Sunday was Brooklyn Public Library's annual book sale. Look at all the books we got for $15. Yippee.
- The Borrowers by Mary Norton -- A great childhood favorite.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon -- I've read my copy so much that the spine is starting to go. Plus I think I stole it from my mom. So maybe I should send this one to her. Or not. I love this book, though I couldn't get into any of the sequels.
- The Eight by Katherine Neville -- Happy to find this one because I had just placed an order for it on Amazon and was able to cancel it still. That's $7 I can spend on some other book.
- Pompeii by Robert Harris -- I actually already have a copy of this, but Twin loved it too and she had that look in her eye like she might steal it someday.
A library sale is one of the few times when I can buy used books completely guilt-free. I never gave used book buying a second thought until I started working in publishing. But now I know how hard it is for most authors to make a living, and for publishers (even the big conglomerates) to make a profit. On the other hand, the environmentalist in me still shouts, "Reuse, reuse!! You're killing trees!" And they're so much cheaper. Cheaper = more books = happier Jennie.
So I've made a compromise. I let myself go at library sales (I'm supporting my library!) and on dead and/or bestselling authors (Nora Roberts really does not need my money, ditto for Jane Austen). For everything else, I try to either buy new or check out from the library.