We're big fans of public libraries here at Lifehacker and frequently share tips on how to get cheap books. Ann Zurkle logs the argument at financial blog Get Rich Slowly that buying books is OK. Ann goes on to detail the average cost of a variety of leisure activities people spend money on compared to her expenditures on books and the the uniqueness of the bookstore and reading experience. Ann uses books as an indulgence over other activities:
Even if the previous logic isn't convincing, consider that books are my reward. Instead of a big fancy meal or a special treat, I often get a book to celebrate things. A book is usually much cheaper than a meal at a fancy restaurant or a concert, is fewer calories than ice cream and lasts a lot longer than both!
Do you prefer to get your books through free channels like the library or nearly free channels like book swapping websites, over buying them from a bookseller? Photo by Adan Garcia.