I love going into second hand book stores to find my classics, but they usually cost between £2 and £3. Most people know Wordsworth Classics for £2 and Borders cheapies also for £2... but now Play.com are doing the Wordsworths for £1.50 delivered. I love second hand books so much, but i can't find anywhere to beat that price. Thought i would let people know how cheap they are (unless you live up north where charity shops are cheaper).
But Wordsworth editions are neither attractive nor scholarly. If I were to choose between a Wordsworth edition at £1.50 and a Penguin at £2, or an Oxford at £3... well, there'd be no contest.
^^^Agreed. And sometimes in second hand book shops you can find old copies of long-forgotten book. I got a copy of Boswell's London Journal from e-bay (a lovely old hardback) for about three pounds, and the cheapest copy you can find of it online is about twenty pounds.
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There's a cardboard box in the market near where I live which is packed with things like Jurassic Park, Brave New World, a whole bunch of Charles Dickens, and various other interesting things, for 50p each. I also found a copy of the bible which belonged to a woman in 1900, on sale for 10p, but I'm not overly thrilled about the idea of owning a bible, so I just admired it for a while.
I much prefer buying books second hand to getting them online. Even if it does work out cheaper online, you miss out on the thrill of finding a book you've been looking for, discovering titles you haven't heard of, the fusty smell...
It seems so souless to buy them online, although i do admit if there is a specific book i want i head straight to amazon
I got a 3 volume leatherbound anthology on the life and times of Winston Churchill for £3 in my local bookshop. I have no need for online shopping anymore (at least not for books).
I've always found the charity shops excellent for books. Play are really good though.
I should really go to a second hand book store.
The main problem with me is if I'm in town, I tend to go into Waterstones for "a quick look" and somehow come out one hour later with three freshly purchased books.
It's an addiction I reckon! Thankfully in my "uni town" there's an oxfam book shop, which sometimes has good books to read. The only problem is when you want something specific rather then a book on a whim.
My local Oxfam usually has some good books whenever I pop in there, and they're all 99p!
Charity shops ftw!
I love second hand books. So much nicer than new.
Is it just the south and london which has expensive charity shops?? I have just found out that Oxfam have a request form, so that when the book that you want comes in they will call you! I do love it when i find really old hardbacks.