Buying Books

Do you buy books? I'm a little addicted to buying them from this place since the nearest bookstore to my house is over 25 miles away. My house is bigger than our local library, and I'm way too impatient to wait for the 100 people in front of me on the wait list.

While on eBay, bidding on a hand bag (Christmas present), I thought, hey, Shannon, why not see if ebay sells books? Duh. I can't believe all these years I've bought stuff on eBay and never thought of this! As a result, I'm bidding on three YA books (currently the high bidder, BTW), and have two on the way thanks to Buy It Now.

So now I'm feeling a little guilty, not because I'm spending money, because books are truly my only frequent indulgence, next to chocolate; I feel guilty about it because of karma. Buying the books cheap or second-hand means I'm taking away money the author could make, right? I feel it my duty as a writer to buy books if I ever hope to sell some. But then again, one of those Buy It Now books came from a bookstore, which means they'll buy new books and keep the authors in business, right?

What do you think?


4 thoughts on “Buying Books

  1. I totally agree! I don’t think there is a penny wasted when you buy books. I think I’ll stick to Amazon. It’s really weird, I had two of those books I ordered from ebay come yesterday–in Amazon packaging,from Amazon. What’s up with that?
    My kids, now 8 and 11, have rarely had the Scholastic flyers sent home. That’s a bummer. I remember being so excited when the teacher would send those home with us, and even more so when your book would arrive. Lucky for me I can just order for them from my own teacher account.
    Book addicts unite, Karen!

  2. True, good way to look at it! I sent my Hunger Games to my brother in Afghanistan and told him to pass it on when he was done. Now that I see the movie is coming out I wanted to read it again, so I re-bought it!

  3. Hi, I’m Karen, and I’m a book addict. Hee. I buy from all sources because I don’t have a huge budget for new books. I buy books new from our local indies, from online, from used book sales that are fundraisers for our libraries, from our school’s book club flyers, and go to the library once a week. One of the most important things to me is to raise my kids as readers and that means lots of books of all kinds going in and out of this house.

  4. I try to buy my books firsthand (but on sale) — but it doesn’t always work. *shrugs* Since I read mostly library books, I figure buying anything is a big deal…but I do love to buy books. However, it’s been a while since I bought anything secondhand, so I guess I’m doing better than in the past. One book at a time (hehe) — and you know? If you buy a secondhand book and love it and spread the word, that’s also important!

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