Used Books – A Smart Buy All the Way Around

Books have always been one of mankind's greatest treasures. The accumulated knowledge that's at our fingertips should never be taken lightly. Not only that, reading is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon or relax from a hectic day. But – just like everything else – books are not cheap. Developing a well-rounded collection can, over time, cost you a pretty penny. So, in this day and age when saving every penny you can is an important issue, here are some convincing reasons why buying used books may be the way to go.

When people think of used books they typically envision tattered paperbacks lying on a table at a garage sale. To be certain everyone doesn't take care of their books (or their other belongings, for that matter), but many people treat them with respect. Their books are stored on shelves in their home or office where they suffer virtually no damage. These are the books that you want to obtain. And, if you know where to look, these are the types of used books that you'll be getting. Skip the yard sales and go instead to your local churches and neighborhood schools. These organizations occasionally hold fundraiser sales where members and others in the community donate books and other items that are often sold for just a few dollars. The books that you'll find here are typically not the worn and torn paperbacks you may be used to seeing. They're hardcover volumes on all types of subject matter that have been kept in excellent condition.

Another place to find quality used books for an excellent price is on the Internet. For instance, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and others carry extensive inventories of books – new and used. You can even find a large variety of 'out-of-print' books that aren't available anywhere else. (Remember those wonderful books that you loved as a child but haven't seen in years?) These sites rate their books on a scale from "Poor" to "Excellent." The seller writes comments about the quality of the book and any marks or defects that have been sustained. Venders are graded by the feedback of customers that have bought books from them. Evaluate these opinions carefully when choosing which seller to by from.

But, what about paperbacks, you ask? Of course, used paperback books are also available from these websites. Paperback books in brick-and-mortar bookstores have become terribly expensive, so a used paperback in good condition obviously represents a potentially-great value.

Many used books have been read only once by their owners and then put away. After all, it's unusual for people to keep reading a particular book – unless it's really good story, or a reference manual of some kind. Some of the books that you'll find may still have the store sticker from where they were originally bought.

Used books can save you a lot of money, and you really don't have to compromise quality. The investment you make in knowledge, entertainment and financial savings will be worth it – all the way around!

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