Of course, as a librarian, I was hoping that libraries would win out in this poll. They did...and they didn't. Libraries got 5 votes for where people get their books, which was the highest number, with books stores (new) and online shops (new) coming at at 3 votes each. But, of course, when you add them together, that's 6 votes, which beats out libraries after all. There was one vote for online (used) and one for discount stores, so of the readers who participated in the poll, 8 buy most of their books, new or used, and 5 mainly use the library.
The reason I thought of this poll is that so many book bloggers seem to buy all their books. I used to buy many of my books, too, but after four cross-Atlantic moves and two cross-Pacific moves, plus a few others, I realized I had to stop the madness! I set some rules for myself: I can buy children's books for my own kids, books that are unavailable at my library, and used books (usually from my library's book sale). Still, they accumulate at an alarming rate!
I'd be curious to know why people choose not to use the library for most of their reading. Do they not like having a due date deadline? Do they like to write in their books, or just enjoy that lovely feeling of ownership? Does their library not offer the selection they would like to have? Just curious.
Thanks for participating in the poll. I'll put a new one up soon!