Thursday, February 24, 2011

Booking Through Thursday – Something Old, Something New

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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?

If I buy a book, I prefer a new copy. I like the scent of freshly printed pages and the feeling that a book is only mine. Plus, buying new hard copies helps printed books survive in the electronic era.  

8 comments:

  1. Most of my books are digital since some of them are not available here in our country, but I do buy printed copies if they are available here and I really, really want to own them.

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  2. Well, there's a place for both hard copies and digital copies :) As long as authors continue writing books for us readers...

    Here's my Something Old, Something New post!

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  3. I hate to admit it (mostly because my family the mick out of me when I say it) but I do love the smell of new books. Being the first to crack open that spine is awesome.
    Sally.
    http://theelifylop.blogspot.com/2011/02/booking-through-thursday-7.html

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  4. YAY for printed books! I prefer new books just because they look prettier (and as long as bookstores are able to stay open, I know I can find a new copy of the book I want instead of hunting for a used copy). I admit though that I don't really like the fresh-page smell... it's overwhelming sometimes. Weird, huh?

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  5. here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/02/booking-through-thursday_24.html

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  6. I prefer them new too, when I buy them. But really, content is king: http://mostraum.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/booking-through-thursday-something-old-something-new/

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  7. Good answer. I like both. See my response here: http://shirley-mybookshelf.blogspot.com/2011/02/booking-through-thursday-something-old.html

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  8. I love your answer. I buy new books whenever I can. For out-of-print titles I have to look for used copies. And though I feel it's a losing battle when it comes to helping print books survive, I can't quite bring myself to buying that e-reader yet. I don't want to see those last few bookstores close their doors.

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Don't hesitate to drop me a few strange new words! I'd love to hear what you think!

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