Both. Mostly I get books from the library or have advanced reader copies given to me to review. I also read a lot of ebooks so those are new. When I do buy books I like secondhand ones, provided they are in good enough condition not to fall apart while I'm reading them. I like them to have a bit of history to them. I will buy new ones though if they're a new release.
I rarely buy physical books anymore, maybe 4 or 5 a year but when I do buy books, I usually buy new simply because there are no used bookstores near me anymore. The vast majority of the books I purchase are ebooks.
It depends on what kind of book I'm buying! Back in the days when it was for study, then new was essential so I could make notes all over them and not be put off by previous owners' thoughts.....
New publications I buy new but classics such as Dickens or Elliot or Austen I would happily buy pre-loved.
I tend to buy new books from my local Big W or Kmart. My partner also loads books onto my tablet for me. I don't mind buying second hand but it's quite rare for me to go into a second hand bookstore these days (there's very few of them around my local area).
Get most of my books through library, for 'normal' reading.
If there's a book on a particular subject I want to read, I will buy it for my 'reference library'. This might be only 1 or 2 books a year. All my 'library' books are in pristine condition, as that is how I keep my well-loved books. If I need to read one of my books, it gets 'wrapped' in a strong plastic bag, so it stays clean at all times!
I don't buy 2nd hand books for my personal library, never have, never will. That's MY choice!
Both sorts, but for a few years in a row, we’d attend the Lifeline book sale that would come to our suburb for the week-end. We didn’t need anymore books, but we’d send over $100 each year on used books.We’d take boxes of them home, & they’d hardly ever get looked at, & we still haven’t given them away. What we should do, is to return the ones we don’t want, back to Lifeline, so they can resell them!
I buy both new and old books.
I can spend hours in a bookshop (especially secondhand Book shops).
It is lovely to find books that are long out of print.
Or quality books that can be purchased at a pittance of their original cost.
Believe me when I say Books will never go out of favour.
I use the library extensively and also purchase second hand books from charities and school and church events. I generally only purchase craft magazines in their new condition to meet my requirements. I do not have to be seen with the latest book. I read for my own knowledge and pleasure not for what other people may or may not think of the condition of the book I am reading.