Here’s a little bit about why I buy books. First, I love ‘em. Second, I like to read in English and there aren’t too many titles available in libraries here in Bucharest, so I have to buy a good deal of what I read. Which, of course, is expensive, whether I resort to a brick-and-mortar bookstore or an online bookseller. The brick-and-mortar bookstores sell them at a higher price because they don’t sell many copies of any given book (well, except for a few bestsellers), and the majority of online booksellers add quite a hefty shipping & handling fee. The situation seems pretty grim.
Well, in fact, there are a few ways to save money on books even here in Romania. There are far many ways to do that in the US and elsewhere in English-speaking countries. I will address them both, drawing on my experience and on what I’ve been reading online over time as well as for this article about options available in the US, UK, etc. I welcome all your comments about getting great deals on books in Romania, the United States, the UK, or any other country.
I’ll start by telling you quickly about my experience buying books here in Romania, and will then move on to a more detailed discussion about getting English-language books for cheap in English-speaking countries.