All other things being equal–do you prefer used books? Or new books? (The physical speciman, that is, not the title.) Does your preference differentiate between a standard kind of used book, and a pristine, leather-bound copy?I'd say I usually prefer new books. I feel a little bad about saying that though because I hate thinking about all of the trees that get cut down to make the books I own, which reading The Story of Stuff didn't make better. There's just something about new books that I like though. Unless it's a book that's special to me in some way such as my Harry Potter books that I love even though they've gotten a little torn up over the years. Over all though, I prefer new books.