Bookish Rants or Raves: The Price of Our Addiction

Filed in Bookish Rant or Raves , The Crazy Lover Posted on April 8, 2010 @ 6:00 am 7 comments

Amazing to think how much us, book lovers in general, spend on books on a regular basis. We book bloggers do receive some books for review and its a great way to get to know new and established authors. However, if you are as addicted as I am in series, there are too many of them that you follow and  unless you have contacts and/or live in the US, you rarely get a chance to receive the newest installments of the series you love so much.

Besides, we bookaholics can’t stand to not look around a bookstore and/or an online bookstore and buy some books that just catch out eyes.

I’ve lived in two different countries and neither of them is an English speaking country. I have to make do with really small areas in the local bookstores that have books in English and they tend to be much more expensive then in the U.S. or Canada.

99% of the books I read are in English and a few years ago it was almost unthinkable for me to have access to those books in Brazil. I just moved back from Israel and I’m finding that they are so much cheaper here than they used to be. I usually buy my books in eBook form, so i don’t have to deal with shipping or I just order the print version on Amazon.

Today I was lucky to find some great books on a local store and the price was pretty fair. However, if I want variety, online is still my best option, however I end up paying the highest price for my addiction.

How about you guys?? My dear international readers… Do you read mostly in English? Where do you get your books? Is it hard? Expensive?

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  • kaz.milo April 8, 2010 at 7:52 am

    I buy a lot of my books through The Book Depository as they are much cheaper than any of the book shops here in Australia.
    I always look at the money I spend on books as much better than spending money on alcohol or cigarettes, I don't spend money on expensive restaurants, brand label cloths, gambling, overseas holidays etc etc so why shouldn't I be able to indulge in books 🙂

  • Tynga April 8, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I live in Canada, but I'm in the French Province of Canada (Quebec), so access to english books is also limited or expensive. I read exclusively in English and buy all of my books from
    To help feed my addiction I help other blogger with their blog's design for a small fee (6 to 40$), so overall it's not to to bad =)

  • pattepoilue April 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

    If I lived in Paris I'd have access to many books in English but I live in a forgotten part of France and the only books in English in my bookstores are the Harry Potter books. lol I read 99% of the time in English, so I also have to order online. Book Depository is Heaven for us International because it has free shipping…it takes a week for the book to arrive. The French Amazon is amazing too because shipping is FREE for books! So if they have the book in stock I can have it in 2 days without any shipping fees.
    Now that I have a Reader, It's even easier. 😉

  • The Book Pimp Blogs April 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I buy all my books new and I won't wait for any book I want. Since I discovered the Book Depository last year – I stalk that website and consequently I am broke – but I love it. Coming home to find a little white envelope from them in my mailbox makes me very happy.

  • Larissa April 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I also Love the Book Depo guys… but they dont ship to South America =(((( I was desolated when i found that out! so im stuck with Amazon and eBooks!

    Thanks for the comments!

  • EVA SB April 9, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Recently a friend of mine was looking through my read-books list and asked whether I had really read all those classics. The answer was yes mainly because here in Israel classics are much cheaper (frequently on special offer) and the English sections of library are full of them.

    I work in the local library and have improved/modernized the English collection with donations and purchases but when Mass market paperbacks cost nearly $20 our small budget doesn't go far.

    Amazon shipping charges are ridiculous, doubling or tripling the price of the book and customs seems to have the hots for Amazon parcels (taxes apply over $50 value including shipping!)

    I do like the Book Depository especially as they have .com and sites so I can choose my cover art!
    I also get some books sent by surface mail from a friend with a bookshop.

  • Missie April 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm


    I often wish I owned my own bookstore! If I really love a book, I will buy the hardcopy, paperback and the audiobook!!! Crazy! But it is all for the love of books, so I don't really complain that much.

    Thank goodness that books are my only vice… (hides purse collection)

    Great post! Thanks

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