Do you buy your books used or new?

Use this forum for book and reading discussion that doesn't fall into another category. Talk about books, genres, reading issues, general literature, and any other topic of particular interest to readers. If you want to start a thread about a specific book or a specific series, please do that in the section below this one.
Post Reply
User avatar
Mely918
Posts: 271
Joined: 14 May 2018, 19:15
Currently Reading: Genesis (The Infinity Series, Vol.2)
Bookshelf Size: 21
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mely918.html
Latest Review: Poems to Live by! by Cynthia Aholelei

Re: Do you buy your books used or new?

Post by Mely918 » 31 May 2018, 23:37

It's half and half for me. On the one hand, I like having brand new, shiny copies of books. On the other, used books have a distinct quality and smell to them that I yearn for. It's almost magical to me to have a used book in my hands

User avatar
Dael Reader
Posts: 491
Joined: 05 May 2018, 08:39
Currently Reading: The Alchemist
Bookshelf Size: 44
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-dael-reader.html
Latest Review: Requiem for the status quo by Irene Frances Olson
Reading Device: 1400697484
Location: Ohio

Post by Dael Reader » 10 Jun 2018, 19:16

Both. I pick up some good reads from the Friends of the Library book sales at my local branch.

User avatar
chupke07
Posts: 133
Joined: 14 May 2018, 18:35
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 15
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-chupke07.html
Latest Review: The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami

Post by chupke07 » 11 Jun 2018, 06:47

Kyle22 wrote:
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?
I love buying used books. They are already broken in so I don't have to feel bad if they get creased. I have also always bought used books for my nephews since their interests change so quickly I don't want to spend twenty dollars on every book for them.

User avatar
palilogy
Posts: 452
Joined: 05 Jun 2018, 16:24
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 38
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-palilogy.html
Latest Review: My Author Is Dead by Michel Bruneau
Location: Asheville, NC

Post by palilogy » 11 Jun 2018, 20:28

I never buy new books. At times I go to a new bookstore, take a picture of the book I want to read then go home and buy it used online. I adore used book sales though and have found so many great copies of my favorites. I'm also an ebay seller, so I have come home with thousands of books to sort through and keep my favorites =)
Used books have character, personality and are just as good.

Eclectic_novels
Posts: 32
Joined: 05 Jun 2018, 02:08
Currently Reading: The Surgeon's Wife
Bookshelf Size: 17
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-eclectic-novels.html
Latest Review: The Elf Coup - Book Three of the Magi Charter by Jordan David

Post by Eclectic_novels » 20 Jun 2018, 00:23

I often prefer new books. There is something about being the first one to open that book and read those pages. I know it is silly but I like the feel of that brand new book in my hands.

User avatar
JR Mercier
Posts: 515
Joined: 23 May 2018, 05:03
2018 Reading Goal: 0
Favorite Book: The Bear and the Nightingale
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 120
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-jr-mercier.html
Latest Review: Superhighway 2 by Alex Fayman
Location: South Africa

Post by JR Mercier » 20 Jun 2018, 04:49

I've never minded old books. If all the pages are there, I'm happy. Most of the books I own are books I got from retirement homes where they want to give the books away. I always grab them up because all those books are so well loved.
Dream up something wild and improbable.
-Strange The Dreamer, Laini Taylor

User avatar
Serena_Charlotte
Posts: 102
Joined: 17 Jun 2015, 13:31
Favorite Author: Jeffrey Archer
Currently Reading: The Romanov Sisters
Bookshelf Size: 71
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-serena-charlotte.html
Latest Review: Superhighway by Alex Fayman
fav_author_id: 4949
Location: In a small, dark corner with my nose in a book

Post by Serena_Charlotte » 20 Jun 2018, 11:38

I have never had the opportunity to buy a used book, but I don't see any problem with it as long as it's in good condition.
Where is the line between insanity and creativity?
Is the reality of the world different from how we perceive and experience it in our minds? Does physical reality exist apart from the human mind?

User avatar
Hallsword
Posts: 28
Joined: 04 Jun 2018, 07:00
Favorite Book: The 11.05 Murders
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 11
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hallsword.html
Latest Review: The Altitude Journals by David J Mauro

Post by Hallsword » 23 Jun 2018, 08:00

My pocketbook prefers used books or library books. However, there are certain books that have come out where I will spend the extra money to purchase in hardcover or new in paperback.

StephanieCorinne22
Posts: 22
Joined: 23 Jun 2018, 10:01
Currently Reading: Counted Righteous in Christ
Bookshelf Size: 12
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-stephaniecorinne22.html
Latest Review: Who Told You That You Were Naked? by William Combs

Post by StephanieCorinne22 » 23 Jun 2018, 13:50

I usually always buy used. This is mostly because of cost. I definitely don't complain is someone gives me a new book! But I rarely buy them myself. As someone else said, used books so have history and are somehow cozy, so I really don't mind having used books.

User avatar
bclayton13
Posts: 168
Joined: 15 Jun 2018, 00:53
Currently Reading: Roanoke
Bookshelf Size: 23
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bclayton13.html
Latest Review: The Obscure Truth by Juelle Christie

Post by bclayton13 » 24 Jun 2018, 00:43

I love used books. My favorites are old library books, especially the older ones where the people checking them out had to sign their names. My favorite actually came from the same high school my mom went to.

User avatar
pricklypurple
Posts: 314
Joined: 20 May 2018, 17:52
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 159
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-pricklypurple.html
Latest Review: Pancake Money by Finn Bell

Post by pricklypurple » 01 Jul 2018, 12:35

If I buy a book, it's used. I don't know about buying used ones as gifts though...

User avatar
_mylilyotv
Posts: 22
Joined: 02 Jul 2018, 08:29
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 9

Post by _mylilyotv » 03 Jul 2018, 15:41

I tend to buy most of my books from local charity shops, a good 80% my books are from there.

User avatar
Nanig83006
Posts: 122
Joined: 14 Feb 2018, 06:51
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 40
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 41
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-nanig83006.html
Latest Review: The Witch of Endor: Vampires by RK Wheeler
Location: Somewhere, just not here

Post by Nanig83006 » 08 Jul 2018, 21:41

I don’t mind used books, but I prefer new. Used means loved to me, but sometimes people are careless. I once bought a used book only to notice later the pages were falling out. Used shouldn’t mean abused. :cry:

JoeyG01
Posts: 25
Joined: 11 Jul 2018, 07:53
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 12

Post by JoeyG01 » 16 Jul 2018, 13:08

Usually used. There's a used bookstore local to me that literally has thousands and thousands of books. You can spend a good hour in there just walking around and browsing. The prices amazing, the cheapest book I've bought from there was The Autobiography of Malcom X for 75cents. You can also trade back the books you've read and get instore credit for them, so I kind of treat it like a library.

CrimsonPrincess24
Posts: 27
Joined: 03 Apr 2018, 23:36
Currently Reading: success bound
Bookshelf Size: 37

Post by CrimsonPrincess24 » 21 Jul 2018, 18:57

I have used and new books but I mostly buy used books especially in booksale because it is a lot more cheaper.

Post Reply

Return to “General Book & Reading Discussion”