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Old 07-09-2011, 12:57 PM
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Recently, for some reason, I've been buying more and more books. I'm still reading at more or less the same rate, but I'm buying in much bigger quantities. I'll go to second hand book shops, and leave with 10 books. Some, I may never even read. I tried ebooks for a while, but it's nowhere near being the same. I get a feeling of satisfaction as I watch my bookshelves fill up. I'm probably an addict.

But, anyway, discuss your buying habits. Do you prefer physical copies to electric copies? Do you buy books with good intentions, but never end up reading them? Do you ever buy books because you think they'll look good on your shelf, and not because you particularly want to read the story? Do you buy second hand? Do you judge by the cover? Go!

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Old 07-09-2011, 01:16 PM
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I don't have any electronic copies. If I read online stuff, it's usually stuff on here or a few of my friends' writing.

But yes... I love physically buying books!
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:21 PM
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Generally I read everything I buy. I only buy second hand if I spot something in a charity shop window as I'm walking by. I probably should buy more second hand books to save myself some money!

I tend to buy from Amazon as well rather than going in to a shop and picking them up.

I've never ever even considered reading an ebook, I like the feeling of having an actualy book in my hands too much.

I have to admit, I bought Divine Comedy and Paradise Lost because I thought they would look great on my shelf... Divine Comedy I've read but can't get in to Paradise Lost at all.
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:34 PM
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I buy copious amounts of second hand books, all the time. I never look at the cover - I just read the synopsis on the back. I love browsing through second-hand book stores, and seldom buy new. This is because I rarely keep them. If a book is exceptional, it takes pride of place on my shelves as a comfort book - and it will get read over and over...and over. All the other O.K reads are regularly dispatched to charity shops to complete their life-cycle with someone else. Buying second hand means my choices are more diverse - if I've only paid twenty pence for a paperback, I'm happy to gamble on something that ordinarily wouldn't be 'my cup of tea'. I've got a beautiful antique cabinet which houses my books in the bedroom. I never display them - as I have no intention of loaning them out. To me, they're as personal as underwear.(I make notes in them). I never allow myself to own more than will fit in the cabinet - so the process of evaluation, thinning out and disposing of is continuous. I never read anything of any length on the net. For me, reading is relaxation - an unhurried pleasure. Lazy and luxurious. Squinting at a screen doesn't do it for me.
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"...I read mostly the posts of my fellow livewriter's now..." mentioned the goblin, adding "...before the internet came along I went through books like they were my appendage, yet now they seems a luxury in time use, so no, I still slip in the odd moments to read, but I soon want to get back on line and see who has written what again, ok perhaps forumland is the fast food of literature, but it's getting better all the time thanks to you now..."
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:07 PM
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I support the little mom and pop bookstores that carry an eclectic selection of used books. What I buy, I read.

There's this one little bookstore crammed into a corner shop in a strip mall that is right against a small pizza parlor. You can get pizza by the slice and go into the bookstore to sit and read. People share. It's nice. And your dog is welcome as long as it behaves.
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I try to buy from independent stores, too, but generally I can only use the free books from the library.
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Originally Posted by Rick Deckard View Post
Recently, for some reason, I've been buying more and more books. I'm still reading at more or less the same rate, but I'm buying in much bigger quantities. I'll go to second hand book shops, and leave with 10 books. Some, I may never even read. I tried ebooks for a while, but it's nowhere near being the same. I get a feeling of satisfaction as I watch my bookshelves fill up. I'm probably an addict.

But, anyway, discuss your buying habits. Do you prefer physical copies to electric copies? Do you buy books with good intentions, but never end up reading them? Do you ever buy books because you think they'll look good on your shelf, and not because you particularly want to read the story? Do you buy second hand? Do you judge by the cover? Go!
I can identify. I've bought a lot of used story collections, author and anthology and others recently in an attempt to study the successful short story writers. Also a number or newer writing books, as well as things like "Game of Thrones"

I mostly buy from or through Amazon -- used if possible cause it's cheaper, but very often ebooks as well.

and I probably have hundreds in the TBR pile -- both physical and ebooks. Some ebooks are copies of my existing paper books - e.g. Hemingways Complete Stories, the Faulkner books (that just came out as ebooks) etc. etc.

I never buy thinking they would look good on the shelf, it's always with good intentions of reading every word, but often books get pushed aside or partially read (sometimes with good reason) and then pushed aside for others. I actually prefer ebooks at this point, but still like paper as well, particularly for non-fiction. I have two dedicated ebook readers - a Kindle2 and a Sony505, but also read via Kindle and other apps on my Xoom Tablet and DroidX phone.

I'm very much a book junky, have been all my life, will be always no matter the form.
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Old 07-10-2011, 04:26 AM
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I've never ever even considered reading an ebook, I like the feeling of having an actualy book in my hands too much.

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I agree, although I've had to look up e-books at times.
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:46 AM
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I buy books all the time. Our local library is always selling ex-stock: two books for £0.50p and occasionally you can find real treasure there.

We have a lot of charity shops in our town and they sell books too, but it's very rare that I find books that grab my attention. Mostly Barbara Cartland and Mills and Boon or thrillers. But I do donate all my ex-reads to them.

I know that some people think it's supporting the devil, but I love shopping with Amazon. Its cheaper than the chain bookstores (we don't have any one-off stores, though I'd love to open one). I love getting my deliveries and I can plan my splurge for weeks. My Amazon wishlist for books is HUGE The only downside is I can't hide my shopping from hubby as he's as postman and the parcels all go through his office.

For my birthday this year my father-in-law gave me £50.00 of Amazon vouchers. I can tell you I had best time spending that. Real guilt free book shopping lol.
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I love Amazon and when you use the Marketplace it helps support some of the smaller retailers as well I know our local bookshops use it to increase trade.

I buy new books, old books, fiction, nonfiction. Yes the cover is part of what I consider and I don't care if it is paper or ebook.
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My house is so cluttered, I couldn't possibly have room for all the books I read! I buy them if I've read them and love them. And I usually only buy a series, but then I'll buy the whole thing.

More often, I just go to the library. I can be seen there regularly checking out 10-20 books, but that's for me and my 4 children, one of which is a voracious reader.

The most recent book I bought was an e-book written by one of our site's members for the purpose of writing a review. It was nice to have it on my phone, and my laptop - it's convenient - but I prefer a real book, too. It just depends though.

For me to bother with uploading something to my phone, I better need it often. So, for example, I am deeply religious, and I have all of my scriptures on my phone.
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I'm addicted to books. Paper only, I've never read an e-book in my life and unless somebody gives me a kindle, probably never will.

I had to impose strict rules about a year ago, I was buying books faster than I could read them and had around an 8 month backlog.

We had a new wall full of bookshelves fitted a while ago, they're full to bursting now, and therte are bookcases in every room.

Last time I moved house, about 10 years ago, I had to be brutal and gave away around a thousand books, about a third of my collection. It hurt, bad, even giving away the bad ones. And they've been more than replenished since.

I should maybe live in a library.

Oh, buying habits: almost always new, seldom online unless it's something specialist, and usually bulk. If waterstones have a buy 2 get one free offer, the one book I wanted becomes 3 (because its a bargain), except then I see a fourth, which means I have to buy 6... I always read everything I buy (don't necessarily finish it) and often judge a book by its cover, initially at least.
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Buying books is difficult, as my stupid fund keeps running out before we can go to st. george. ANyway, love buying books
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