I am not buying books — I am buying an experience.
The GetRichSlowly blog has a post defending purchasing books rather than reading them via free means (libraries, borrowing, etc.). Reasons for this defense include:
- buying a book is cheaper entertainment compared to other entertainment options (movies, cable, etc.)
- buying a book is buying an experience
- sometimes you find books at stores you might not run across at a library
- the purchase of books can be a reward or enjoyed indulgence
- losing a purchased book is better than losing a borrowed book
- you don’t have to take as good of care of a purchased book (due to dog-ears, bent paperbacks, highlighting, etc.)
- you may not have a better alternative than purchasing books
A commenter adds:
The point is that having ownership of a book, possessing it to be able to do what you wish, when you wish with it is more important to some people than the few dollars that it costs to make the purchase.