Thoughts and other Miscellany

Booking Through Thursday – Something Old, Something New

Btt2 Today's question 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?"

(from Booking Through Thursday)

Second-hand every time. It means that I can throw it into my handbag/suitcase/plastic bag/huge pile on bedside table with abandon, not worrying about denting the beautiful freshly printed covers and pages. They're less effort to hold open too – I can hold a pre-spine-creased book open with one hand, a new one requires two.

I also like the idea that a book has passed through several hands – that other eyes have read these words (and hopefully enjoyed them). Inscriptions are the best.

Second hand books are one of the reasons I love Bookmooch, particularly because it feels like I get pre-loved presents in the post, all the time!

If I must have a new copy (oh what suffering, what hardship), I still prefer a paperback. And there's a distinctly guilty pleasure in buying a 600-page chunkster, getting about 150 pages in, and making that first big spine crease.


5 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday – Something Old, Something New”

  1. I don’t mind creased bindings if the binding is still in good shape. I’ve learned there is a certain proper way to crease a new book, and since learning I practice it because it keeps the binding in tact. I like both old and new books, depending on the purpose for which I am buying them. Come on by to read my response to this week’s BTT.

  2. I much prefer old books that I borrowed from friends or recommended by them at least I know for sure that it is a good book. Yes I agree that it is hard to hold the pages of a new book but I wouldn’t mind at all if I have a good story.

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