Where do you buy your books? Are you an electronic device reader or do you prefer the weight of a book in your hand? I’d love to hear about your book-buying habits.
I am a book-buyer. Book being the operative word – I don’t have an eReader of any description and I have no interest in them (although I can certainly see their appeal, particularly if you travel a lot.)
I buy my books from independent book stores, second hand stores, big box stores, on-line stores, the annual library used book sale, the Scholastic flyer at school…if there’s a pile of books somewhere, I’m stopping and I’m probably buying. This obsession is probably the reason for my huge tbr pile.
So, tell me about your book-buying habits!
I am not a huge book buyer, preferring to borrow, free of charge, from the local library. Even with books I have enjoyed reading, I rarely reread them. That being said, I don’t really see the need to own a book whereby it just gathers dust on the shelf. Occasionally, I will purchase books as gifts, usually buying them at the local Chapters or Indigo. It is fun, though, to browse independent book shops to see what is available in the weird and wacky world of print. Our daughter and son-in-law are huge book buyers, and have been known to take us to independent book shops in and around St. Catharines where they live.
Thanks for answering this question, John! I definitely see the appeal of the library and certainly used the library a lot when I was a kid. I still remember going to the library when it was in the Saint John Arts Centre building – it was really cool. I think part of the reason I buy so many books (besides that, you know, disorder I have!) is the aesthetic. I love the way they look on my shelf and I love that they are a physical reminder of the worlds I have visited and people I have met.