Anyway, I was curious - do I really trade books that I would have otherwise bought? The answer is a resounding no! I trade books that I am interested in, for whatever reason - usually because I have read recommendations here. However, I borrow books from friends or the library as an initial investment of time, to see if I like the author. I don't buy books on impulse. I *do* buy multiple copies of books to give as gifts, once I discover that I love them. In fact, I originally checked out the book My Grandfather's Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen from the library. Discovered I loved it, so I bought it for myself. Then I bought a copy for my mother and one for my best friend - I knew they would *love* this book. And they did! My mother bought three copies to give as gifts, and my best friend bought two! That, I believe, is called word of mouth - or perhaps it is experience. If I hadn't read this book from the library, Remen would have "lost" the sales of eight books! And I know this happens with bookcrossing books as well. I bought Round Ireland with a Fridge for my sister for her b-day. I just know she'll love it! But I heard about it through Bookcrossing.
I know I just repeated what others have written, but I feel strongly, so had to get my two cents in also.
BTW, I also thought, when reading Jessica's message: this author either 1. doesn't know human nature or 2. doesn't know how to write an effective argument, or both. If she is truly tring to use language to persuade us, does she think it is helpful to ask "What kind of a reality do you guys inhabit?" Well, we do have a large community of avid bookreaders-that's part of our reality. Why antagonize us?