Hello awesome nerds,
I thought I might take you a little ways into my mind today. Hold my hand, mind the gap, and don’t poke anything and we will be fine.
As a person without a lot of money for frivolities (which unfortunately includes books) I tend to buy my books used. As such, I can generally get books for anywhere from $0.50 to $2.00 each. Yes, they are used, but they are also generally in good condition. The only time I get a little grumpy is when I have ex libris copies I can’t clean up. But I digress.
My birthday was a few weeks ago, and I received a lovely gift card for Chapters as a gift. Cue my excitement! I was going to get to buy a new book for myself! As I have become more active on Twitter lately, I have been seeing so many awesome new releases coming out. And I was so excited.
Until I got to the book store. New releases (meaning hardcover for the most part) were running over $25 each. One of them was under 100 pages long. And I sat there, dumbfounded, staring at the books I had been so excited to get. The gift card, which I thought was going to get me maybe two books, was not even going to cover one.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Books are worth it. I want nothing more than to support authors. But when you are trying to make your money stretch, it is so frustrating to come across these books you want that are so out of reach. $25+ is enough for one of my monthly medications! Even with a gift card, can I honestly justify that kind of cost?
Ebooks are an option. And it is funny, because I actually prefer to read ebooks. But for the money, I would rather have something physical in my hands than a series of ones and zeroes.
How do you feel about the “convenience tax” associated with buying brand new books? Do you think it is justified? Or do you think we should be working to make books more accessible to all?
Stay bookish, lovelies!