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Nov. 15th, 2008 @ 07:18 pm Books, books and more books aka 'a hard habit to break'
One of my major discretionary expenses is book buying. I just adore books. As a result, I have well over 70 books waiting to be read.

I've managed to quench the impulse somewhat. I also have 30+ books on loan from the local library.

Now, I'm also a major scifi fan. I can borrow the Star Trek books from the library system, which I am doing. But getting those Doctor Who, Torchwood and Stargate books are a different matter all together.

I can rarely find these two series in my local library system. So I got myself in the habit of pre-ordering them from Amazon.com. At the time of purchase I usually justify it by saying, "Hey, I don't need to pay until they get released. I'll just include their purchase in the budget for the month of release."

Problem: the books tend to be released in groups. So I might end up laying down $30-$50 at one go.

Problem the 2nd: these books don't always come out when Amazon initially expects them to. They get pushed back so I sometimes end up laying down $30-$80 in a month.

This evening, I've just canceled a half dozen Amazon orders. I've decided to go for one of the books each month if I have the money to spare. This includes 4 titles which were slated for release within the next 10 days. (I would have also canceled my purchase of Bones season 3, but apparently it's in the process of being packed and shipped since that gets released on Tuesday. Oh well.)

It might not be much, but this is a psychological success for me. My fear is always "I've got to purchase because they'll become unavailable," which has happened with two Stargate titles I don't have. But my life hasn't been damaged by me not having those two titles, so I just have to remember that my life won't be damaged if I miss any of these books either. I also have to remember that if it comes down to food or books... well, book paper doesn't taste too good.
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Date:November 16th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
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Ask your librarian if the library system would be able to get the books that you would like to read in. They might be able to oblige once they know that there is a demand.
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Date:November 16th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
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I agree with this suggestion. My mom used to work at a library and she told me that libraries often share books with different branches if someone puts in a request for a book. You might not get the book as fast as you like to, but you can still read it eventually.
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Date:November 16th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
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I also have a love of books. For me, Ive made it into a game..a hunt...to see where I can find them for free. Sometimes I have to wait. But its very rare in todays world for a book to ever truely be unavailable. There is always ebay..etc. I understand being a collector. But part of collecting for me, is the means of getting it for free/cheap. The two Stargate titles you are missing, Im sure they are out there somewhere. It just means you can't go to amazon and pay full price to have them shipped to your house. There *are* copies out there.

First thing you should do is join BookMooch.com. Its basically a book trading site. You mail books to people ($2-$4 each for postage) and get points. You then *spend* these points on other books. Its hit or miss what books you will find, but I have found a LOT of great books. Another one is paperbackswap.com.

Second thing is to look into local venues. Maybe google? We have something called Liberated Books where its just a free book swap every month. Someone set up their garage like a library, you donate any books you are done with and take as many as you like. Its wonderful.

Thirdly, libraries have book sales often. They sell their excess and donated books to get money to buy new books. I love love love these. Typically on the last day they might have a "Bag Sale" where a bag of books is $5. This website may help you find library sales in your area.

Lastly, if you haven't already done so, you should join freecycle. I get a lot of books from them. Some Im interestd in, others I freecycle back to other people. Its a great program. freecycle.org will help you find a group in your area. You can join as many groups in your area as you like.
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Date:November 16th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
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i also have this problem, but reading is something i think i want to spend the extra money. i've been thinking of joining bookspine, its similar to netflix for books at least wo i can read the books that i don't want to own.
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Date:November 16th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
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Once you read those 70 (what? 2 months from now?) you need Paperback Swap!

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Date:January 22nd, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Half.com has been a lifesaver for me.
I love books. But at $20 plus a pop at the bookstore it gets too expensive.
On half.com I more then once found books with asking price of $8 when it retails for $22.
Huge savings.

I would definitely suggest you check it out.
Here is the link for all the Stargate books. http://search.half.ebay.com/stargate_W0QQmZbooks

I always buy books on there(all my experiences has been very good too) and save a fortune