Even if you are a die-hard fan of the public library system, I’m betting you have at least ONE permanent resident of your bookshelves in your house. I’m betting that no real book-lover can go through life without owning at least one book. So … why that one? What made you buy the books that you actually own, even though your usual preference is to borrow and return them?
If you usually buy your books, tell me why. Why buy instead of borrow? Why shell out your hard-earned dollars for something you could get for free?
Over the course of my life, I’ve usually borrowed my books. Recently, I’ve been getting quite a few of my books from BookMooch. I’ve also been buying a few. I’m buying (including BookMooch in that definition) because the books I want to read aren’t available at my small-town library. I determined to read all the books on this list of 100 — and very few of them are available at my library. I also borrow books from family members and a few friends (I loan, too).
I guess the succinct answer is, I pay for books that I can’t get easily for free. I’m trying to be intentional about at least some of my reading intake, not just browsing the shelves for every tasty bite.
I also buy books sometimes when I’ve been otherwise hooked on a series and I can’t find the rest/next through the usual avenues.