With baseball season comes a number of long bus trips, reading books is a great way for me to fill this time in a meaningful way. Getting lost in a good novel or learning something in a self help book is a productive way to spend rides. Do you enjoy reading books? Where do you get your reading material? There are a number of options to think about if you are an avid reader, but which one do you like? Here are the ones I like:
Technology has made a number of things easier. Book readers have been treated to novels at the push of a button. With devices like the Kindle and the iPad, we are able to purchase books online at a discounted price. This leads to less paper waste, while keeping the experience similar to that of a hard copy. But this option isn’t for everyone. My father recently told me he stopped using his iPad for reading and decided to return to paperback. He enjoys being able to bookmark pages and reread if necessary. Certain functions can be more difficult on an E-reader, especially for those who aren’t familiar with new technology.
Barnes and Noble, Borders, Etc.
I am surprised stores such as these are still doing well. The book market reminds me a lot of the movie rental market. as technology has changed both forever. Once the Redbox and Netflix came into the picture, Blockbuster and Hollywood Video didn’t stand a chance. Yet, some people still enjoy going to a store and buying a new book for whatever reason. This is good for you and me of course, because we can still go into a store, check out a book to make sure we will enjoy it before we spend the money to buy one.
Half Price Books
This is my favorite place to get books. I tend to shop online because it is more of a ‘tenth’ price bookstore online, as I rarely spend over $3 on a book. I recently purchased six books for under $20 (shipping included). The stores have excellent deals and offer a similar atmosphere to stores that sell brand new books. This is great for anyone looking for a large selection of cheap books (if you don’t mind a little wear and tear).
Libraries have been around for years and they still offer a great selection for readers. If you live in an area with a quality library, then take advantage of it. It may not be the most glamorous option, but those who go know the library is an excellent source of books. You don’t have to pay for numerous books and you can return one book and check out another easily.
Where Do You Go?
These four options are far from an exhaustive list. As I mentioned, I go to Half Price Books online for most of my books. What do you like to use? Are there any other unique ways you have gone about getting books?