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Pre-loved books are kind to the environment and your wallet.

Do you buy new or used books, and why?

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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 usually buy new books but do buy the odd secondhand book
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.
My wife and I like reading used books. We always go to used book store even though we read more books on our phone nowadays.
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.
As I work in an op shop, i buy used books!
I find the cost of new books absolutely ridiculous.

We have specials of books that are not in perfect condition at 2 for $1 and absolutely nothing wrong with them except I only sell near perfect books!
by Finy
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.

Farley (book-lover)
I buy both but have gravitated towards more secondhand booksales lately, simply due to the bargain prices.
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.
A good 95% of my books I buy new but have bought pre-loved books I was unable to find new.
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