Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Another reason people buy books

I overheard an interesting conversation the other day. Two women were talking about Nora Roberts' new release.

One said to the other, "I tried to reserve it at the library but there were seventeen people on the list. It would take months to get it so I just went out and bought it."

"I don't usually buy books but I would in that case," the other replied.

A waiting list for popular books is nothing new at a local library, and the standard practice is to buy more than one copy of popular titles in order to reduce the wait. What I didn't realize, however, is that some frustrated readers won't wait to read it for free and will go out and buy a bestseller so they can have instant gratification!

Nothing succeeds like success. . .

1 comment:

diannagraveman said...

Guilty! I recently bought Ken Follett's Fall of Giants because I knew I'd have to wait too long to read the library's copy.

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