I’ve always been a book lover. Not just the fabulous stories inside, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve simply loved books. I love the smell, I love holding them in my hand, seeing them on my shelf, simply buying them.
But I must confess, that I’ve never been much of a fan of second hand books. My hubby collects all these old, tattered hardback books. He doesn’t really care what the story is, he just likes having old books. Me? I like my books NEW! Call me a snob, but that’s just the way it is. So because of this, I’ve never seen a great appeal in second hand bookshops. I can understand that maybe you might find an old, out of print gem in one if you hunt hard enough, but aside from that… meh.
However, until I started writing seriously and getting to know other authors through writing organisations, blogs, etc, I never thought about something that now REALLY bugs me.
If you buy a book from a second hand shop, the author won’t get royalties for it.
Writing is a career like teaching, baking, medicine is for other people, yet we expect to pay for these things. I understand that everyone likes a bargain but I actively tell people now that if they are a BIG FAN of a particular author, please buy that book new – print or e-book, doesn’t matter but buy it new. Because with each sale, you are making it easier for an author to continue writing fabulous books.
If you can’t afford new, there’s always the library. In Australia at least, authors who register for PLR make some money each time someone borrows their book.
Am curious… what are your thoughts on second hand bookshops?