Buy new books, save literature?

Anthony Doerr argues in “Doozy of a Decimal System” that readers have an obligation to buy new copies of books they love. I completely disagree, but here’s an excerpt:

Every week or so I get a day-brightening, put-a-smile-on-your-face-for-eight-hours email from someone who was brave enough not only to pick up one my books but also actually read it…. About half of those emails I get include a line like, “A friend told me about your book, so I went right to the library and…”

A writer’s immediate thought is: That’s freaking awesome!

A writer’s second thought is: One more book sale down the tubes.


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