Thursday Thoughts is a brand new feature that Ashley at Ok, Let's Read has created. It's basically a weekly discussion feature on certain topics. Since I've been wanting to get into writing more discussion posts, I thought it would be a great idea to join. (You may find more details and a list of future topics here.)
"Each week I will post a new, conversational post talking about a specific, book-related topic. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to join! The whole point of Thursday Thoughts is to hear different points of view and opinions, otherwise I would have just kept it for myself! All I ask is that you put a link to Ok, Let's Read somewhere on your post so that other's can join in if they would like. In addition to that, each week my post will have a Linky widget on the bottom so that we can all link up, read each other's posts and hopefully spark some quality conversation!"
This week's topic:
March 20: Library Vs. Bookstore - Do you go to the library or the bookstore more often? Do you prefer one over the other and why? When it comes to bookstores, do you prefer chain stores or used book stores? Do you care about the condition of a book you purchase?/Do you ever buy used/scratch and dent?I'm going to tackle Ashley's questions one by one.
Do you go to the library or the bookstore more often?
Hands down, I go to the library more often. I've gone to my school library (I never go to the county one) practically every school day this school year. First of all, the library is a good place to go during lunch and get work done/print papers/read/etc. I also just spent an entire trimester as a library TA, so not only was I in the library, but I was behind the desk, scanning books, doing inventory, preparing new books for checkout, reading, making book lists, and reading. I never check out books, though. I've probably lent out more books in the last few months than I have borrowed from the library all school year.
I go to the bookstore there occasionally. It's a bit out of the way, but I like to go there and check out the used books and buy a book once in awhile. Most of my book buying is done online, though, so I don't get a lot of books at actual bookstores.
Do you prefer one over the other and why?
Since I've actually worked in a library (and got a grade for it!), I have to say I prefer libraries.
When it comes to bookstores, do you prefer chain stores or used book stores?
Um. Well, I hardly ever go to used book stores. I never go to chain ones either. This is really sad, but I've only been to a chain book store (Barnes & Noble) two or three times, and none of those times were even to the one that is in the city next to mine (which is less than an hour away). I went to one in California when I visited family and one in Portland when I went to a state conference. The only bookstore I really go to is the small indie bookstore in town . . .
I really need to get out more, don't I?
Do you care about the condition of a book you purchase?/Do you ever buy used/scratch and dent?
Not really. I buy used books all the time! Most of them are in pretty good condition, and quite a few books look used after they've been on my bookshelf awhile anyway. The only used books I avoid are old library hardbacks. Those things drive me nuts--I really don't like having the jacket in the plastic and taped to the book.
Here are some books I got used:
I bought Article 5 as a scratch & dent on bookoutlet.com for only two or three dollars. I expected it to be show heavy signs of wear, but other than a crease on the cover (it may be hard to tell in the picture, but that's the line between the E and the 5 in the title) and the black dot that marks it as used, the book arrived in perfect condition.
I bought Reboot off of Bookoutlet too. this is another thing that I try to avoid in used books: smudged up covers. (See the white spots on the cover?) The surprise that I found on the title page totally makes up for it, though!
See? Old library book with it's plastic covering, stickers, and stamps. Ew. (I absolutely adore the book, though.)
Now it's your turn! How would you answer some of these questions?