December 10, 2009
Maybe you love reading but are not really the book collector type. You don’t really care much if what you’re reading is a paperback or a hardcover novel, a brand-new book or an ancient manuscript. For you, just being able to read anything is already a pleasure in itself. You just want to read a book’s content, whether it’s a fantasy or an epic novel. Here’s some news for you, then: there are two ways to buy books cheap so you can stock up on your reading materials-secondhand bookstores and online bookshops.
If you’ve never gone to a secondhand bookstore, you’ve really been missing out on a lot of things. It’s a treasure trove of titles both old and new, bestselling and underrated, mass market paperback and limited edition hardcover. If you’re patient enough in scouring the shelves, column to stacked column, you can find gems of books here, first-edition classics or old favorites no longer read by their previous owners, even entire series of acclaimed bestsellers that are no longer sold at your local conventional bookshop. And it’s not just the wide selection that would surprise you but the fact that you can buy books cheap here, sometimes even for as low as just 10% their original price! Just check each title carefully, even unlikely spaces where the smaller books can be inserted. If you’re looking for something in particular, it may be harder to find even with the help of a sales assistant as they don’t usually arrange their merchandise alphabetically or by title or author. They arrange it by size and cover type, sometimes even by general categories such as medical books, almanacs, comic books. Most sales assistants though, especially those who’d really had a hand at arranging the books, will be able to at least point you to a certain stack or recall from memory a title he or she had paid special attention to. But again, the key here is a good eye and patience. You’ll soon find yourself a good book or two after some careful searching.
The other method to buy books cheap is a gift of modern technology to man. Online bookstores are very convenient. You can browse through their selection of titles (whose prices are sometimes marked down, especially if you’re buying from a used books shop), add them to your “cart,” and pay for them with your credit card. Usually, it may come with additional costs for shipping, although most stores give discounts if you purchase a number of titles. Just like a secondhand bookstore, it takes some skill and patience too in hunting for good deals, but specific titles are quite easier to locate online. Book bundles are even cheaper, if you ever come across them; you can buy a title you’re specifically looking for along with a book that the site recommends. Online book shopping is cheap and easily gets you the reading materials you’re to enjoy during times of idleness and boredom or simply when you want to read like you usually do as part of your routine.
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