As you guys know from our previous post, 10 rules for living with a book collecting sci-fi nerd, Mr NW is a pretty avid collector of books. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you guys this hobby can get quite pricey quite quickly. Not as bad as skiing or building miniature railroads but it definitely adds up.
The dilemma is that it would be lovely to support our local independent bookshop, but you know you are going to be spending more. That’s fine for a book or two, but really adds up at the rate Mr NW expands his collection.
And our local bookshop is really difficult to get to. I know that’s not their fault but it doesn’t help.
But buying from the global mega corporation Amazon (who own the Book Depository) gives you a lot more bang or books for your buck, with the added bonus of avoiding the never ending road cones.
Artemis by Andy Weir – Paperback
All prices in NZD
Local Independent Bookshops: $33 – 37
National Chain Stores: $29
NZ based online retailer: $27 (shipping extra)
The Book Depository: $24 (free shipping)
For comparison, Amazon ebook: $10.50
I pretty much just order ebooks but Mr NW needs a physical copy so he pretty much always orders from The Book Depository.
If ordering online saves $10/book and Mr NW buys 25 books a year, he saves the equivalent of 10 books. Oh dear, hopefully Mr NW doesn’t read this and use this logic to increase to buying 35 books a year.
Now, the thrifty people out there would say why not just use the library? It is a good point, the library is a great resource. I’ve rented ebooks from the library and it’s great if you are happy to wait for your book of choice to become available. Not so great for new releases because they tend to have a long wait list.
I haven’t mentioned secondhand books here because we haven’t had much luck and secondhand books are surprisingly expensive here. When we stumble across a secondhand book shop Mr NW often searches the (often tiny) science fiction and fantasy section without anything catching his eye. A lot of the secondhand bookshops aren’t open on the weekend so that limits options too.
So yeah, for the most part we just buy from wherever will give us the best deal.
Do you have a philosophy on book purchases? Do you buy from your local bookshop?