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Your Personal Library: Enrich Your Book Collection

Updated on April 22, 2016

Many people like to buy books, many others like to read book from libraries or by borrowing from friends and others. But the better way is to buy the books. Having a lot of good books in your personal library is as essential as having other useful things at your home or office.

You do not have to spend a lot of money on buying books. There are many places where good books are available at a huge concession.

Here are some tips to enrich your personal collection of books, which will save your money.

Sources of Getting Books at Concessional Prices

There are many places where you can get books at concessional prices. Here are some of the most popular ways to get books at cheaper prices:

Book Exhibitions: Many publishers, groups of publishers or exhibitors arrange book exhibitions. Visit such book exhibitions in your city. The exhibitors offer 25% or more rebate on the Printed prices of the books. Many times, if it is a clearance sale, they sell the books at very low prices. Recently I bought 30 book from an exhibition in our city. The total amount was more than 250 Dollars, but I bought all the books just for 30 Dollars. You can know about the book exhibitions in your city from local newspapers.

Buying Directly from Publishers: Most publishers offer concession on books to individual direct buyers. Visit the Show rooms of the publishers and buy the books you want. The Publishers offer 25% to 35% concession on printed prices. Further, many publishers have some membership schemes. By joining such schemes, you can get more concession on the book prices.

Buying Used Books: Used books are available at cheapest prices. Used books are available at street book sellers and paper scrap merchants. Further, you can buy used book online, from the websites like Amazon and ebay. Your benefit in buying used books is that you can get many popular and useful books at throw away prices.

Used Books Stall on a street at Pune, India
Used Books Stall on a street at Pune, India | Source

Getting Books for FREE!

If you can write reviews of books in newspapers and news magazines, you can get many books for free. for this you must introduce yourself as a writer to the book publishers. You should offer them writing reviews of their new books. If the publisher accepts your offer, he will give you a book to write a review. In many cases, the publishers offer you remuneration for writing a review. Thus you can get free books, some money and fame too. Start this by visiting the publishing houses in your city. For other cities, you can contact the publishers by email or phone.

Unethical Practices of Enriching Your Book Collection

There are some unethical practices of enriching your book collection, which are never recommended. These practices will not help you as they are not good in long term:

* Not returning the books you borrow from your friends and relatives.

* Not returning the books you get from libraries

* Buying pirated copies of books.

Such practices will defame you, so never try them.

Video: Tips To Buy Cheap New and Used Books Online


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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    I, too, have been collecting books since I was a young woman (about a half century ago!) and have thousands. The bookcases throughout my home are overflowing into storage boxes, so I've been slowly downsizing my collection. My intent is to keep only those books which I will enjoy re-reading or sharing with family or friends, as well as some specific reference volumes and certain books which are valuable to me for various reasons.

    Each year I go through my books and collect several hundred for donation to local public libraries. They shelve the newer and/or more popular ones and sell the remainder at a Friends of the Library sale to benefit the library.

    Even though I currently own too many books for my space, I can always find something good to read! I also lend or give them to family and friends who show interest in particular books. If I want a book returned to me, I place a bookmark with my name and the date of lending inside it. I also make a note of the book title, who has it and the date. That usually ensures its return.

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    C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

    I have had a huge library on all manner of subjects in the past, but have been downsizing it the last few years. What I would really like is for there to be an online library where a person could get a free account or pay a small fee to keep copies of all the books they want to have available indefinitely. Having the ability to print out a few pages, or patterns, or directions, from saved copies of books would be good, too.

    Books take up so much space and when a person moves it is torture packing and hauling then up and down stairs. That is why I would rather be able to close up my iBook and have my entire library inside it and make just one trip down the stairs.

    I like to have a hard copy to sit comfortably somewhere to read, but I hate having all those books to dust and insure and move. So printing out a few pages when I'm in the mood to sit in a comfy chair to read would solve that problem.

    I love to find interesting used books at library sales or yard sales. Great ideas in this article. People do not read enough nowadays. Too much TV, too much cell phone, not enough enlightenment from the written word.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

    I have about three thousand printed books and about 6.8 GB ebooks in my library. I have not read all the titles in my collection, however as a book lover, I feel pride to show my library.

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    Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

    Wonderful information. I am an avid fan of book collection and have a good stock. I still wish to increase the stock. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on the topic.

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    peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    great ideas. Borrow the books from library and purchasing books on sale are great ideas to save money. Really, people sell books on the floor in india? Fascinating!!

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    I like your posting of unethical book practice. I have some treasured books lent out that are still missing. Thanks for the tips on finding a good book.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Good suggestions my friend. I am always looking for a good book to read.

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    thebiologyofleah 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Great tips, I will have to check out Book Exhibitions in my area. I prefer to own books as I am reading them so I don't have to rush to return them to the library. Plus if it's something I really like I keep it and lend it out for friends and family to read. I generally go to used bookstores and buy used books online but now I will add Exhibitions to my list.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Brilliant ways to enrich a book collection ans informative