Friday, November 4, 2011

Buying vs. Borrowing Books?

I saw an article a while back that talked about borrowing vs buying books. And so I want to know, which do you prefer?


Borrowing Books

Pros- You don't have to spend money, even if you borrow it from a friend or the library. Hopefully, if you're lucky, you can barrow as many books as you want. Libraries have tons of books so you can find books on pretty much any subject. It's more eco-friendly (if you're into that type thing).

Cons- You only have a certain time to read them, and if you don't return them in on time you have to pay a fee (if you're borrowing from the library of course). Libraries may not always have the book you want or it may be on a waiting list and you have to wait till the person ahead of you is done with it. The books may come in a
damaged way (i.e coffee stains, pencil/pen marks. drawings, missing pages etc).

Buying Books

Pros- It's yours, so technically you're allowed to do whatever with it. You can make notes or high light stuff in it.  You don't have to worry about when to return it. There's something special about buying a new book and seeing that book sit on your bookshelf or wherever you keep books (unless you're buying them used, cause unless the person recently bought the book it probably won't be in perfect condition). You can read it whenever you'd like. Plus you support authors when you buy books because authors don't get any money when you rent their books from libraries.

Cons- Books are expensive, especially if they're new. This means that you may not be able to get as many as you'd like. And if you buy a book you end up liking you're stuck with it most of the time unless you return it or give it to a friend. Friends may want to borrow the book from you and some times not return it or damage it.

Inspiration for this post:
Is it best to buy or borrow books?



  1. I love borrowing books but I've found that the library usually doesn't have all the books I want. That's when I buy them.

  2. Same here. I love my library but they rarely get new books and when they do, I'm usually on a waiting list. So then, I buy them on my kindle cause its cheaper than going to the bookstore (gas-wise and price-wise).

  3. I almost always get my books from the library. I did some math the other day, and figured that if I bought every book I read, I'd be spending over $800 a year. That's a lot for someone like me who doesn't even have a job.

    That being said, I love the look, feel, and that whole brand-new aura a fresh book exudes when you get it right from the store. But I rarely buy books; most of the books I do own were gifts.

    And besides, sometimes you discover an old, little-known gem at the library that isn't even sold in the bookstore. Sometimes people do write entertaining comments in library books. And I've found quite a few Pokemon cards in books. Once I found a library receipt stuck inside a book for that exact same book, exactly one year ago to the date I checked it out.

  4. Annie: Wow! That's a lot of money! I'd probably be spending that much or more too if I bought every book I read.

    I actually buy a lot of my books although most of them come from my kindle cause they're cheaper on it and I can't get to the bookstore as often. I don't get books alot for gifts but other than that most of mine I barrow from the library.

    I agree. I've found tons of amazing books I either would have never have read if I could buy them in the bookstore or found books the bookstore didn't have. I remember in fourth grade I drew pictures on the pages of Anne of Green Gables. Lucky! All I ever find is receipts and student passes in library books. Wow! That's really cool!


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