When I was in middle school and high school, if I made bad grades on my report cards, my parents would ground me from reading.
I used to walk to lunch and classes with my face in a book trusting that I could see the person in front of me in line well enough to get to where I was going. I do actually remember getting lost several times because I was too busy reading to pay attention.
In the grand scheme of things, this really isn’t a bad problem to have. After all, just about every city in the country has a library where you can check out books totally free.
The problem with that is, I’m a total book snob.
I’m extremely picky about what books I will and won’t read, and a lot of the time, local libraries won’t have to book that I want.
A logical argument to that would be that they may not have the book I want to read, but surely they have a book I want to read. That’s a totally sound argument, but once I get it in my head that I want to read a book, I have to read that book.
Which brings me to my issue; reading a lot can get really expensive.
I’ve found local thrift bookstores, but I run into the same problem there that I have with libraries; they often don’t have the book I’m looking for.
My sister actually works at Barnes and Noble in Murfreesboro, which can help save money if she uses her discount to buy me books, but it’s still not cheap.
Which brings me to the solution that I’ve found, ThriftBooks.com.
This place is amazing. I spent about an hour just searching through the wide variety of books they have the first time I found it.
ThriftBooks is an organization that started back in 2003 in Washington. They have warehouses all over the country, and take used books and resell them online.
They also partnered with libraries in 2007, selling older books to raise money for the libraries.
The craziest part about all this, to me at least, is their prices.
I ordered five books from them the other day for a grand total of $15.74. I was blown away.
To top it all off, any order over $10 has free shipping. The majority of the books on the site are around $3.50, so if you order three books, you get free shipping.
I’m not the type to endorse things usually, but this site has saved me a lot of money, and I don’t want it to go unnoticed by others like me. There are very few sites out there that seem too good to be true, but actually are. ThriftBooks is one of them in my opinion.
There’s even an app you can get on your phone if you buy books as much as I do.
Jacob Smith is a staff writer for The Democrat. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.