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This Week's Question
Do you lend books out and, if so, what are your rules to lending?
My stance on lending anything is that I only give out what I don't expect back — money, books, whatever. So, would I lend anyone one of my favorite books in paperback or hardback form? Not a chance! I'm not flexible on this. I don't care who you are — acquaintance, friend or family. I've got the same answer for anyone; I just smile real pretty and point toward the nearest library.
Might sound harsh, but like I said the library is a free resource everyone can take advantage of. Plus, you never get things back in the same condition you left them in. Finger smudges, weakened spines, dog-eared corners, etc etc. No reason to get mad at your friends for that.
Another reason I'm so stingy is that I've already lost a chunk of my personal library to a freak accident in a storage space I once had when a pipe burst. All my Harry Potter hardbacks, gone. My 10-book Pendragon series, gone. There were many others that went with them but those hurt the most. Now anything I really love doesn't leave my shelves unless I'm reading them.
The only physical books I'd ever lend are the ones I didn't like or lost interest in. When it comes to ebooks or audio books, however, I could careless. It's not like I'm actually giving out my copy.