Tuesday, January 6, 2009

used books

I buy books new. I buy books used. I use libraries. I love books. I read a lot. Imagine my surprise to see that apparently there is a controversy swirling around the book blog community concerning buying used books.
Chris Meadows, from Teleread wrote on December 25th, "It seems there is a movement to require second-hand (or “used”) book stores to pay royalties on books they resell."
Molly at my cozy book nook was chastised on her own blog for buying used books.
Chris at Book-a-rama also had an interesting post about buying used books.

So, rather than supporting literacy and all the various ways people acquire their reading material (new, used, libraries) some authors and publishers want to somehow make sure they make money even on used books.

All I have to say is that if buying used books makes you a monster by all indications I should look outside my door and see the house surrounded by peasants with pitchforks and torches.


Pattie said...

Yep. Same here. It's all about profit, ultimately.

samantha.1020 said...

I cannot believe anyone would have the right to look down on someone for buying used books...especially with how little most people read nowadays. Sad IMO!