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Weekly Meme: Something Old, Something New

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment Go to 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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  1. goitaly
    February 25, 2011 at 5:04 am

    You are right, it is the story that counts. I have a Kindle and I do most of my reading on that now. However, Kindle+bathtub=a bad combination, so I like paper books for that or the beach. And I admit, I prefer new books.

    • February 25, 2011 at 8:06 am

      My mom bought one of those waterproof covers so she could take her Kindle to the beach. I just use a ziplock bag myself! 🙂

  2. February 25, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I’m afraid I am one of those fighting the transition as you can see by reading my response.

  3. February 25, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I haven’t went totally ditigal yet, there is still something comforting about holding the book in my hands. I do admit digital is great for accepting review books from authors or publishers though.

    • February 25, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Do you read the ebooks on your computer or a dedicated eReader?

  4. February 25, 2011 at 11:41 am

    We couldn’t be more opposite if we tried! 😉 Thanks for visiting Proud Book Nerd and sharing your response! 🙂

  5. Kat
    February 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    We differ in the sense that I’m a very sentimental person when it comes to my books. I’ve gone digital, but only partly. I get an ebook and if I find it good enough, I try to find a paperback copy. 🙂

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