Originally Posted by DiapDealer
I don't understand. How could you possibly know if a book might be potentially valuable(?) enough to want to re-read someday before you read it?
Book ownership and re-reading aren't connected in my eyes. Why try to make them be? In the past, I've re-read books I never owned, and owned books I've never re-read. One has no direct correlation to the other.
Of course I don't KNOW, but I buy a book with the expectation that it will be a book I will like. And if I like it, I will want to keep it and probably reread it. Why else buy something except with the expectation that you will like it?
If I don't like the book, then I don't keep it.
Why shouldn't ownership and rereading be connected? Ownership means I can reread the book whenever it strikes my fancy to do so. I don't have to rely on the book being available elsewhere; I don't have to search for it or wait for it. If it goes out of print, I still have my copy.