The other day a teacher came into the library to see if we had a book she wanted to read. It was checked out, so she went to her kindle and bought and downloaded it. It got me thinking.
When I hear of a book I want to read, if it is already published, here are the steps I take to acquire/read the book.
First, I check my library collection and the high school's collection. If it is in either collection I check it out from there (no due dates for me!).
Secondly, I check my public library. They have a connected catalog and we can pull books from pretty much anywhere in the NW part of our state. It's awesome.
Normally at this point I have the book either checked out or on hold. Mostly, I stop here. If I haven't found it at this point I write a reminder somewhere (I have quite the spreadsheet going of books to read, upcoming books and books to order for my library).
If it's still on my mind, I check Barnes & Noble. If it's a decent price I will buy it there and then. If it's not, I won't.
If it's a book I really like and I have checked it out, then I will buy a copy for my home library.
(This is published books, I do get print galleys mailed to me sometimes and do download egalleys, however, I don't always get those read before they expire nor print ones read before publication.)
How do you acquire your books? Do you always buy or do you use your library a lot?