Sunday Salon: How to Survive being unable to buy books

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I can go a long time without buying books (6 months? 8 months?). That’s not the same as without acquiring books. I have several ways of doing this:

  • Sites like Netgalley where I can download ebooks I’ve been approved for.
  • Sites like Amazon (leave me alone!) where I can get free ebooks sent straight to my kindle
  • Authors and publishers who contact me directly to review their books
  • Social Media interaction with publishers (twitter, google+ etc)
  • Bookcrossing – having a wishlist over there so that people can offer me books, with the addition of the regular meetings and the bookshelves around the city where I can find books I might pick up.
  • Oddly enough – the local library is not on my list. I simply have too many books, and use the city library for other reasons!

So what about you, constant reader? How do you survive?

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10 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: How to Survive being unable to buy books

  1. I get a LOT of review books too, both physical books and e-copies, and I seem to have a knack of winning book competitions – I still haven’t read all the Deborah Moggach books (8 or so) I won a couple of years ago, or the selection of women’s literary fiction from last Autumn. I also use my local library a lot – it’s only a short walk away across playing fields,very pleasant if the sun is shining 🙂 My greatest weakness though is asking for books I see offered on Freecycle/freegle – the latest acquisition was a HUGE stash – 4 large boxes – of sci-fi/fantasy novels, which I don’t have room for at all, so most will go back to freecycle or be passed on through Bookcrossing once I’ve read them.

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  2. I’m pretty boring. I get books from the library where I work and also on ebook from the Free Library of Philadelphia. That’s it. I don’t “do” ARCs so don’t worry about that and don’t always read the latest books, so don’t need to be on NetGalley…not that I’ve ever felt the need to use it.

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  3. Mostly the library. I occasionally except books from authors and publishers, but rarely because I prefer reading to my current interests and the library makes it easy.

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  4. Library — and I do buy some books. I buy them because they are often new ones I want to read and they are long listed or not available at the library. I also pick up books at a book exchange at my local health club. I’m fortunate to live in a university town so tastes often run somewhat sophisticated.

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  5. I use 4 different local libraries + library ebooks + ILL pretty frequently, on top of NetGalley and Edelweiss. But if you’re looking for physical freebies to keep, try the Goodreads giveaways! I generally get 3 – 5 free books each year this way.

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  6. I didnt last very long with my book buying ban last year – about six weeks I think before I succumbed.Though I didnt buy as many as in previous years. If I’m not buying then I rely on the library – thats how I get most of the contemporary books or via net galley. I just don’t have time to interact with authors on Twitter etc

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