days a week, and I would hear most of the installments as well. I can appreciate the lure of a well-read book.

Do you choose books more based on recommendations for the text or for the quality of the reading?
Mar. 21st, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
Probably the former more than the latter. I've recently enjoyed Bleak House and Devil in the White City not because of the readings but because I have been wanting to read them for a while. In other cases I have rediscovered books I read before (Pride and Prejudice through great readings that really qualify as performances. Moby Dick, which I have read before, is coming up. I am currently listening to a wonderful reading by Theodore Bikel of O Jerusalem! which I have been wanting to read for years.

With work and family duties I have very little time for reading and have missed it terribly. The audiobooks let me have the pleasure of literature while doing other things such as housework, driving or walking.
Mar. 21st, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
Mostly gifts at brithday and Xmas.
Mar. 21st, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
Gifts are an excellent way to receive books. I presume this means you aren't an extremely frequent reader of books? (Or receive such massive quantities twice a year that there's no need to acquire any more in between times.) Do you read more magazines or newspapers, or do websites deal with most of your free-time reading compulsions?
Mar. 21st, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
Just last week I re-launched my "use the (terrific) local library system!" campaign, but previously I had done an awful lot of online shopping, which needs to stop: too much clutter, and I'd rather save my pennies. I rarely re-read a book, anyway. As you posted this my library called to let me know that The Art of Happiness is waiting for me at the circulation desk! Yay!
Mar. 21st, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
We were buying used from the local used book store quite a bit when we lived in Berkeley.

Since we moved away, there's been more Amazon usage, though we're just not buying as many books as we used to period.
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