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  •  The Secession of the Successful (10+ / 0-)

    Those who buy their own books - (don't have to wait on lists or make a trip and fight the traffic, parking etc.) buy the data bases they need, hire tutors (and pay tuitions) for their kids actually secede from public services.

    They still rely on roads, garbage collection, the courts etc.  The services they don't use, they resent paying for others to use.

    •  it's more than that. (6+ / 0-)

      Potholes and rotting garbage make people amdder than sutting library hours, becasue the benefits seem more indirect. Pols tend to care amore about stuff people complaina bout--it gets them re-elected. DOwn here, people don't read, and the libraries are OK but not terrific.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 03:15:02 PM PST

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    •  I buy my own books (4+ / 0-)
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      inHI, Cassandra Waites, Mayfly, avsp

      But, I preview many of them at the library. As a family, we read tons of books, mostly from the library. When we like something well enough to check it out time after time, or can't bear to turn it in, or can't wait for the next in a series, then we go out and buy the book.

      So, a note to publishers: When I buy a book from you, then you can thank a librarian for the sale.

      Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

      by chimpy on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 11:38:17 AM PST

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      •  I've got a number of books I only bought (2+ / 0-)
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        because I knew I was about to lose access (usually through moving) to the only library I knew of with the book.

        Terry Prachett? Love his books. Only one I've ever paid full price for was Reaper Man, which I'd read at the library and adored for months before I got my own copy. First book I ever read by him was a beat-up small town library copy of The Color of Magic. I read Good Omens for the first time from a public library, and judging from the condition of the book (a hardcover falling apart less than three years after the edition print date) I'm probably not the only one who liked it enough to visit the bookstore later.

        I got into the Star Wars expanded universe tie-ins because my local library had them when I was in high school. When I entered college, I lost access. Cue me buying the New Jedi Order series book by book as it came out, first because the local library didn't buy the new ones fast enough and then because I didn't have an accessible public library.

        And it's not just fiction. I've got reference books I bought because I'd used them at the library first and didn't want to take the risk an out-of-print book in the Writer's Guides section might not come back some day.

        Hoping and praying that the empty chairs and empty tables in th4e Middle East and Northern Africa when all is said and done are as few as possible.

        by Cassandra Waites on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 01:30:43 PM PST

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