How do you get your books? Do you buy them or do you borrow them from the library/friend? Why? If your buying them, how do you buy them? Bookstore? Online? New? Used? Is anyone out there reading ebooks? Does anyone out there pirate books off bittorrent or the like? Personally I buy books, I prefer it that way for a number of reasons. The number one reason is that someday I want to have my own (nerdy) library filled wall to wall with bookcases lined with books. The number two reason is for memory, if I were to borrow books from the Library, I'd read it then forget it forever - having all the books there I can go through my books one day, see a book and say "oh god I forgot I read that, that was a pretty good book" then pick it up and reread it. Rereading in my opinion is the key to being a good reader, once is never enough, no matter how shallow a book is. The third is that someday when I have kids I can have a library for them to hopefully enjoy for themselves and hopefully I can show them all the great books I've read over the years and they can read them and we'll bond that way. Probably not though, knowing most kids these days, they'll grow up ungrateful and hating me either way - I have no delusions. As to where I buy them, I get books almost exclusvely used. I used to buy things new at the outrageous book store prices ($14+ a book) then my reading habits out grew that. Now I go to a used bookstore a couple towns over and shop. It's like the salvation army of books - there's a lot of selection but you have to dig through a lot of crap to get to the gems but the gems are only pennies in price. I recently got Robert A. Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land", Gibson's "Nueromancer" and Huxley's "Island" for $3.50 total. If I can't find what I want there I usually order whatever I want used off Alibris. I buy used mainly because of the price but, it's also nice to see a book in one its earliest editions without the long introductions by another author or the million praises from papers. You get the see the book in it's original raw form the way the first reader's may of experienced it. Plus the retro cover art is neat especially if it's a science fiction or fantasy novel, there's nothing like a pulp drawing of a man in a retrofuture spacesuit. And I like how, especially if they're showing their age, they make me feeling like I'm some lovecraftian protagonist shifting through ancient tomes finding out dark secrets. Condition doesn't really matter to me - as long as it has every page in tact - coffee stains, yellowed pages, dog ear covers, bent covers, no covers - it doesnt matter as long as all the pages are there. A little black electric tape fixes anything up.