As a used bookseller, we really do find that buying used books is the way to go. Our seven reasons below are a great starting point for getting to know World of Books and realising how great a used book can be.
1. You will save money
Used books are cheaper. An obvious reason, of course. New books can set you back a pretty penny, especially if you’re buying stacks at a time! You often save at least half when you buy used. Did you know last year World of Books customers saved 66% when they bought a used book rather than the new equivalent?
2. It’s better for the environment
New paper books carry quite a large footprint, with millions of trees destroyed and millions of tonnes of CO2 produced each year. Yes, the latest book is a must-have but why not do your part for the environment and pick up one of the millions of used copies already in circulation? World of Books saves 26,000 tonnes of books from being sent to landfill sites each year; that is equivalent to 442,000 trees.
3. Be a part of the shared book history
When you buy a used book, you never know what you are going to get. Inscriptions in margins or dedications in the front page. You’re taking part in a shared history and better yet, you’re free to add your own little mark along the way too.
4. That old book smell
New books smell the same. It’s the fresh off the press smell. Used books, however, have spent years, decades and occasionally centuries collecting their own unique scent. There’s the British Library type smell, the well-loved by an elderly lady smell and then, of course, the least pleasant, this book has suffered water damage smell.
5. The vintage covers (swoon…)
What’s not to like about, a vintage edition of your favourite book? Those editions are far more interesting than a recent re-releases. If you’re interested in rare and vintage covers, you should definitely head over to World of Rare Books and check out their collection of books which are truly stunning.
6. You will read more
You’ll be prompted to finish your current book when there’s a stack of equally compelling reads on your shelf. When you can buy affordable used books at World of Books, you’ll have no problem keeping that stack high.
7. The books are already broken in
Books shouldn’t be pampered. Instead of worrying about keeping a crisp and stain free book, pick up a used copy. The binding is probably a little bent and you may find some warped pages along the way, but you can throw it in your bag and carry on. Used books have been around the block for a while – they’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe. We are certain they will survive a further short journey or two in your backpack.
By Rebecca Reed, CRM Executive
Now you’re clued up on why buying second-hand books is awesome, why not learn some more ways to live sustainably? Check out our books sustainability! From the best ways to avoid food waste to using less plastic.
What do you think of our list? Why do you love second-hand books? Let us know in the comments below.