Bookshops vs. Libraries

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.

Who won?

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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Andrea.

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5 thoughts on “Bookshops vs. Libraries

  1. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Awesome post! I do love the fact that library books are free and to be honest number 2 is a benefit for me too, because I’m seriously limited on space (I’m always having to get rid of books *sigh*), so can’t keep a lot of my books anyway- but in an ideal world I would one hundred percent agree with you- it’s so nice to be a permanant owner of a book! And yes libraries are goldmines! hehe and yes I do love how books that are shop bought are so pristine! Great post!!

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