Libraries are for poor people

was questioning how I could have lost track of Seth Godin's book The Practice, when I was writing about it just a short couple of months ago. My excuse was "out of sight, out of mind." He also mentioned that he has not had a chance to read the book yet because there is a long waitlist for it at his local library.

When I was a kid, I went to the public library a lot. I remember feeding dimes into the copy machine to make copies of pages of books that I could not check out because I had reached my limit. Thrift stores were also a good place to find books. I also spent a lot of time at the library when I was going to college.

I have nothing against libraries. I think they are great resources for people who otherwise do not have the means to access all the resources available at a library. I know what poor feels like, and I do not look down on people who are less fortunate. Rather, I'm grateful that I have the means to just buy the books that I want.

Pre-Amazon, my go-to choice for books was Barnes & Noble. Once Amazon came onto the scene, there was really no reason to go anywhere else. And due to the "race to the bottom" pricing, it's sometimes nearly the same price to buy a new book as a used one. I discovered this during my little experiment selling books on Amazon. I also discovered that it's not worth going through the hassle of selling books on Amazon. I'd rather gift books to people whom I think would benefit or donate them.

People waste money on a lot of things. I don't consider it a waste of money to spend it on books, even if I don't always finish them. Though I did finally have to pause my Audible membership because I kept running into the hard limit of 12 credits. 🤪