Do you buy your books used or new?

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Do you buy your books used or new?

Post by Kyle22 » 24 Nov 2007, 19:44

Do you buy your books used or new? Do you mind getting used books? Would you ever give a used book as a gift?

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Post by awelker » 26 Nov 2007, 11:29

I really don't mind used books. I actually prefer them. Not only are they cheaper, they have history too.
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Post by callalilly » 27 Nov 2007, 06:05

I prefer either. I buy a lot from half.com or amazon used. New ones are just so expensive sometimes.

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Post by AstonWest » 01 Dec 2007, 22:42

I buy mine new, but remaindered...

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Post by nerdgirlNV » 01 Dec 2007, 22:45

I buy books.. new, used, garage sales, used book stores. It's great fun to see what ends up in the thrift stores... 10 books for a buck - I'm there.

Of course, I'm also always at the new bookstore and amazon. =)

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Post by babypinkcandygirl » 02 Dec 2007, 08:06

i love old books but i buy new books if i really love the author. although i realised recently they tend to be mainly non-fiction as i only re-read classics and really good novels. i love scouting round old book shops, its the only kind of shopping i really enjoy :D wouldnt that be a perfect first date? or is that just wishful thinking!
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Post by Frozeninside » 13 Dec 2007, 12:15

Both actually. I prefer used I can get more for my $ and it's easier to find out of print things used.

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Post by booklover85 » 13 Dec 2007, 20:01

I don't care, either way is fine with me. I prefer used books because they are cheaper, but the used book store that was near my house moved. I tend to go to the library more now because of the fact that a trade paperback costs about $14.

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Post by callalilly » 14 Dec 2007, 17:52

I find that if I keep it on my shelf and if I liked it I can get the kids that I work with to read them as well. Sometimes I am a freak about getting other people reading! :)

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Post by Hoops4me2 » 18 Dec 2007, 14:57

I tend to buy paper backs new. I will buy hardbacks used or on sale. I also buy books on ebay.

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Post by Karen » 07 Jan 2008, 14:59

I buy either. It depends on what I'm looking for. Sometimes I can only get a new book. With a very expensive book, a used book in good condition is always a good choice. Then there are vintage books, that are out of print, that I find in antique stores. If they look really good to read, I'll buy them.

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Post by sleepydumpling » 09 Jan 2008, 23:19

I like both. There is something delicious about a brand new book, all crisp and clean. But also, a loved book is special too.
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Post by Jillian » 15 Feb 2008, 10:59

usually new some old classics used

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Post by Midge » 26 Feb 2008, 05:45

I went through a spell of buying used books, but that shop closed down. So I mainly buy new now. Also there's nothing like opening up a new book.

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Post by knightss » 26 Feb 2008, 10:55

I have new and used books.

Used books have a certain history to them =)
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