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Book Talk: Book Exchange

Everyone who knows me would know that I’m very cheap when it comes to buying books, which explains why I have never ever buy books at retail price for years. I switched to e-reading few years back and stopped buying physical books, so if there’s anything newly released that I really really want to read, I buy the e-book version. Less hassle, no shelf space used. Easy. I think the last book that I really need the physical copy of that I bought in retail price was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in 2007. True story.

I’ve always been on a quest for cheap books, the cheaper the better, which is why I don’t mind getting secondhand books as long as it’s still in good condition (i.e no ripped pages). I’ve known people who hates getting secondhand books but I think this is one of the best ways to get books for very cheap, especially if you don’t have a lot of money to spend.

So anyway, imagine how I feel when I found out that there is such thing as book exchange being held near my place! I discovered their Facebook page (KL Book Exchange) and was immediately sold on the idea of exchanging my unwanted books to something new (to me). When I found out that they’re opening a booth this past weekend in a place that is relatively near to me, I immediately clear my schedule and make a point to stop by and see what they have to offer.

When the day came, I brought along with me 10 books from my shelves that I unhauled, which are basically books that I’ve had the longest time but no interest in reading them or having them in my collection. I forgot to take the pictures of my books but they are all in good condition.

When I reached the booth, I can already see a couple of books that I would love to have in my collection, which is a good sign because with my genre preference, it’s not always easy to get the books that I wanted. Book selections are a bit limited but I still managed to get 8 fairly-new secondhand books, which makes me more than happy because technically, I don’t spend anything to get the books! 🙂

I also stupidly forgot to take pictures of the books available at the booth (or the booth itself) but here are some pictures uploaded by KLBE at their facebook page.

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And…. here’s my haul for the exchange, which I think is super awesome because some are from authors that I love! #win

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All in all, my first time experiencing a book exchange went very well. I’m happy with the books I got and if I don’t like it as much after I read it, I figured I can just exchange it again. Can’t wait to go back again next month, hopefully. 🙂

What about you? Do you hunt for cheap books? Are you okay with secondhand books? Have you been to a book exchange events before or hold a book swap among your family and friends? Let me know what you think 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Book Talk: Book Exchange

  1. Is it ok to be jealous right now? Because I really am. I love your book haul ! I don’t mind secondhand books at all but the problem is that English books are not easy to find here, let alone secondhand. I don’t think a book exchange (for English books) exists here either.

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  2. I love secondhand books! As a kid, Payless Books was one of my favourite haunts. I was excited about the KL Book Exchange but their selection (as I’ve seen so far) had been much too limited for me – the closest I’d get is to a book I’d “grudgingly read” as opposed to than “will love forever and ever”. But I still love secondhand books, and getting books I love in various (usually out of print) editions, so I’ve developed a habit of buying from abebooks once every month or so.

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