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    What would you pay for a book?

    I prefer a book to Kindle or other electronic gubbins. I am an avid reader and tend to buy mine through eBay and Amazon, usually second hand. I have noted prices going up for paper based books, what do others think is a reasonable price to pay for book, say within six months of its release?
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    I buy a lot of books, and don’t have a Kindle so always but physical books through Amazon.

    Very rarely buy books that recently published, though.

    However, second-hand paperbacks I usually pay somewhere between 3 and 8 quid (inc postage).

    Second hand academic books, usually between about 8 and 20 (they are a rip off wherever you buy them).


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    Responses so far suggest I am in the right area. Some of the plus postage prices are mental.
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    I'd say about £8 quid. I was in the buying and selling books business about 8 years ago. Sold them on Amazon before the boom of the kindle and ebooks. Still remember the book I paid $2 for and sold for $950. Margin of Safety.

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    Forgot to answer the question - 5 to 10 quid.


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    I usually go to Waterstones £5-£20.

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    10 quid, unless it's an important book by a fav author then I'll pay 20-25 for hardback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1875 View Post
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    I prefer a book to Kindle or other electronic gubbins. I am an avid reader and tend to buy mine through eBay and Amazon, usually second hand. I have noted prices going up for paper based books, what do others think is a reasonable price to pay for book, say within six months of its release?
    I use the library - glasgow's is really good - online reservations pick up from any branch...new releases available to pre-order

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    Quote Originally Posted by moathibby View Post
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    I usually go to Waterstones £5-£20.
    Please keep doing so.

    I NEVER buy from Amazon, and will always order something I want from my local bookstore (wherever I am). I can wait the extra couple of days, and don't mind the slightly higher price I might end up paying. That's the cost of keeping social hubs like bookstores in business.

    But to answer the question:

    Anything from a fiver to around ninety quid, if it's something rare and I really want it.

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    I’m a big fan on a lot of technology, but I still buy books in Waterstones. There’s something about physically holding the book and turning the pages that helps me really immerse myself in the book. Usually get most new releases for £10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HibeeZab View Post
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    I’m a big fan on a lot of technology, but I still buy books in Waterstones. There’s something about physically holding the book and turning the pages that helps me really immerse myself in the book. Usually get most new releases for £10.
    Thanks all. I asked as I always read Irvine when on my hols and noted his full price hard back was £14 in Waterstones! I got it on ebay for a tenner in the end.
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