March 20: Library vs. Bookstore Do you go to the library or the bookstore more often? Do you prefer one over the other and why? When it comes to bookstores, do you prefer chain stores or used book stores? Do you care about the condition of a book you purchase? Do you ever buy used/scratch and dent?
My thinking is that I buy books I know I want to keep, sometimes after reading the library copy. Then I buy from a bookstore or online. I read a lot. Books I keep are usually related to my teaching and nonfiction interests. I don't collect fiction, so that is usually from the library. Books I'll use this week when I teach Sunday school are ones I own, all nonfiction:
- Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity ~ by James D. Tabor, 2012
- The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity ~ by Jeffrey J. Butz, 2005
- The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins ~ by Burton L. Mack, 1993
- Life After Life ~ by Kate Atkinson, 2013, fiction (England)
- Still Life with Bread Crumbs ~ by Anna Quindlen, 2014, fiction (New York)
- The Book of Jonah ~ by Joshua Max Feldman, 2014, fiction (New York)
- The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image ~ by Leonard Shlain, 1998
To sum it up, I equally value libraries and bookstores, both brick-and-mortar stores and online stores. I use both as often as possible.