Our local Christian bookstore closed its doors for the last time this past Friday.
The owner fought valiantly to keep the doors open as long as he could, but after eight years, Jireh’s couldn’t survive. I’d gotten to know Bryan and asked him what led to the closure. His answer: the advent of e-books and the sluggish economy.
I watched with admiration as Bryan made every effort to stave off the inevitable. One of his attempts was to buy used books from customers and resell them. Just before the end, the number of used books in the fiction section was almost double that of new books.
Seeing the used book section in Jireh’s made me question my buying habits. When I went in the store, I gravitated to the new books section. Knowing that buying used books doesn’t help authors’ sales stats, most of the time I chose new books.
Amazon offers used copies of books within days of their release. Do they tempt me? Nope. My reason is the same. I’m eager to support authors.
Do I ever buy used books? You betcha. As a historical author, I often hear of out-of-print titles I just gotta have, and I buy previously owned copies.
For instance, a certain 120-year-old etiquette book I mentioned in my previous post arrived last week. Even though it’s been well used, I treasure it.
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How about you? Do you buy second-hand books, new books or both?