Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Giveaway Winner & YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday #110: Where do you buy books?

THE WAIT IS OVER: I can finally announce the winner for my portion of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway!

Prank Xmas trees? AWESOME. Here's the link for the Grinch tree she mentions.

I was going to send her a new car Ryan Gosling 9 ladies dancing, but they wouldn't fit in the box. Instead, she's getting:

[Psst, Cari, please contact me with your mailing addy, kthx!]

And now for our regularly scheduled Road Trip Wednesday:

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic:
Where do you buy most of your books? No one is judging!

That's right: NO JUDGING! Maybe I'm too naive, but I want to believe that book lovers can join hands and set aside our differences and get back to the crux - That we all love books and support reading. 'Nuff said.

Okay, here's my book-buying process:

Self: "Ooh, a book I want to read! I shall now go and obtain it, so that I may read it!"

First stop: Amazon. It's hard to find better prices, and since they ship internationally, I'll also use them if I want to send a book gift to someone.

BUT BEFORE I PUSH PURCHASE: I always check the price on Better World Books.

You guys, I will now ABSOLUTELY CONVERT YOU into doing the same!

From their website:
Every book purchased from Better World Books contributes to individual literacy throughout the world and the potential for a better life. 
Better World Books is an organization that sells books and uses the money to support a number of nonprofit companies that work on advancing literacy and education, mostly in third world countries and overlooked groups. (Here's a list of their nonprofit partners, which includes some amazing organizations like Invisible Children, Room to Read, and the Prison Book Program.)

- All of the books they sell are donated to them, from average readers like you and me, and from places that have book overflow. And most of the books purchased from the site are used. Fewer books in landfills! (Check out the used books for the best prices)
- For every book purchased, they donate a book to a nonprofit partner
- Great prices
- Free shipping!!! Plus they ship internationally. See site for deets.
- If the book can't, ultimately, be used, they'll recycle it

Check out their site, I bet you won't be able to leave without buying something. The Spouse has been able to find some rare books he's been looking for. And if you're looking to unload some books, consider donating to them. (They also accept college textbooks, which they'll donate to needy universities in developing countries.) You can print a free mailing label from their site, so no cost to you!

If I'm Out and About on the Town: I'll stop by my local bookstores, whether it's a chain like Barnes & Noble or an indie. These are great for spontaneous purchases.

If I'm not entirely sure: I'll get it from the library. And while I'm there, I'll also read all the magazines and check out some DVDs. I can pretty much spend all day at the library and be happy.

If I'm Lucky: Lately I've been getting more books from fellow readers that I've met through blogging. I love this! One of my goals in 2012 will be to send out more books to other bloggers and readers.

In short, I don't think it really matters where you get your book. It's more important what you do with it after. Pass it on to a friend, donate it to a library, school, or favorite nonprofit. Most importantly, if you love a book, support the author by doing reviews on your blog or Facebook. (Don't forget to add links to the book so it's easy for your readers to find it.) Consider sending that author some fan mail or a friendly Tweet. And support your fellow readers with open friendship!


  1. I now get super excited when an author replies to my tweet :-)

    I had never heard about Better World Books, will need to check if they ship internationally as well.

  2. @commutinggirl: For sure, I love that, too! Some authors are super friendly and interactive with their fans.

  3. As I said on my blog, I would ideally buy books to support local retailers and also support the industry (writers and publishers). But often, the desire to purchase and read the book no matter where it came from trumps. As a writer, I would surely love for people to buy my books (one day when I'm published) from local booksellers, and buy the hardcover new so everyone benefits. But more than anything, I want people to read my books. Whether they get them from B&N, Amazon, Local Bookstore, or the library.

  4. LOL you've got quite a plan there ;)
    Hmm, you got me when you said Better World Books ship internationally. Will have to check. Thanks for the tip!

  5. I'd never heard of Better World Books. Thanks for mentioning that!

  6. Thanks for sharing Better World Books! I've never heard of them. What a great idea :)

  7. I've never heard of Better World Books, but what a great organization! And what a great way to use old textbooks. They're often still good and useful. Awesome! Thanks for letting us know about this =)

  8. Better World Books sounds great, I'll have to check that out! Thanks :)

  9. @Colin: I like to think that I'd be happy someone read and enjoyed my book, regardless of how they chose to obtain it.

    @Juliana: Gotta cover all the bases!

    @Yael, Miss Cole, & Crystal: Enjoy!

    @Jaime: The fact that they accept and make good use of textbooks is awesome. I myself had sooo many perfectly good but unsellable textbooks lying around before I shipped them off to BWB.

    I've read lots of great booksite recommendations from you guys, too!

  10. Hooray! Thanks, Athena!
    And thanks for talking about BWB. I didn't know about that and it sounds great. :)

  11. Wow, Better World Books sounds excellent!


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