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Money Saving Tips: How to save on books

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Books! They're our favorite dead-tree media. (Take THAT, papyrus scrolls!) But, as the forests get defoliated, prices can only go up. That's not a good thing if you're looking to save a little money while building your library. We've rounded up some of the best services we could find to help you continue to be the egg-headed reader you already are, while keeping some extra money in your pocket. (You'll need that extra coin to buy reading glasses, someday, I'm sure.)

But first, I'd like to address some "issues" you might have about our money-saving suggestions:

Firstly, you have to get over the idea that every book you read you'll want to hold onto for ever and ever. Yes, people like to collect libraries. I certainly do. And the two most commonly given reasons for me doing this are: "I'm totally going to re-read this book" and "I like having them around to lend out to others to read!"

These opinions of mine are BS.

You're not going to re-read that Dean Koontz book, and your friends could care less about what you like. (Especially if you like Dean Koontz.)

Secondly, you have to get over the "Ick Factor" of second/third/fourth-hand books. Though you can never know what the last guy reading that book had touched before reading it, I doubt it was hazardous waste. (Unless there is tell-tale evidence stuck between the pages, that is *shudder*.) You'll be okay if you'd just refrain from licking the book.

If you're really concerned, or if your name is Howie Mandell, just stock up on Purell.

Now, with your worries assuaged, here's some places to get cheap(er) books:

Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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