How ironic! I tell you that you don't need to keep books around so you can lend them to people, only to turn around and tell you to borrow from others. Hey, I'm here to tell YOU how to save money, NOT your friends. If they want to spend their bucks on books, then why not take advantage of them a little. (However, you might not want to phrase it to them as "taking advantage of them" when you ask to borrow one of their novels. That's bad form.)
Now, what about the Amazon Kindle?
Sure, it's like magic, the way you can get a book delivered instantaneously into your hands via the internet. However, Kindle books, themselves, are about $9.99. Yes, that's a bargain if you're used to buying hardcovers, but not much of a steal if you're a paperback type of guy.
Also, the device itself costs $359. For that kind of coin, you're gonna have to buy a LOT of $9.99 books before you're gonna break even. Plus, if you have $359 to spend on such a thing, I'm pretty sure you don't need to watch your book-buying budget. What are you doing reading this article, in the first place? Go on. Git!
Jeff Somogyi is dealnews' Media Editor. Check out his blog, The Somogyi Perspective, to find out why used books still make him queasy.