Should Be Reading hosts Booking Through Thursday. Here's this week's question:
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?
I prefer new books but I belong to several book swaps so most of my books are used but in like-new condition. I won't accept books that smell like smoke or don't "look" good. I like the look of a book as it sits on my nightstand or bookshelf. Sounds petty because it's the words that matter, but I enjoy a nice facade.