I buy a lot of my books second-hand to save money. I only work part-time in quite a low paid job so I need to save wherever I can. It also means I can save up for new bookcases (which I seem to constantly be doing!)
A few months ago I saw a post on Twitter that caused a bit of a backlash, where an author said that buying second-hand books is as bad as pirating as the author doesn’t get any money from that sale. That inspired this post.
- They’re much more affordable than new books
- You’re saving the planet!
- They’re sat all sad and lonely waiting to be read again
- You’re supporting charities
- You’re still enjoying an author’s work
- The author doesn’t get any money from any further sales
- They’re so cheap that you can’t just buy one – I always leave with four or five!
I think it was quite unfair for that particular author to make that post on Twitter about how buying second hand is as bad as piracy. I feel like she didn’t understand that the majority of people can’t afford to buy brand new books all the time or that not everyone has access to a decent library – or even any library at all.
Making people feel bad just because they can’t afford your book brand new is a brilliant way to lose readers. There were plenty of authors on the post saying they would be over the moon to see a well-loved copy of their novel on the shelves of a charity shop, and that really made me happy.
There is no reason anyone should feel ashamed for buying books second hand.
Do you buy second hand books?