Paperback Books – A Boon for ReadersJuly 30, 2008
If you are an avid reader, you already know the advantages of paperback books. They are lightweight, easy to slip in a purse or briefcase, and easy to hold in the hand. A paperback book can be read in bed, while you are sitting on the couch, in line at the store, and while waiting in the car. Reading is the best way to transport yourself from your present surroundings into another world. The advantage of a printed story over a movie or TV show is you can carry the story with you. If you are interrupted, you can pick up just where you left off. A book also lets you get deeper into a story, more so than any visual entertainment can.
What you may not know is all the free or almost free options of getting paperback books to read. The first is the library. Most libraries have a nice selection of paperbacks in a variety of genres. Two other free options are Paperbackswap.com and Swaptree.com. On Paperbackswap, where you can exchange more than books, you list the books you have to swap. You get two credits you can use to request books you want from a member. They mail the book to you, for free. When someone wants a book from you, you mail it and you pay the postage to send it to them. So, your only cost is when you send books out, but not to receive books. On Swaptree.com, the process is very similar. Your cost is when you mail something out, but not to receive.
Other cheap options are thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets. Often there are books for one dollar or less. There seems to be an abundance of romance novels and westerns when you go this route. If those are your genre of choice, you should have some happy hunting.
Another option for paperbacks is online new or used bookstores. With this option, you have to pay for the book as well as shipping. The advantage here is selection, and timing. If you are impatient and you want it now, this is a good option. Also, if the book is brand new, an online store might be your best choice.
With so many options, you should be able to pick up a book today. What’s your favorite way to acquire new books?