Friday, March 11, 2011

Book Greenbacks

The high gas prices got me to thinking...what will people do to still buy books? Will they trade off other items like dining out, going to the movies or skimp on groceries to keep feeding their literary hunger? What would you be willing to give up to free up some cash to make new purchases?

Personally I haven't had a new book since Christmas when I used a gift card to buy it and got another novel as a gift. The other reading I've done has been courtesy of the local library. However they don't have all the titles I've wanted to devour. I'm not as bad as I used to be. I had a shirt that read something like "If I have money, I buy books first, then food." That was so true, especially in college...but lately other things have kept me from much.

Would you decide to hit yard sales where you could score lots of used books for cheap? Will you go against most author's good graces and haunt the local used bookstore to get novels secondhand?
Eventhough some of my writer friends frown on buying secondhand (since they don't get a cut)...I have often hit used bookstores. My hubby and I usually make a day of it. Once a month we drive thirty minutes, do lunch at a favorite spot, then hit the used bookstore (which also has CDs, DVDs, etc.) to browse the racks. I enjoy seeing what's new and interesting since the stock shuffles in a variety of ways. Finding new authors has been fun, and I've also gotten to learn about the craft by picking up diverse titles.

Will you go digital and use your new Kindle or Nook to buy cheaper books as downloads...or potentially download some good titles thanks to free publisher promotions?

I know I delighted in downloading several free books. In fact over three quarters of my list didn't cost me a dime. Sure they might be a little older, or a little out of my normal reading selection, but it never hurts to break out of the box and try new things.

If you wanted to make some money would you hold a fundraiser? Perhaps a lemonade stand, car wash, or even a bake/yard sale to get some extra green backs.

I can't say I've done a fundraiser specifically to get book money, except for selling older titles at a family yard sell and then getting something new to replace what I cleaned out. I am curious to see what fundraisers people might do to raise money. People can brainstorm some ingenious ideas when they want to get something their heart is set on :0)

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