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Not sure if somebody already posted this, but for the first time in my life I'm taking advantage of Amazon.com and I'm buying used books for just a few cents! For the most part, I only pay 3.99 for shipping. Unbelievable!
I have officially kicked off my quest to build up a solid book collection.
Something I like to do....I go to Barnes & Noble's, Border's, etc. and will putz around and look through books for maybe 30 minutes to a few hours. Possibly read a few pages to a chapter to get a feel for the book. I make a note in my phone or on paper which books I like, put the books back on the bookshelf, and then go on amazon and buy them much cheaper!
I've moved numerous times since 2000 and donated most of my books and magazines to the local library. It's kinda funny search the library web site and find my old copy of the Necronomicon still in their inventory.
EEEEKKK!!! The Necronomicon! Just kidding. You can get a lot of books online as free PDF downloads. Check out http://www.4shared.com, for example. I just downloaded Shogun today for free and put it on my Kindle. Check your country's copyright laws before you download, in case you don't want the po-po chasing your @$$. (Just had to state that for the record...)
Anyhow, not to steal/divert the thread, but for travelin' men who like to read/stay informed, I swear by my Kindle (or alternate eReader) as a greet way to take your books with you. I managed to download a few hundred classics for free from Amazon and elsewhere that are in the public domain. Also, to reiterate the value of Google searching/4shared.com for free books in PDF. You can also download the Calibre app for your computer that will then convert that PDF into a format that the eReader can read more easily or is easier on your eyes.
For language geeks, like me, you can find many language books at 4shared.com, for free, if you're interested, too.
Saves a lot of weight and hassle with heavy books. Just requires the initial investment of $140 for the eReader, or you can just download a free version of the reader for your PC/MAC.
The one that I donated was the 1981 hardcover edition (3,333 limited print). In retrospect I should have kept it, because it's now a collector's item worth $375 in very good condition. There's a newer edition out by a different author in 2004 that's supposed to be even better and more catered to Lovercraft fans:
I have not purchased the latest edition, but would probably pick it up if I find it in an used book store.
Interesting book, I see there is some connection to HP Lovecraft. I have yet to do some research on how HP got his knowledge.
Good point about traveling around, that must be hard to do with tons of books.
E-books and E-readers transformed my traveling life and saved my back! Now when I browse bookstores in airports, I can usually find electronic copies of books I like on-the-spot through my Amazon's online Kindle bookstore and download them at a cheaper price (usually $9.99) right on the spot via Whispernet or other cooperating 3G networks overseas. Ebooks with a lot of color pictures can be properly viewed on an IPad or on your home computer. Long term goal is to pare down my physical book collection to virtually zero.