Recycled Reading: Buying Used Books
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My new obsession began innocently enough with a visit to the annual book sale at my local library. I didn’t have any expectations and stopped by to take a peek. After a few minutes, my arms were heavy with books but my wallet wasn’t much lighter after I paid for everything. I walked away with eight books for $4.00–several of which I’d read about on your blogs!
It was thrilling to discover that buying books doesn’t have to be synonymous with the outlay of large sums of cash. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still spending a fair amount on hardcovers by favorite authors at my local bookstore, but you know I ran home and scoured the internet to find sales at larger libraries. There is an entire website devoted to library book sales, and it includes a handy calendar by state–Booksale Finder.
I went on to find some goodies at a flea market in Daytona Beach last weekend; I scored four books that were on my wish list, paying only $1.25! But then the guilt set in. I started feeling as if I might bring down the publishing companies by purchasing used books. Does anyone else feel this way when buying used books*?
*Don’t worry, all the books had their front covers intact.