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  •  Which is why (6+ / 0-)

    I only buy eBooks that are DRM-free and that I have an actual file copy that I can store in multiple locations.

    Granted, most of the eBooks I purchase are technical books, which by nature have a very short useful life (2-3 years, max), so I don't expect to keep them around for very long.

    For fiction, I'm all about the library. I can read a $25 hardback, then return it...for free! You can't beat that price.

    “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only for wallowing in.” — Katherine Mansfield

    by Simolean on Wed May 08, 2013 at 07:25:20 PM PDT

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    •  I do a lot of inter-library loan requesting for my (2+ / 0-)
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      Susan from 29, Angie in WA State

      job. My favorite thing to tell a patron is, "Sorry we don't have that, but I can get it by next week." My favorite thing to hear from a patron is "Well you didn't have it, so I bought one, but now I'm done with it- does the library want it?" (hint, hint, nudge, nudge, say no more!) I used to love book-of-the-month club members, because they seemed to have lots of money to buy books but were not very attached to owning them forever...

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