I can’t really buy into the complaint by authors that buying used books impacts publishing trends. You’d have to have some research and some stats to back up that claim. I also find it quite interesting to suggest that readers should always buy new unless the author is “dead” and/or when the book is “out of print”. According to these people, those should be the only times you seek out and buy used books.
I’d have to strongly disagree with that sentiment. Lest you may think that I have a tree that grows book money in my backyard let me tell you that I don’t. Not every author is worth buying new. At the price that the publisher is charging for new books these days, unfortunately, that isn’t always indicative of the talent. To echo Jane from Dear Author, if the book is good, it will sell regardless. I think the publishing industry needs to find another excuse as to the decline of their sales. Nobody asked but I do buy new when it’s an author that I’ve enjoyed and who is consistently entertaining. It only takes one time to “burn” me when a book fails to deliver. There’s just too many other books out there to read and discover.
Used bookstores provide an invaluable resource to those who are wary of buying new authors who have yet to prove themselves. I’m sure used bookstores are both a blessing and a curse but without them – many authors wouldn’t get read today. At least not by me anyway. This is an old issue nevertheless but for those readers and authors out there who feel as if everybody should buy new – let me give you my TBB list and you buy it “new”for me, ok? Otherwise, give me a f. break. What world do you all live in? Your reality is clearly not my reality. The reality is that I work hard for a living and have other things to spend my money on; it’s nice to be able to buy books to read for pleasure but it’s clearly not a necessity like food and water.
However, when an author has proven themselves and have consistenly entertained me, I’d be the first in line to buy the hardcover, the mass market paperback, the trade paperback (as much I hate them) and the ebook—all brand spanking new.