Do you like to buy a book or just borrow it?

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@youless (86595)
Guangzhou, China
June 12, 2007 3:38am CST
Although it has an advantage to borrow a book. That is you will finish reading it as soon as possible so that you can return it. However, I still like buying a book. As it'll be clean and I can read whenever I like. I like to own something that belongs to me:)
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@mexshyl (878)
• China
12 Jun 07
Hi, youless. I like reading books. However, I do not buy too much only if it's in need or I'm really interested in it. On most occasion, I just borrow them to read. By the way, more and more books are more expensive than before. :) Have a nice day!
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Jun 07
You're right. Books become much more expensive than before. But the knowledge is priceless, isn't it?:)
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@mexshyl (878)
• China
13 Jun 07
You're absolutely right, youless. In any case, they're priceless!!! :)
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 07
hi youless! i love reading and i love to buy new books.. Because i love collecting books by some authors.. and hopefully have a library in my home one day. I don't mind buying secondhand books if it's too difficult to obtain.. like the old canvas-bound books by Leo Tolstoy.
@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Jun 07
I can tell that you really like reading, good to you.
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• Malaysia
12 Jun 07
Oooh, I wanna have a library too!! I love reading and I prefer to buy than borrowing, because some people are very particular about the way other people handle their books (like me!).. LOL
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@diillu (5130)
12 Jun 07
I like to buy books rather than to borrow. After i buy books i just can keep it for myself. And im making my own book collection which is helping alot on buying books. And if i burrow books than i will have to return it in time..sometimes i can't even enjoy the book properly thinking about returning in time.I just happen to read it fast in order to return it in time. So, i think if you want to enjoy reading book then it is alot better to buy yourself rather htan to burrow it.
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Jun 07
I agree with you. It's better to keep your own book.
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• Malaysia
12 Jun 07
I feel the same way diilu~! I'd rather buy than borrow even if it means my coming out from my own pocket.. =)
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
12 Jun 07
I very rarely read a book, probably 2 in 10 years. But I will not borrow for some reason, I will have to go and buy it brand new.
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Jun 07
Thanks for your response.
@easy888 (10406)
• Australia
12 Jun 07
Hello,youless,i do not like to read books honestly,i will not buy a book becasue i know i will not finish it,i will just waste my money,so it is better for me to borrow the book,in case i feel bored with the book,i can just return it without spending any money,but i have to remember to return the book or i will have late returning fees charged by the library.
@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Jun 07
It's fine that you don't like reading, you must have something important and interesting to do in your spare time.
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@marinarovi (1318)
• Argentina
15 Jun 07
I borrow books all the time from my friends, and I buy second-hand books from time to time and sell them right after I finished reading them... but I still think there are some books worth buying, and keeping. I don't know why, and I'm pretty sure I'll never read them again, but it's just nice to have them there in MY bookshelves. Besides, I enter a bookstore and can get lost in there for hours (my boyfriend teases me, he says I love books more than I love him, I should be banned 100 meters from a bookstore, ha ha ha)
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Jun 07
When I go to the bookstore, I can't help buying at least a few books.
• Argentina
16 Jun 07
I don't know, but I'm begining to think it is a common disease for all book lovers, he. Enjoy your library, loud as it may be!!
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@Lecaro (1105)
• Romania
14 Jun 07
i love shopping... :D so i like very much to go in a hypermarket and see all the books that they have and then to choose one and buy it but if i want to read a certain book and i know that one of my friends have it i will borrow it from him. i always say that i will give it back after i read it whenever will be, because i don;t like to be stressed by a date! and they are ok with that!
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
14 Jun 07
I don't know whether it is the same in other countries. Here the supermarkets also have a part to sell books.
@Lecaro (1105)
• Romania
14 Jun 07
here at supermarket we can find only news papers or magazines :d
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@kellys3ps (3731)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I definately prefer buying books. One of the main reasons I buy the books I read is because we have an extremely small library in the town I live in, and they don't have many of the books I want to read.
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
31 Mar 08
Perhaps your books collection are more than the library one day
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
30 Mar 08
i prefer to borrow books now than buying. books are getting really expensive nowadays... and if i am to buy one, i would usually buy from book sale which is about 70% less of the original price. :)
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Mar 08
It's true that books are much more expensive than before.
• Canada
30 Mar 08
Whenever i borrow a book somehow it always ends up at the bottom of my reading list. I always feel so guilty becasue i usually borrow a book for so long that when i return it the person ofter forgets they lent it to me. I would much rather buy a book and take aslong as i need with it should i get busy or seomthing.
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Mar 08
Thanks for your response.
@jc00771 (155)
• China
30 Mar 08
well youless i also have the hobie as you do however sometims i also just borrow books from the libary and read. you know the books devided into two parts: some kind of books you just want to read it once and never read again. so for this kind of book i just borrow and read. and another kind of books are defferent: they are worth reading for twice or even more times, for this kind of book i may buy and store them on my book shiefs. so it depends, especially for those tool-books as you need to check up frequently it is necessary for you to buy and own them of course.
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Mar 08
Here the books in the library are old and not clean. I don't like reading them.
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Either way is fine by me. So long as I can read it and all then that is fine by me. I don't mind buying the book but so long as I can afford it.
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Mar 08
That's good.
• Hong Kong
30 Mar 08
I love buying books! I never borrow any books except a friend has something I want to read but I don't intend to buy. I just love the feeling of owning books and knowing that they are already there when I have time to read!
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Mar 08
I like buying books via the net because it will give me a better price. I know the books in Hong Kong are usually very expensive.
• China
29 Mar 08
hi!youless!I used to buy some books what I love ,and borrow or exchange some books what I don't care from some friends.
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Mar 08
Thanks for your reply.
• Malaysia
29 Mar 08
Most of the time i will borrow a book. But in some occation i will have to buy a book. I like buying too but i don't have a lot of buying that many books.
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Mar 08
Thanks for your response.
• China
1 Nov 07
In most cases, I will choose the new book. Mainly because I cannot borrow books exactly needed from library or others place.
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Nov 07
Thanks for your reply.
• United States
1 Nov 07
I prefer to buy my books ..I have hardly ever gotten a book out of the library or borrowed one. Since I like to underline, highlight and write in the margins, It is much better that I purchase my own books.
@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Nov 07
You are right:)
• Philippines
31 Oct 07
It really depends on the book I want to read. If its something that I want to have like Harry Potter then I'll buy it but if I just want to read during my spare time then I'll just borrow one. Our school library often had the book that I want to read and being one of the employees' daughter, I have the privilege to return it whenever I like as long as I named the book to my mom.
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Nov 07
I think there is an advantage of buying a book. That is I can leave my books for my child:)
• Philippines
31 Oct 07
There are books that I will just borrow especially those books that I only need as reference and if I can't afford to buy one for me. I also buy book that I really want that I can do some markings on it.
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
31 Oct 07
Thanks for your response.
@ishqvishq (1023)
• India
31 Oct 07
harry porter  - cover
i like to buy books bcs if you borrow books not easy that book you have always when you wana read that so better we byu
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@youless (86595)
• Guangzhou, China
31 Oct 07
I agree with you:)