Would you buy more books if they weren't so EXPENSIVE?

@Kaorin (757)
Australia
December 28, 2006 5:06am CST
My boyfriend wanted a book for christmas and I thought 'great, a nice easy gift'. When I went into the bookstore it turned out that the book he wanted cost $77.95! $80 for a book? Seems outrageous. I can't believe it, and I remembered why I borrow books from the library; I'd love to collect books, but I don't have that sort of money to throw away! So, do you buy books or just borrow them? Do you read? would you buy more books than you currently do if they weren't so expensive? OR, would you read more if books were cheaper to buy?
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
28 Dec 06
Wow, that is outrageous. Hope it was a first printing at that price. I sell books and very few are worth that kind of money. In the US, because of the tax regs, most books are sold for about $3 on the secondary market at the end of one year and the only ones that later become valuable are the first printings by new authors who go on to become famous....Thrift shops can be a very good source for books. Since some people actually read a book once and get rid of it (hard to believe but true) you can often find near fine new books with dust jackets for very little money (usually $1.00 where I live & sometimes $.50). I probably shouldn't let this out but I've made as much as $600 on a book I bought for $1.00. Library sales, auctions and estate sales (great source) are other places to find wonderful books for next to nothing. It's actually cheaper to buy good books sometimes than it is to pay library fines so don't let price stop you from reading and having lots of books.
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@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
Well, te book I brought was more reference, it was a HTML programming book, which probably used up half a tree to make it is so thick... I know what you mean about firt printing, my mother personally made $250 on a book she brought at a garage sale for .10c. Thanks for your response.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
31 Dec 06
Your mom's got the right idea...Programming book huh. I've wondered why some book dealers I know really dive for the texty type books and I guess that explains it if they sell that high...Thanks for the best response. That's really nice.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
28 Dec 06
I find books are very expensive. My whole family loves books. I borrow most of my books from the library. But we do buy books too...especially if it for our son. There are some books which I know I will read again and again...I buy them irrespective of the price. If they were cheaper I would buy more books. I sometimes buy second hand books which are pretty cheap.
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
28 Dec 06
I think as you do not exist price for the knowledge. What valley is what you desire. If really it is this that you desire, valley to spend until more therefore.
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
28 Dec 06
I think as you do not exist price for the knowledge. What valley is what you desire. If really it is this that you desire, valley to spend until more therefore.
@Rachcaa (163)
28 Dec 06
i tend just to borrow books from the library; because you are right they are just too expensive! When you consider how many CDs of DVDs you can get for the ammount a book costs, its no wonder that the market is going down! The bain of my life is the cost of text books, i think its really cheecky to charge that much for a book you can't actually do your studies with out! Any way god bless the library!
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@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
28 Dec 06
I completely agree, I borrow all of my books from the library. I'm a huge books freak, though, and people are always surprised that I only own 2 or 3 books myself! However, you're right, I can buy 2 or 3 CD's for the price of a single book! They're crazy to charge that much. I know what you mean about textbooks. I paid $70 for a BOUND SET OF PHOTOCOPIES for my University subject last year. It was nearly laughable! Thanks for your response!
• United States
28 Dec 06
textbooks are expensive, but as an english major i usually lucked out and mostly had to buy novels which are cheaper. i am addicted to collecting books, so i usually try to go on half.com or buy used from amazon to get used books for cheaper. i don't need a new book, but i like to own them because i often will reread books or refer back to them if i am thinking about something related to it.
@tambdy (1969)
28 Dec 06
I try to get all books i want these days from the libary because they are too expensive £20 a book is just out of control for what 4 hours of reading. I download alot of books aswell because i would not pay that, i think i would definetly read more if the price of books were not as expensive.
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
A lot of people have been saying the download. However, reading off a computer screen for me is just killing the idea of curling up in a nice warm bed with a good book. I like to have it in my hands and turn the pages. I guess I'm just old-fashioned like that. Thankyou for your response!
• India
28 Dec 06
I think you have to buy the book (irrespective of the cost of the book) and gift your boyfriend. Here two things are involved. One your nice easy gift cannot be measured in terms of money. Second, when you think of gift, which is definately a token of love and affection towards your boyfriend should not think the cost of the book. In my opinion, you have to buy a book for christmas and gift it on this happy occasion.
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
Oh I brought the book and I still would have brought it if it was $200; money is not an issue as it was something he really wanted. The issue was that I never really realised that books, for what they are, are so expensive! And I was wondering whether if they were cheaper, people would buy them more.
@Tanika (632)
• Australia
28 Dec 06
Heya, I too cant beleive the price of some books. I do like to collect books though so i look for cheaper places like second hand book stores and i also but some on ebay. If it is a reference book i will go to the library depending upon how often i will use it i suppose. I hardly ever buy new books these days as so many of the second hand ones have only been read like once or twice and are in excelent condition. Tanika.
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@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
28 Dec 06
Sounds like a good idea. Do you use the library too?
@shyam4uall (1003)
• India
29 Dec 06
books - books
I don't think any good reader will cut down the number of books of this choice because of its price..I think those kind of readers are so addicted to the books that they don't mind spending hundreds and thousands of dollars in purchasing books of their interest.
• United States
28 Dec 06
I read a lot so I buy most of my books, and almost always used. My local library is small and doesn't have much of a selection, I'm too impatient to wait for Interibrary loans, and I often mark up my books for future reference. My favorite online places to buy books are Amazon and half.com. Thrift stores and yard sales are also good places for book buying, but I don't do that as much as I used to. One way to cut down on book costs is to resell the ones you don't want to keep. I actually got into the book business that way, and did well on both Amazon and half.com until it got to be too much work for the return.
@ownado (1681)
• Portugal
28 Dec 06
Honestly I wouldn't because I don't like reading but I agree with you and think that if not only the books but the music cds, software, etc. were not so expensive then there would be a lot more people buying originals instead of download it and burn it into cds themselves just like you said you do with the books borrowing them instead of buying.
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• India
28 Dec 06
It is all our doing ! Nowadays we prefer e-buks so much that the demand for books have lessened, which has led to a fall in supply of books. Now this increases the price of a book! If u really wanna collect books u can do so buy buying used books, or u can ask ur friends or relatives for books they have have no use of!!
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@bronie123 (4589)
• United States
28 Dec 06
Its easy to buy book online like at ebay and amazon they sell new and used books that others have bought and don't want they are cheaper there
• United States
28 Dec 06
I was going to suject amazon used books they are great I have brought books at a used price that were new ones I brought were under 5.00 and sold new over 20.00 so this is a great way to go .
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
Wow, I've never really tried amazon for books... thank for the tip, I'll have to check it out.
@Sm00tH (2040)
• Belgium
28 Dec 06
no i wouldn't, i never buy books, i never read them so don't borrow either
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
28 Dec 06
Why don't you read books? I find that a little sad...
@tomer_g (196)
• Israel
28 Dec 06
i'm not much of a reader too, unless it is highly recommended by friends. but when I do read them I buy them. I've never seen a book which costs more then 120 NIS (New Israeli shekels, about $29)
• India
29 Dec 06
I must say that reading books is a very good habit.But obviously, for a general reader it is very tough to buy every interesting books for reading. So I prefer to read book from library. But the basic problem is that not all the time the book is ready for me as because library is for all and a hot topic is interested by many person. So sometime , for some classic or some very important one I will prefer to buy. And definitely if the price is low, I will very happy and buy more book within my budget.
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
Yes, this is one thing I do not like about the library; when a more popular book comes out, like Harry Potter, I'm always like 375'th on the list to obtain a copy! I'd love to just go out and buy it, but the last Harry Potter book, for example, was $40... Too much to buy, but too long to wait at the library for!
• Canada
28 Dec 06
The library is the most amazing place ever- you get to read nice books for free, and get new ones too. I borrow most of my books, seeing how most books, especially best sellers, can get quite expensive. However, I do buy books from time to time, usually books that I've read in the library and want a copy of. Also, I really like the discount sections that are in my bookstores all year long, where books can get very cheap. The thing is that you need to look through all the books they have- I've gotten good (and I mean good) hardcover books for only $1 before. I would definately buy more books if they didn't cost so much, but I would read just as much- that's what the library's for, right?
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
Certainly! The library is heaven...
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
28 Dec 06
I love books but like you I find them to expensive. I usually check them out at the library or if I can find one, I'll go to a used book store. The closest good one is about 90 miles from here though.
• United States
28 Dec 06
I do buy both hard back and soft back books. The only reason I'm able to do that is because I'm a member of book clubs for both and I get a dscount on them. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to that. And I don't know about you but re-read a lot of the books I've already read.
• India
28 Dec 06
Hay Sweet Lady , Tell ME the Name of the Book and I will get a E-Book for that Subject FREE online. You don't need to pay for books,baby !
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
I'm not really interested in E-Books. The fact that I'll be sitting on the computer reading it kind of takes away the satisfaction of curling up in the winter on the couch with a good book...
• United States
28 Dec 06
WOW that better be a hell of a book for $80.00!!!I did ask for a book for christmas also,it cost like 20.00 though,I dont get much time to read but when I do I think I will stick to the library!!!
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
Oh, it's a programming book that probably took half a tree to make and weighs a tonne. It's probably justified, but I was still floored at the price! I mean, money isn't an issue as its something he really wanted, but for what it is, it was incredibly expensive.
• United States
28 Dec 06
I just started college this past Fall and I was required to spend over $200 on study books. That may not seem like much, but I was only taking three classes. So, instead of using the school bookstore or even the local bookstore to buy my college books I went to Amazon.com and did a quick search, I came out spending about $30 TOTAL. If you ever need a book and can't just get it from the library I strongly suggest you check out Amazon.com and see if you can't find a used copy for a good price.
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
A l0t of people have suggested Amazon, I guess I really should check it out. Thankyou for the tip.
@swasti (1157)
• India
28 Dec 06
yeah defenitely i would...these days even books ar ebecoming very costly. especially for indians ,if we want to buy a book of a forign author , it is really very costly.
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
Yes, I live in Australia, and retail price for American or other foreign books are phenomenal! I feel your pain.
@thumb_up (80)
• China
28 Dec 06
no.i won't .nowadays ,we want to find some information .it's very convient ,just on the internet ,you need not to go out .ot hang around in the book shops. just type some words you can find lot of waht you want .
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
Yes, but I was mtalking about entertainment fiction books, like novels or poetry, not really non-fiction reference books. However, you really shouldn't depend on all the information you find on the net, most of it is not really very accurate.