Readers, as a book nerd, one of the hardest questions in life is whether to own a book or to borrow it from the library. I figure it’s time we settle this once and for all. Here’s an explanation of the pros and cons for each:
I’ve always preferred to buy my books rather than borrow them. If you buy, you can expand your personal library and thus impress your book nerd friends when they see the awesome might of your bookshelf. In addition, if ever you feel the urge to re-read something (as I sometimes do), the book is right there for your convenience. Owning books for yourself also helps if you need to research something in one of the novels or nonfiction volumes (hey, it’s happened!).
On the other side of the buying spectrum, books are a tad expensive, and there’s always the question of what to do when your shelf fills up.
Libraries, unlike stores, are inexpensive, and you can get as many books at once as you like. Also, a good library will almost always have a great selection of old and new novels to look at. If you have access to a library close to you, that would perhaps be your best option, as there is a plethora of knowledge for free at your fingertips.
The problem I have with libraries is that there are no good ones close to home. The nearest decent one is a forty-minute drive away, if you don’t count my school library, which admittedly is pretty good. In addition, you often have to wait for the book you want to be available, and new releases aren’t always on library shelves right away.
Well, that’s my bit for today. This post is rather short again. I’ll try to work on something longer for next time, but I guess we’ll see.
I’m still on Team Buying, even though I admit libraries have their uses. I suppose it’s simply a matter of convenience, and a store happens to be more convenient for me. Feel free to leave a comment telling me what side you’re on and why. Happy New Year, everyone! And, of course,