Seems like an eternal question- but let’s evaluate the matter!
Library: not having to pay for books.
It’s heaven, isn’t it? You pick up a book, you cradle it carefully, take it to the confines of your home and then read it, all without having to pay a cent. Of course, since this isn’t heaven, there’s a disadvantage, which brings the next point.
Bookshops: you become the permanent owner of the book.
Although libraries allow you to read for free, you’ll also have to return the books after a while- which, frankly, sucks. Going to the bookstore means that, although you’ll pay for the book, you’ll have it forever.
Bookshops: preordering books.
You know that book release you’ve been aching to get your hands on? Yeah, it’s very likely that it won’t hit library shelves in time- and if it will, chances are someone else will pick it up before you do. The solution? Pre-order it. Money well-spent.
Libraries: finding old books.
This happened to me once- I couldn’t find this particular book I’ve been dying to find, only to hit the nearest library and see the book I’ve been looking for casually resting atop a stack. Libraries are like gold mines, guys. You can’t overlook them.
Bookshops: books in pristine condition.
Here’s the thing: a lot of the books in libraries come from an abusive background. Mistreated, abandoned in random places, alone and unwanted, they always stray back to their foster home- the library. And, although this may not show in the content itself, the books at the library occasionally looked live they’ve been in roughly twenty car crashes.
Such a thing really puts a reader off.
I honestly think neither and both did, at the same time. I definitely couldn’t hope to pick just one! What do you think? Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!
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