New Used Books

Is the title an oxymoron?

New books

From Half-Price Books:

The John McPhee Reader
David Copperfield
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
Nicholas Nickleby

From Big Brain Comics:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Thank goodness I gave up that silly “I need to stop buying more books” vow.

Links are to available copies at amazon, not necessarily the edition pictured.

2 Responses to “New Used Books”

  1. Steph Says:

    I always think of my used books as “new”! Granted, the used book store that I shop at tends to have many books that are in pristine/unread condition, so the whole “used” terminology might be somewhat of a misnomer in those cases. Even if a book is visibly worn when I buy it, I kind of like that too. It hints at it having had a long and interesting life before it got to me!

  2. girldetective Says:

    I worked in that used bookstore for a year, so learned a lot about used books, but maybe even more since then as a regular shopper. I always flip through the pages. I won’t buy anything that’s much marked or highlighted. I”ll also check to see if there are multiple copies on a shelf–sometimes one will be less expensive than another. I used to think hardcover was what I wanted for books I love for the durability, but as my gear-load increased with one then two kids, portability became a factor, too.