To Buy, or to Borrow?

Which do you prefer? I almost always buy my books, unless I’m not sure it will be a good read, in which case I borrow it from the library. If I like the book I borrowed, I’ll probably buy it after reading it and add it to my collection. The question is, where will I buy it? Online, or from a physical bookstore?

The other day I was in a bookstore and saw a book I liked, but did not buy it, for various reasons. Yesterday, I decided to go back to the bookstore to purchase that book, but it was out of stock. Amazon, however, has the book, but unlike most of the time when the book is much cheaper on Amazon.com, it is the same price. I decided that I would forego the instant gratification of buying the book right then online, and would wait the extra few days until it’s in stock at the bookstore. But it’s so hard to wait!

Have you ever had to make that choice, between buying a book online, or waiting to buy a book from a physical bookstore? What did you do? I admit, most of the time, I do buy my books from the cheaper online source, but often price is the deciding factor. In this case, however, when the price was the same, I felt a moral obligation to support my local independent bookseller.

On the other hand, a lot of people choose to borrow books instead of buy them. What makes one choose borrowing or buying? For me, I love books and want to have a collection of my own. Do those who usually borrow not want their own collection?

What do you think? Do you buy or do you borrow? Do you buy online or from a bookstore? Is supporting the local indie bookstore a lost cause anyway?

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3 thoughts on “To Buy, or to Borrow?

  1. Interesting conversation you got started up. When I was younger I used to borrow all of my books. Firstly it was much more cheaper. Not everyone has the money to be doing book hauls every Monday or to buy all of the Manbooker Shortlisted books.

    Because I used to borrow many books, my book collection is quite mediocre compared to many other book bloggers or booktubers. But that’s okay because I am slowly building up my collection again.

    It doesn’t matter if a buy a book through the Internet or not for me. Even though I like the atmosphere of book stores and everything, buying books online is much more convenient and quicker (and in some cases cheaper).

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