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For anyone who has a bookcase that is bursting, who finds books piled up in every corner of their house, who is basically addicted to books, shopping for books is no easy feat. We bibliophiles have to be careful – selective – about the books that we buy. Usually, we're unsuccessful, because there is simply never going to be enough room for the amount of books we'd like to own. I've compiled a little guide, including some of my personal tips and thoughts about shopping for these wonderful words.
1. Plan ahead – if you're looking for a particular book, go straight for that one. It's better for your pockets. If you're into that genre and you're happy to get more, you're likely to find similar books around the same area too, so basically just set up camp there for a while.
2. By set up camp, I literally mean, set up camp. I've found myself sat on the floor with my bags around me, five pages into a book before. It's a good way to work out if you're going to like the book the whole way through. Blurbs always make the book sound good, but I know that certain writing styles just don't sit with me, so I'll always recommend giving it a taster read. P.S. Don't read the entire book though, it's not a library! I think 5 pages is enough (in fact, less than that is probably enough sometimes).
3. Be considerate when you're shopping for books, crack a spine or dog ear a page and you're going to make some enemies. Remember, as is the same with any shopping, you don't own it until you've paid for it!
4. Look out for offers – half price, 3 for 2 – books can be totally expensive, when you're buying in bulk you might as well be sensible about it!
5. Shop around – the number of times I've bought a book from one place and then realised I could have got it for less somewhere else is actually ridiculous. Do your research, whether that's online before you shop or in the different bookshops around town.
6. Speaking of online... there are some pretty amazing websites that sell books for low prices, and many that sell e-books (which also solves the issue of not having space in the house – just space on your hard drive to worry about now!). Personally, I do prefer a physical book, but sometimes it is much easier, cheaper and simpler to read an e-book.
7. Join a book club – the best way to learn about new books and discover whether they're your kind of thing is to join a club where you can discuss it throughout the whole process.
8. Ask yourself some questions – am I going to read this book more than once? Will I lend this to friends? Will I talk about it to everyone? Will it sit proudly on my bookshelf at home? If
you answer yes to these, then you won't regret buying it. If not, it might be better to just borrow it out of the library or buy the e-book, which is sure to be cheaper. I've made the mistake of buying books that I enjoyed, but didn't absolutely adore, and each time I've moved house I've ended up giving away anything that didn't fall into the latter category.
That's it in terms of my tips for book shopping! I hope this has helped and thanks so much to ETA Publishing for letting me guest post on their blog.