The Price Of Books

Price of Books

At the beginning of December, Herminia wrote a post titled, “The Disadvantages of Buying Books.” Then we started talking in the comments and an idea sprouted.

One of the disadvantages of buying books that Herminia mentioned was the cost of books. Sure, $10 doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you add up your entire bookshelf?

I was going to look at the prices on all the books I own. Some may have been discounted, some may have been gifts, some might not even have the prices on them. Yet, I was curious to see how much money it was.

I didn’t do it because I have too many books and didn’t feel like spending the time to go through them all like that. Surprise, surprise.

So, for 2016, Herminia and I decided to keep track of how much money we spend on books.

When we buy a book we’ll jot down the price we paid written on the receipt. Not the actual price, because we might get a discount and/or pay tax. We want to write the exact amount we paid for.

I might post updates on my blog, I haven’t decided yet. I do know that December of next year I will write a post of the total amount of money I spent on books for the year.

Herminia and Kris said they’ll do this with me, though I don’t know if they’ll post updates on their blog about it at all.

If you’re a book lover and find yourself at the bookstore way too often, feel free to join us. I’m sure it’ll be an interesting experiment to see how much money one person can spend on books.

41 thoughts on “The Price Of Books

  1. Wow, I think this is a really great idea. I tend to buy in spurts, so when I do buy, it’s usually a good armful or so, but it’s only every couple of months. I may have to participate in this. I do love buying cheap used books, though, so hopefully it’s too much haha.

    • Depending on how much I start to spend, I may start going to the used bookstore too, lol.
      But I think you should participate! The more the merrier!

  2. I hardly ever buy books. I borrow almost all my books from the library, but lately the library doesn’t have the books I’ve been wanting to read, so I may start to go to the local used bookstore more often. And there’s always eBay.

  3. What a great idea! I shall do this too. Don’t know if I’d post updates on it, but it seems like fun. I think 2016 will be the year of books. πŸ™‚

  4. A bookmark I used to have had this written on it:
    β€œWhen I get some money, I buy books. If I have any left over, I buy food.”

    My husband is the same way. Our house is full of books. πŸ™‚

  5. I don’t smoke, drink, or use drugs. My name is Andrea, and I am a bookoholic. I love to read, and I reread my favorite books every year or so. I have closets, boxes, and shelves full of books. In the past year, I have given away hundreds of books, because of the space they took up in my home. However, the price of a book is seldom a deterent to me. I will look online for the best deal. I will buy used books. If I can’t afford to buy a book, I’ll borrow from the library or a friend. And if I can’t get it any other way but pay full price, I’ll buy it from my local independent book store. I have never regretted spending money on a good book.

  6. This is a neat idea I’m probably going to steal. I do monthly book hauls on my YouTube channel (I am behind as I haven’t posted November’s yet), and I can mention how much I spend there. πŸ˜‰

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