Originally Posted by Catlady
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.
I don't actually think we're disagreeing that much, here. Re-reading is one benefit of owning books, sure. But it's not the only
benefit, and it's not really a factor at the time of purchase (since you don't know if you're ever going to want to re-read it yet).
My point is that hoping
it's a book you're going to want to re-read someday is not the end-all, be-all determining factor in buy vs borrow. Many people (not just you) seem to make the faulty assumption that those who tend to NOT re-read would/should have no interest in buying/owning books. That's just not always the case.
Where we really
differ is you that don't keep books you don't like and wouldn't want to re-read; whereas I tend to keep every book I've purchased. I don't continue reading
books I don't like, but my tastes have changed drastically over the years. I may like it later in life. That happens to me all the time.