To go along with this love of the printed word, I love to buy used books. As a grad student in Bloomington, IN, there were used book stores all over. My sales resistance is at its highest in Borders or Barns & Noble. There is a fantastic library here and I take my son weekly. Why buy it when I can borrow it?
The same sale resistance does not exist for used books - I can walk out of a used bookstore with an arm load. I have 3 authors that I collect (Martha Grimes, Tony Hillerman, and Rex Stout) and I like to search for hardbacks in good condition with dust jackets.
|This is not my copy. It is the first Nero Wolfe novel, 1934.|
That said I also buy used quilt books. Over the summer I borrowed Fat Quarter Fun from my guild library and decided I'd like to own it. Yes, I keep a list of books to borrow from the library to "preview" before I buy. Let's face it, one new book takes a big bite out of my fabric budget and with the proliferation of patterns on the net, well, how many quilt books do I actually need to own? Apparently 3 more!
The Cozy Quilts book was a Christmas present. The other two I bought from used sellers for $.05 and $3.65 plus shipping - too good to pass up - $11 something for two books full of patterns!
Now I know there are people out there saying, "you should support your quilt authors." Well, I hear the same thing about my LQS's and all the other independent businesses out there. Well, used book dealers are independent business owners, too. My finances do not allow me to keep everyone in business, so we have to pick and choose. Since having the absolutely latest book from the printer on my shelf is not important to me, well, this works well for me. What works for you?