There is nothing better than losing yourself in a wonderful story. This is why despite television, radio and movies, books remain a popular form of entertainment. But, buying and reading all the books that are on most people’s to read list can be expensive. Also many great, yet little known, books have been lost to time. Buying used books can be a smart decision for literature lovers and here are some of the reasons why.
Used Books Have Discounted Prices
Used books are increasingly popular because of their discounted prices. While a new print version can cost anywhere from 12 to 20 dollars, used books can be found for up to 75 percent off the original cover price. In today’s economy used books are a blessing for cash strapped booklovers. Also, more and more stores that deal exclusively in used books are offering exchange credit programs. You bring in your old used books, and get credit towards your next purchase. What could be better than getting three or four used books for the price of one new one?
Used Books Help You Discover New Authors and Stories
Buying used books opens up new stories and authors to readers. Sometimes you can be hesitant to spend 15 dollars on an author or story you know nothing about. What if you don’t like it? No one wants to feel like their money was wasted. But, with the low dollar price tags on used books the thought what do I really have to lose comes into mind, and in the used books marketplace you could always trade it back in. Also, buying used books is the only way to discover authors that might no longer be writing and books that are no longer available in print.
Used Books Are a Smart Environmental Choice
An estimated 30 million trees are cut down each year in to be used for book publishing. Losing this many trees annually can devastate ecosystems. This is not even taking into account the environmental damage caused by manufacturing ink for printing, the energy and resource used in actual printing, or the impact of the transportation and delivery systems. This environmental impact does not stop once you get the book home either. An estimated 37 million tons of paper are thrown away each year, many of these come from books. Passing your used books whole to another reader not only recycles the stories for some else to enjoy it reduces the environmental impact books as a whole make on the world.
Used Books Connect us with the Past
In these well- loved used books sometimes, if we are lucky, we also get an insight into a bonus story. Used books can bring us little glimpses of the previous owners. Perhaps it is an inscription on the title page showing it was a gift, an old letter or card used as a bookmark or maybe a note in the page margins. These little touches of previous owners brought to use can connect us with the history of the book and make us wonder, for a moment, about them.