Book Buying Bans
There are many different ways to interpret this discussion topic, for my purposes I'm looking at this from a personal standpoint. So here are some of my thoughts on setting yourself a book buying ban.
I've never actually set a book buying ban for myself, so I don't have a lot of experience with this personally. I can't stand spending money, so I don't tend to make a ton of purchases in general. I definitely buy more books than anything else though.
I can understand why people might set themselves a book buying ban, particularly if they have loads of books they own and haven't read, but at the same time it doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Self control is definitely something that should be practiced, and maybe bans are the only way some people can control themselves, but I think this places too many restrictions on things you can and cannot read.
Banning myself from buying books (whether physical or electronic) would drastically cut down on the number of books that are available to me. I use the libraries near me a lot, but there are some authors that I love to read that they don't have. Particularly when it's a newer or lesser known author. So banning myself from buying books would prevent me from reading books that I'm really interested in.
Do I think book buying bans are wrong? Of course not. It works for some people. For me personally I think it's more about teaching myself not to just buy a book because it's cheap, but to buy books that I'm actually interested in reading.
So what do you think of book buying bans? Do you set bans for yourself?