Books are fabulous things in the sense that they are essentially very cheap entertainment, and in most cases, virtually free if you use a library and borrow them from someone else. It's perhaps one of the most appealing things about them.
But then, of course, so many people do end up buying their own books (which is a good thing, especially with the publishing industry in the state it is now!).
My question is, why?
I know that for me, buying books is a compulsive thing--I can't help it. After I've read the book, I want it to be mine forever, and my groaning and overflowing bookshelves are a testament to that. But why do you purchase books rather than renting or borrowing? Does the book have to sound really good, or be really popular? Does the edition (hardcover, paperback, mass market) influence your decision? Does it have to have re-reading potential? Or do you just really like the cover?
Let me know in the comments below, and I'll enter you to win a copy of Savvy Girl by Lynn Messina! Contest ends January 31st, but keep the comments coming as long as you want!