Install Snow Leopard without dvd, without another Mac

Hi,
I have a macbook (intel core 2 ) with OS X 10.5.8 and i want to upgrade to Snow Leopard (10.6) but my dvd drive is dead. I do have access to a Mac Book Air with the latest OS.but no dvd-drive.
I have the Snow leopard DVD in hand and i have tried to install it from the dvd-drive of my pc but it didnt work. The instructions seems to be for MacBook Air.
Do you have any suggestion other than buy an external dvd-drive ?   I did not use dvd for years, external usb drives are more suitables for my needs..
Thank you,

Kurt Lang wrote:
With OS leopard i will be able to upgrade to newer OS without any optical drive so I won't need the optical drive no more after that install !
And you're going to ignore the important point I made?
Plus it would be needed by whoever uses the older Mac to reinstall the OS
Whoever has that older Mac may at some point, need to reinstall the OS. Since you have no intention of replacing the broken internal drive, they will need the external drive to do that from either the original 10.5.x Leopard disks, or the 10.6.x Snow Leopard disk. You can't install the OS on any computer and presume you are done with it from then until eternity.
I still fill my gas tank without having to buy a new reservoir cap.
So you're going to ignore the incredibly obvious, and completely spelled out point I made that things wear out. Yup, great comeback.
About the incredibely obvious , why ignore the main question ?
"Do you have any suggestion other than buy an external dvd-drive ?   I did not use dvd for years, external usb drives are more suitables for my needs."
Also :
There is less and less software avalaible on DVD, it is almost all on download basis. Don't you use Apple Store ?
i do not reinstall my OS every year, when it wil be done, i expect that it will run for the rest of the life of that MacBook.(2 or 3 years) .What do you do with your Mac to have to reinstall your OS, i never had to reinstall OSX Leopard nor do i had to reinstall my Win 7 pc.
I cannot download OSX Lion because i do not have Snow Leopard installed !!!  USB bootables for OS Lion are avalaible. Why not for Snow Leopard ?.
The solutions have been made for new MacBook that excluded older customer. I can update my MacBookAir from a PC-drive, why can't i do the same with my old MacBook ?
Finally i will try Drew's solution.

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