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Wow, good question! See...I LOVE buying books. It's actually sort of a problem. When I walk into a book store, I (almost) never walk out without a book in hand (unless my husband is there to drag me out kicking and screaming). If money and space weren't an issue, I would rather own a copy of a book. A beautiful, physical copy that I can call my own and sparingly lend out to others. There is just something incredibly special (that I fully believe was ingrained into my thinking when my grandmother starting buying me books at a young age) about owning a book. But not just owning...walking into a book store and buying it. Now THAT'S retail therapy my friends!
All things being equal (money, space, etc), would you rather own copies of the books you read? Or borrow them?
But let's be realistic. I have a small-ish house that already holds 3-5 shelf book cases, 2-3 shelf bookcases, and a smaller 4 shelf folding case...and they are basically all full. And that doesn't include the boxes of books in my parents' attic and the shelves of books in my in-laws basement full of books that don't fit in our house. Also...my husband and I are students. Money = tight. So...in the interest of being non-idealistic--I only buy a physical book (a) if I've read good reviews from people I trust, (b) been able to read part of the book online (thank you, HarperTeen), and (c) am in love with the cover art. If (a) and (b) are true, I might buy a Nook version. Otherwise...I show the library some love! My library card gets a lot of use these days!
So, what do you think? Buy or Borrow?