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Shelves of books

Our household is passionate about books.  We spend a lot of money of them and nowadays we avoid trips to places like Borders because our children are as keen as we are, and a mortgage repayment can be spent on new purchases.

Prior to our renovation we had four freestanding bookshelves, then of course, we included the massive built-in shelves as part of our renovation.  For once we have more shelves than books, but it is only a matter of time.

Custom built-in book shelves
To reduce our spending, but not our enjoyment of reading, we go through bursts of library visits to load up on books.  We've also saved considerably on some purchases using Amazon; in particular obtaining a new release Australian book at about half the recommended retail price early last year, and another book at 75% of the recommended retail price.  The prices include delivery.  Delivery was much quicker than their "estimated" times.

I've since been put on to Book Depository in the UK.  There range of books seems to be less, but a major advantage is free delivery to Australia.  I ordered a paperback novel about 10 days ago, and it arrived early this week.  The novel was $8, including delivery.

I ordered two more books at the same time, which haven't yet arrived but apparently have been shipped.

I have in the past lamented about not spending more, when designing our house, on books to get good ideas.  We did visit Borders but instead should have shopped online.  For example, The Pantry (ISBN 9781423600046) can be delivered to Australia for about $18 via Abe Books (search at the Book Depository and it provides the link to Abe Books), or $21.50 via Amazon, with delivery within a month. I think our pantry is great, but could it have been even better?

Locally, we have, for now, a Dirt Cheap Books shop next to the former Harvey Norman store in Mentone, but it doesn't have much in the way of home and lifestyle books. Such stores seem to have a lot of turnover, so I'll keep an eye on it.  I don't know where any local secondhand book shops are.  Do you?


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