I would be the last person to stifle anyone when they are waxing enthusiastically about books, but …
Being where I am in the world (my choice, I know, I’m not complaining), interlibrary loans are, well, let us say, great if you are near a university (in Germany, any citizen can get a library card for any public university for free and you then have all the rights and privileges of membership), but I don’t. I moved to what is considered “the country” for German standards (nearest “city”, pop. 30,000, the community I live in (which has grown together with the neighboring one) totals 900 in the summer when the tourists are coming through). I realize as well that Sri A’s works are online, but I have trouble reading 1000 words online, let alone 1000 pages. Hence … I’m looking at bound tomes.
Let me hasten to add that I have nothing against tomes, and am more than willing to acquire them, but, given the volume of purchases I make in any given year (without any tax benefits, I might add), I do like to prioritize. I am close to reading whatever of Irreducible Mind needs to be read in a first go-through (Chs 1, 2, & 9, plus maybe 3 &/or 4, probably 6, definitely 8), but BP is also a solid tome, so I’d like to do some planning.
As I’m not familiar with SA, I have no preferences for what or in which order we read anything. Everything that has been mentioned will most likely be looked at in greater and lesser depth as the situation, muse, and circumstances allow/dictate.