RE: virus: Book Reviews

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Wed, 12 Mar 1997 22:02:12 -0800 (PST)

On Wed, 12 Mar 1997, Richard Brodie wrote:

> anonymous wrote:
> >That any book is worthy of purchase is a virus.
> Or, rather, "any book about a virus is worthy of purchase." =)
> > A book is worthy only of borrowing unless you reasonably expect to
> >reread it or display on your coffee table.
> Kind of an odd perspective. I buy books for several reasons: one, to
> support writers and the publishing industry; two, because I like to have
> good books to lend out to my friends, refer to, etc.; and three, because
> I value my time and it takes less of it to buy a book from a book store
> than to borrow it from a library.

I consider it a pleasant duty to be the first to actually go out and buy a
book, so this borrowing business can have a start somewhere (half an hour
ago I made someone downstairs borrow _Getting Past OK_--I told her that I
wanted to lend it to her but if she didn't want to borrow it I would give
it to her). And libraries tend to take a while to get new books, compared
to bookstores.

Besides, if I don't buy them, how can I flip through them for supportive
evidence at my computer years later?