Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #3- Used Books VERSUS New Books


I should be back in Canada today, but not back home in Yellowknife tomorrow...

The Franz Kafka versus Laura Ingalls Wilder debate is still going on until April 1st. So, if you haven't voted yet, head there to do so. But to tide you over until then, feel free to vote on something different.

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (April 1st, 2009), and if you want your choice to get more votes, feel free to promote it here or on your blog!

Who's better?

14 comments:

Sandra said...

Cheaper, previously loved, easier to hold open, can be schlepped around anywhere or taken to the pool and it won't break your heart, or your wallet, if something happens to it. Yup, used.

Kate said...

I am a sucker for reading books soon after they are published, so I have to vote for New Books. If I only plan to read it once, I will put my name on the waiting list at the library, but if it is one that I think that I may re-read in the future, I will splurge and buy it. I have an envelope on top of one of my bookcases entitled "Kate's Book Fund".

charlotteashley said...

Oooh, tough... "used" can mean so many things Pre-loved? Remaindered? Antiquarian? I loves me that new-book smell, but I have to go to bat for the musty, quirky volumes that give me so much joy.... USED!

Pooker said...

I love used books and buy tons but like Kate, I just have to have that new book as soon as it is published for the feel of it, the smell of it, and the promise of it winking at me from the bookshelf, even if it will be months or years before I actually read it. But the best of all is the ARC arriving in the mail in its nice padded envelope direct from the publisher. It's like being let in on a secret. And I just love those floopy covers. I vote new.

August said...

New books. I hate hate hate dealing with other people's filth and scribblings. (Pages torn out, things underline, snot and food and god knows what else smeared in pages, dirt everywhere, dog-eared pages, pages falling out or highlighted... gah, it's disgusting.) I buy only the books that I want to add to my library; books aren't (to me at least), things to be read once and then disposed of, so I'm interested in a copy that's going to last a long time and perhaps put up with some abuse. Used books just don't qualify.

However I buy used/remaindered books almost exclusively, because I have an extremely low income, and have no choice if I want to own any books at all.

Book Psmith said...

I had to laugh at what August wrote because I just came across some greasy stain on page 89 of my used copy of Blandings Castle. Ewww. In spite of unidentifiable smudges and streaks, I have been buying more used books this year. A lot of the books I want to read are older and no longer available to buy new, so my only option is used. I do prefer new books but I have really curbed my book buying this year. If I can get a few used for the same price as one new, all the better for my pocketbook. So for me, it is a draw between the two.

raidergirl3 said...

The cheapskate in me likes used - I even like the underlined parts, wondering why that particular passage was noted, and I like the thrill of finding a book I didn't even know I wanted, or one that I'd been thinking of.

But the impatient person in me likes new - I want the particular book I want RIGHT NOW and I don't want to wait until I happen upon it used.
I vote both, because it depends on the book and how much I want it.

Bybee said...

Used books...there's treasure on them there shelves. And no two used bookstores are alike.

Allison said...

Old books! There is nothing like the musty smell of a used book store to make my heart skip a beat.

Nicola said...

Used books, hands down! First, they are cheaper. But I also love finding things in old books. I love the name often written in the front. I love a dedication if the book was a gift and I absolutely love old, old, books, 1940s and earlier. I just love the history of used books.

Rose City Reader said...

Used. Almost always. It takes me forever to get around to reading a book -- they have to percolate up tot the top of my consciousness. So no need to buy it new.

But I only buy them if they are super clean; with no broken spines; dust jackets in perfect condition (if the book is less than 10 years old, adjusted accordingly for greater age) . . . . you get the idea.

claire said...

I love new, too, but it's so much fun to go hunting among used books.

Teddy Rose said...

For me, both! Sorry, I can't choose. If a book has been out for awhile, I will look for it used first. I like the price savings. However, there are often books I can't wait to get used. Luckly, these days I am able to get a lot of ARC's of books that I want. I have also been luck and have both used and new books on other blogger's blogs. I get just as excite about winning used books as I do new.

Anonymous said...

Used books are more exciting!!! Nietzsche discovered Dostoevsky in a used book shop and Michel Foucault discovered Nietzsche in a used book shop. The influential surprises one uncovers in a good used book shop are unmatched in new bookstores - especially the big box stores!
-Myshkin.