Libraries are great and wonderful things- no doubt about it.
without doubt the commentary could be had from a library HOWEVER some
categories of books simply need to be ready-to-hand for reference purposes
and it seems to me something like a commentary falls in that general
category (commentaries are not read-once -and-reshelf kinds of things). ...
[>] andBob replies
That's true, but we were discussing reviewing a commentary to see if it fits
your needs, weren't we? One can use ILL to preview a copy and then, if you like
it well enough, fork over the change to get your own reference copy. There
really is no need to BUY a book just to REVIEW it.
I recently used the NAU library for just such a purpose-- to review a book that
has some of my family's history in it to see if I wanted it enough to get my
own copy. In this case, I decided that it didn't have enough in it that I
wanted, to justify the purchase price.
[>]and Judy responds
One problem with ILL is that many libraries believe that someone needs to pay
the fee for getting the loan. Often the borrower. Then it becomes a balancing act
– if you think the book will be worth buying, then why pay the loan fee
on top of the purchase price?