Continuing on with the Be a Bookworm Challenge, I thought I'd pass along a few resources for low emissions (e.g. used) books.
- Browse your 'brary: Most libraries have online systems these days that allow you to reserve a book online and then pick it up at the front desk for a small fee. My library charges $.75. I can renew my book two times unless someone else has a hold on the book. I'm not alone in my love of libraries: check out Simple-Green-Frugal for an ode to the library (and it's not just for the books).
- Borrow a book: If your library doesn't have a book, you might be able to find it by posting on freecycle or a local message board.
- Just swap it!: Check out PaperBack Swap and Swaptree to trade books and other items online - for free. I've gotten quite a few good reads on the former, which also allows you to enter currently unavailable books on a wish list and receive alerts when someone posts that book.
- Ponder Prosperity: Theresa at Pondering a Myriad of Things is holding a drawing to give away her copy of Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle (which she won from the Crunchmaster, who was given it by the author, David Wann). Click here to read about Theresa's drawing and leave a comment to be entered to win the simple life!
- Buy it Used: Now might be a good time to investigate that dusty, mysterious used book store near you. You never know what they might have - or your local thrift store for that matter. I found the whole set of Little House books at our thrift store and I consider those books to be prime, simple life reading. If you want to order it online, check Abe's Books which is like Amazon but specializes in purely used books (and doesn't wrap their stuff in loads of plastic). If all else fails, look on ebay or Amazon for a used copy - most are like new, significantly cheaper and not made of new material so it's a win for the environment.
- Support the Locals: If you are buying it new (that's okay, I just bought a new copy of Common Wealth - shhh, don't tell Crunchy), try a local independent bookstore if you can. I am a sucker for small businesses. Sometimes, though, the fates conspire against us or we don't have the time and we just order it off of Amazon. Again, not a sin! (That's where my copy of Common Wealth came from. Shhh!) You are going to read the darn book, right? Then pass it along to someone else who is interested or treasure it and refer back to it from time to time. I feel that books are an important exception to the Stop Shopping game. Without books, where would we be?
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