Do you purchase books or read them from library?

Canada
April 18, 2013 7:33am CST
Purchasing books cost a lot,but those books will always be with you. Reading from the library is very cheap, but you will have to return the book within a few days. I have read many books from the library. Whenever I get a good book from the library, then I purchase that book from the store. Then I will be able to read that book at leisure; whenever I want.
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@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
13 May 13
it's borrowing for me, as i don't have space to make a bookshelf out of books i enjoy not to mention money. but if i read books that i feel i want to reread again in the near future, then i'll probably buy them although i haven't done that yet. it's a good idea of yours to do that.
@Fishmomma (11395)
• United States
29 Apr 13
This depends on the author, as there are certain series I enjoy seeing on my shelves to read anytime. I'll admit have been getting more books from the new library, as it just has so many books that I want to read. Its open more hours including Sunday, so I can check out books any day of the week. Its great to be able to browse for hours at books and find new authors to read.
@Pegasus72 (1900)
27 Apr 13
I do both, and even borrow from friends.
• France
26 Apr 13
Usually, I purchase books. I love owning books, surrounding myself with them, collecting them...yup, I'm a real book addict. I read at least two books per week:) To be honest, I'm not too fond of libraries. First of all, you have to return the book after some time which is rather painful for me (remember, I'm an addict:P) also, these books usually aren't too clean. I prefer new ones.
@Porcospino (22335)
• Denmark
24 Apr 13
I visit the library very often and I borrow many books. I read a lot, and it would be very expensive to buy every book that I wanted to read. I am very happy that I am able to borrow books at the library. My local library has a website where I am able to search and make reservations. The website tells me if the book is available and where to find it. Sometimes I buy the books that I have borrowed at the library (if I really like them or if I find them very useful) If I don't like the book I just return it the library and I am usually happy that I didn't choose to buy it because that would have been a waste of money.
@dodo19 (35632)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
23 Apr 13
As much as it is cheaper to read books from the library, I still prefer buying books. I haven't bought a book in a long time, but it's still something that I prefer doing. I will still occasionally read books from the library. It's not something that I will avoid doing, but it's not my preferred choice.
@roshigo58 (4870)
• Pune, India
20 Apr 13
Hi, I have purchased very few books. I read the books by bringing them from library. It saves your cost and place for keeping them. We have to return these books within a few days. But we can gt it again to read. So I prefer library for reading books.
@dogsnme (1266)
• United States
19 Apr 13
Books are very important to me so it's worthwhile for me to just buy them. I haven't been to the library in years. Unless they've changed their policy I think you can check out a book for two weeks or something like that, in my town anyway. It usually takes me much longer than two weeks to read a book because I read slowly and have other things that interest me as well. So, buying them is my best option. I've never been much for borrowing or renting anyway. I'd rather have my own.
@joizee (502)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
I do purchase books online which costs a little bit expensive since there's a shipping fee. Online shopping is better for my lifestyle because I have a child to take care of. Books are heavy to carry to, and since I'm a small woman, it is better if someone can carry heavy books for me. ;)
@youless (96900)
• Guangzhou, China
19 Apr 13
I not only purchase the books, but also borrow them from the library. I want to make a good example to my son so I have to read more. And therefore it will give a good effect on my son and then he will have a habit of reading. But lately I borrow more books from the library. As there is a new and very big library in my city. You can borrow 15 boos from it free of charge and the books are quite new there. This is why I love going there to borrow books. It can save a lot of money.
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
I purchase e-books. It's lighter, don't get crumpled and you can store it online.
@Aja103654 (5656)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
If I really like the book I would buy it if it's cheap. If it's not, I look for it online if there's a free ebook. I usually read books in the bookstore that I can't afford because I wouldn't need to bring them with me. In the library, if there are good ones, I would borrow them, usually I just read a book once and not get back to it, so I think it's a waste of money to spend when the book is available in the library. We are given one week to read the book. that is enough for me to finish it.
@ElicBxn (60907)
• United States
18 Apr 13
I do both, but I prefer to buy them. However, my favorite "book store" is Goodwill.
@dream_ozn (1757)
• Singapore
18 Apr 13
Hey Frederick, you are right, purchasing book definitely cost a lot and an alternative is to borrow from the library where we have alot of choices to read. But you are right, if we buy the book, we can get to keep it. However, i feel more comfortable buying a book that is new becuase it is clean and is mine to keep. However, i usually only read once and then never touch the book again and i b=personally feel it is quite a waste of money.
@maximax8 (29138)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 13
I joined a one month long course called Clutter to Calm. It is on Face Book and it has fifty members. I clutter cleared my lounge and posted some of the photos of it to the clutter clearing group. One lady said I should have borrowed books from the library instead of have bought loads of books. I own more than 100 books. I do borrow books from the library however I have run up a late fine of eighteen pounds. You see I have seen lots books so I don't have any room for more books. I got given an e book reader for Christmas in 2011. I love it because I have many books on it. It is great when I am traveling especially.
@Raine38 (9187)
• United States
18 Apr 13
I do both. If there is something that I want to read but I can't find it anywhere else or I don't know somebody who has it that I can borrow, I will just check our library and borrow the book. If I happen to see a book that I really like, be it an actual physical book or an ebook, then I will buy it as long as I have the budget for it. I love reading and while I like to own books that I consider collectibles or those written by my favorite authors, I don't really mind however I gotten hold of it to read.
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
18 Apr 13
I purchase books more than anything. I have the kindle and nook apps on my cell phone. It makes reading a lot easier for me. My kids do the same thing, with gas prices not cheap anymore. Getting to the library isn't a fun thing anymore, because you have to return the books in a certain amount of time. During the summer, we look around at yard sales for books. My oldest is a Patterson fan, and has been very lucky. Even at thrift stores and good will, she finds books for really cheap prices. I think it's great that she wants to read and build her own collection of books.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
I still prefer buying books :) At least I will avoid the rush of reading the book just so I won't incur penalty charges :) And I can read the book according to my own pace :) and for some reason, buying new books excite me and I get so happy everytime I see a book being added in my collection :)
• New Zealand
18 Apr 13
Unfortunately I have neither the money nor the space to keep books - so it's the library for me! I do own a few (literally) books though, those select few who are both significantly fantastic and re-readable. One day, perhaps, in the future, I too may own a bookshelf. But that's a luxury that I'll be putting on hold until all the other more essential needs and wants are met .
@nanayangel (7861)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
Hi there Frederick42! Yes, it costs more to buy books. I used to collect books that were made into movies but I rarely buy brand new books. Usually, I go to book sales and look for good books sold at low cost. We do not have a library back when we were living in the province so that was not an option for me. Now, I also had to give up most of my books because they take up much space and I decided to let go of things that I don't really need. I love books and when I read books, the story stays with me even when I passed on the book to a friend.