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.  


  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.

  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!

  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.

  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?

  5. here's mine

  6. I prefer them new too, when I buy them. But really, content is king:

  7. Good answer. I like both. See my response here:

  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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