I was reading an article over on Book Riot a few days ago about one columnist’s unsuccessful book buying ban. As a book addict, the article made me think about my own book buying habits.
Even though I have an overflowing TBR pile, I refuse to go on a book buying ban.
As a book blogger, many if not most of the books that I read come from other channels. That’s a good thing, because if I spent all my money on books, I’d be living in a fort constructed entirely of books instead of in my air-conditioned apartment–and DC summers can be brutal.
That being said, I want to support the authors, publishers, and bookstores that I love so that they’ll continue to be around for posterity. I know that one person buying a book doesn’t make that much of a difference, but when lots of people buy books, it keeps people in business. I miss Borders, and am still mourning the loss of Angry Robot’s Strange Chemistry imprint.
Moral of the story: If you love books, buy them on occasion. You don’t have to increase your TBR pile exponentially, but a new book every couple months could make a big difference, especially for independent bookstores and small presses.