How I Get Books: Libraries

In this first installment of How I Get Books, I’m going to talk a little bit about some of the different libraries in my life.

There are four main types of libraries that I get books from.  Public libraries, the university library, the church library, and school libraries.

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New Series: How I Get Books

This is something of a departure from the normal content of this blog.  I read about 200 books per year (some are rereads, children’s books, or graphic novels), and while I do buy a LOT of books, that’s not the only way I get books.  Talking with other book bloggers, it seemed that there was mild interest in some of my techniques for finding different titles, whether to purchase or just to read.

So I’ll be doing a series of posts called “How I Get Books” throughout 2020.  Feel free to skip over them if you are not interested, or leave a comment if you want to discuss further.  As posts go up, I’ll be linking them here on this post.  Hopefully one of these posts will give you an idea or help you find a book you’ve been looking for!

Some Thoughts on Usborne

Later, a post will go up about a particular Usborne book I’ve decided to review.  But before that goes live, I thought readers of this blog might benefit from a brief background on Usborne.  In the USA at least (it might differ elsewhere), Usborne is a direct-sales company focusing on children’s books and related items such as puzzles, notebooks, etc.  They were originally known among teachers for having long lists of child-friendly internet links to back up every book.  Of course, with the nature of the internet getting better known and the passage of time, those printed lists no longer had the same value, and they are not a major part of Usborne’s marketing these days.

Usborne has a long history of being sold through company representatives, which is part of why I haven’t reviewed too many of their books.  However, it’s now possible to purchase through their website (where you will be assigned a consultant), buy select titles new through bookstores, find almost any title used, or buy them through Amazon (although I think those purchases are not endorsed by the company).  Basically, Usborne has gained enough traction that it’s possible to get the more popular titles even without going to a sales party or knowing a consultant.

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Why I Don’t Post My Book Hauls Anymore

In October 2017 we went on a little book-buying spree, our last book purchase of the year.  In the past, I’ve posted about book hauls and then never reviewed any substantial portion of the books.  It takes long time for me to post reviews (I have about a two month turn-around time assuming nothing else comes up).  However, I felt bad about posting pictures of the awesome books on my shelf and then never reviewing them.

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