"In tough economic times, we all look for ways to spend less. Cutting back on book purchases is always high on the list of possibilities. Books, after all, are rarely essential. A famous science fiction writer used to say that authors are always competing for their audiences’ beer money, and there’s a lot of truth to that.
I’m here to argue, however, that you should buy more books. Despite the economic gloom, despite libraries, the Internet, the arXiv, and Google books, buy more." - Fernando Q. Gouvêa writes the "On Books" column for MAA FOCUS.
Read the full article from the December 2011 / January 2012 issue of MAA FOCUS.