Booking Through Thursday

I’ve asked, in the past, about whether you more often buy your books, or get them from libraries. What I want to know today, is, WHY BUY?

Even if you are a die-hard fan of the public library system, I’m betting you have at least ONE permanent resident of your bookshelves in your house. I’m betting that no real book-lover can go through life without owning at least one book. So … why that one? What made you buy the books that you actually own, even though your usual preference is to borrow and return them?

If you usually buy your books, tell me why. Why buy instead of borrow? Why shell out your hard-earned dollars for something you could get for free?

I’m a buyer for several reasons. I like to support the writers whom I’d like to write more. Also, I mostly read in English and I live in Finland which means that English language books aren’t usually available here for free. Sure, if new (or older, too) sci-fi and fantasy books in English were available here in libraries I’d borrow them more. During the last year, I’ve started to use more Fictionwise and Audible where the downloadable e- and audio books tend to be available cheaper than in print form.

I’m also quite a slow reader and I tend to change my mind relatively quickly about what I’m going to read next so borrowing times aren’t that convenient for me.