All things being equal (money, space, etc), would you rather own copies of the books you read? Or borrow them?
If neither money nor space is a concern, I would love to own all the books I’ve read and want to read, if not all the books published. My lust for books that is as visceral and addictive as that of privileged women who seek after designer haute couture, even if the book is meant to read once. A more practical reason is hygiene: I like to own (preferably new) books for my exclusive use or to share with a few special bibliophilic friends. The feelings of owing books is beyond satisfying and rewarding. The convenience of reading my own books whenever and wherever and taking as long as I need to read is important. After all, I just enjoy having my books at my own convenience. I think for me a good compromise or middle ground of buying vs. borrowing books would be to borrow the books I want to read from the library first. I support the public library by joining the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. I also make purchases from Book Bay, the library bookstore of which all proceeds will benefit the library.