RARA-AVIS: Library Cards

From: Karin Montin ( kmontin@sympatico.ca)
Date: 25 Jul 2005

As far as I'm concerned, not purchasing book doesn't have all that much to do with not liking it. It has more to do with priorities for disposable income. If I could buy every book I wanted, I'd need a new building to house them.

I use the library a lot. Interlibrary loans are great for those more obscure titles. (Currently working on You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up.) I buy maybe a dozen second-hand pbs a year, and this year I might go up to ten new ones. Christmas and birthday are good occasions for receiving new books.

The new fiction paperbacks I've bought recently have been by list members (Al Guthrie, Charlie Williams, Jason Starr).

The only hardcover I've bought this year is the new Harry Potter. I avoid amazon.com as a rule, but unfortunately for my local bookstores, the lure of the 40% discount was too strong. I feel more guilty about that than using the library.

Of course, I'm still working my way through books in the basement, bought pre house and children. Mostly second-hand, though.


At 11:14 25/07/05 -0400, Chris wrote:
>Terill said:
>>And not purchasing a book is probably the harshest criticism you can lay on
>This is said with a pang of guilt, but sometimes I think I am the only Avian
>with a library card.
>The ratio of books I check out from the library to books I buy is off the
>charts. There are maybe half dozen authors I buy in hardback no questions
>asked and another half dozen or so I pick up in paperback. I probably pick
>up five or six more a year based on recommendations or finding a good price.
>I would guess that is more than average but significantly below most on this

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