Buying Used Book over the Internet

Sexy Used BooksI love used books. There I’ve said it, I feel better now. I’ve got my dirty little secret out in the open. I love the feel of a worn book, I love the musty smell that only years can provide, I even love the worn look that books get after a while the dog eared pages, maybe even some water damage from that time you try to read it in the bath.
But sadly my supplier has moved on. Five years ago there were three use book stores in my local area, now there are none. Blame it on what you will, be it the massive corporations muscling in, the Internet making everything everywhere accessible to everyone, or even just the major supermarkets muscling amount, no one event has led to this sad occurrence, but occurred it has so we must put at chins up up and move on with the times.
There are many places to get used books online including the big two Amazon and eBay, and this is where I get most of my use books from. There are also always plenty listed on craigslist or gumtree, but I find more often than not these are somehow scams or deflate our lives, so I like to buy from businesses that I know I can trust. I’ve bought books from eBay many times and never had any trouble with any of the sellers there. At same time I have bought plenty of books from Amazon and have nothing but nice things to say about them as well.
I guess this means my advice is simple, buy from websites or brands that you know you can trust.
Oh, and if you are selling books, be sure to price them first, you might have a hidden valuable gem on your hands.

Are college textbook prices a rip off?

Why do College textbooks cost so much money?

Coming from high school where textbooks are free really into the college life where textbooks are very expensive can be a big shock to many people. Many new university and college students are astounded to find out that their textbooks can run them up well over $1000 per year.

Part of this is because writing a textbook attracts a much smaller potential audience than writing a high school text which will be syndicated out hundreds and thousands of times to students all over the country and all over the world. College textbooks are only so to college students were studying that particular subject.

This is not to say that college textbook prices aren’t exorbitant in the least. Particularly the practice of updating their book every year with minor updates so that next year students can’t buy used textbooks from this year students. What makes things worse and compounds this problem is the fact that your textbook on which you may have just spent 50 or $150 on is now effectively worthless.

Authors should be paid for their work, writing a book takes a massive amount of time and effort and authors should be rewarded accordingly. But adding minor updates to your book to Kilda used book market is a practice that needs to go.

Purposely devaluing your book once even twice a year is a horrible business practice. Yes I make you more money in the long run, but how many bridges are you burning along the way.

Renting textbooks is becoming a new fad to students to save money with. Renting textbooks and using online tools to compare book prices from various retailers is not only economically sensible, but it is a way that the problem publishers to be told that there are horrible cannibalistic practices are no longer acceptable.

Book Book Book

Said the well read chicken. Are there any more puns about books, I’m drawing a blank.

During my literature lecture today the professor had a great discussion about puns in book, which naturally lead to puns about books.

My favorite was Absolutely this one

Do you like Kipling?
I don’t know, I’ve never kipled.

Which somehow lead us writing a book cover with something along the lines of, if you have only read one book in your lifetime, then you should shut your mouth. Which I think is just a generally great statement. Its easy to tear down things you don’t understand, but it is by far harder to build something up.

Lets get busy

Right now, I am busy getting things into an acceptable shape to start listing some of my favorite and most treasured books, whilst simultaneously trying to find the best prices of these book on the web.

I may have bitten off far more than I can chew, but lets find out shall we.

Here is just one quick sexy little picture to start off with…

penguin classics

Gorgeous aren’t they?!