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Weekly Meme: Something Old, Something New

February 24, 2011 24 comments

The weekly Booking Through Thursday question of the week (via the Booking Through Thursday blog) is:

All other things being equal–do you prefer used books? Or new books? (The physical speciman, that is, not the title.) Does your preference differentiate between a standard kind of used book, and a pristine, leather-bound copy?

[I’m going to have to answer this question in the past tense, since I’ve pretty much gone (almost) 100% digital ever since I had my Kindle and also discovered that I could read library eBooks on my iPod Touch. Right now, all the books I read are in a forever pristine condition, given that they’re digital eBooks. I hardly ever read physical books anymore.]

But getting back to the question of do I prefer new books or used books — honestly, I’ve never really had a preference for either. A book is just a book to me, I guess that’s why I made the transition to digital books so easily. I’m not a particularly nostalgic person – I’ve never been one to go on about how books look on a shelf or how they smell or what it feels like to turn pages – what has always been important to me has been the author’s words – the stories and characters. Can’t recall ever being particular about the condition of the actual book I’m reading (as long as it’s still readable and not too heavy).

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