I've had many writer friends in the past who do love to browse through a creative writing book, especially when they started out and pick up tips and advice on how to get started. Learning how to create and develop characters, help with creating the voice of your character, finding a way to plot and pace the novel etc.
But I've known friends in the past who aren't as keen. To them they want to write their own way and they see creative writing books as telling you what to do and how to write. So they avoid and learn through their own experiences.
Neither opinion is right or wrong. As a beginner I'm glad for these books because they've given me tips on how to get started, context on my chosen genre and market, and advice on how develop an aspect of my WiP that I think I'm weak on. But after a while I do think there's only so much you can read and then you have to move away from the theory and start the practice yourself. I don't refer to my creative writing books as much as I used to.
How do you feel about creative writing books? What's your best way of learning the craft? :)