BTT: Something Old, Something New

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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?

I used to, but not anymore. I’ve had quite a shift and now I even like rescuing older books, especially if they’re falling apart. Someone needs to love them!

I’m not crazy when it comes to books…

I used to prefer them pristine, but I actually started out with second hand books. They were mostly second hand Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Andrew Neiderman books that began my collection. Eventually I became pretty fastidious when it comes to creases, marks, and usage, and I still like a book to be in excellent condition if I buy it brand new.

The thing is with brand new books; if I’m spending a lot of money on them I’m going to expect them to be in mint condition. It pisses me off if they aren’t, but in all honesty it doesn’t matter to me if a book is old and worn when I’m reading it unless it is a library book because some of the things I have found in library books… It can make me shudder at the thought of it.

Who am I to bat an eye over a worn book though when so many of my copies are second hand? I love going to book fairs and buying cheaper old books now. There’s so many people out there who get rid of their books and others who just throw them away (eek!) that I have to have them. I must adopt used books. Besides, your books are going to get old anyway.

28 thoughts on “BTT: Something Old, Something New

  1. I’m also a used book lover. I have shops that I frequent for such books and I’m quite lucky to find really nice ones. Those with barely any tears or creases in their spines at about 1/4 the price in regular stores. Even though they’re old, I often treat them as if they’re new. My full answer can be read here. 🙂 Cheers!


  2. I have a good mix of old and new and definitely feel like a rescuer sometimes when I buy a used book, particularly if it is a hardcover. Please visit my blog to read my response to Something Old, Something New.


  3. I do like the sound of rescuing books! And yes, old books do come to us all one way or another. Some of my formerly pristine favourites are looking distinctly worn, many years and re-readings later.


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