All other things being equal–do you prefer used books? Or new books? (The physical speciman, that is, not the title.) Does your preference differentiate between a standard kind of used book, and a pristine, leather-bound copy?
Good question, though difficult to provide a definitive answer to, honestly. I love to browse through new and used bookstores. I love the smell, the sights, the feel of both. Given the choice, I would fill my shelves with new books, but I cannot afford to be a book snob. So here's what I do. If I am shopping for something for bookclub, which necessitates a new book each month, I gravitate to the second-hand bookstore. For that special book, one I am dying to read and cannot wait for, I go for a new book. I love to check out the shelves of both. If I find something I like in a new bookstore, I will buy it if the price is reasonable. I have to confess, though, that I often buy more books at a second-hand bookstore. The price is right and quite often the variety is excellent.
PS I do love a good leather-bound book, new or used. Who doesn't? Sometimes the patina of a used leather bound book, softened with use, is more attractive. So there, how's that for definitive?
Given the choice, what is your preference? Please leave a comment below with a link to your BTT post or answer in the comment itself. Don't forget to link with the originator, Booking Through Thursday.
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