There are those who like books, others who find them useful, and those who look upon them as a necessary evil, but an annoyance. Ecclesiastes reminds us that “of the making of books, there is no end”. That was written 2,700 years ago, so obviously the more things change, the more they remain the same. But there is a special breed of people who love books – also known as bibliophiles.
Here at “Open the Gates” we definitely fall into the last category. If you are in any of the other categories and feel like upgrading, we want to highlight some of the great online spots that will help you with your growing interest.
Now with the obvious ones. The following sites are places to buy books that are in your average bookstore:
But, perhaps you don’t want to buy any new books. Used ones are available at so many different places. My favorite is Abe books (www.abebooks.com)
Abe Books hosts thousands of used book stores all on one site. All you have to do is type in the name or author or both and it automatically checks the inventory of all these stores. I recently found a textbook I needed valued at close to $100 for less than $5. It came in four days.
For those readers who live in Sacramento, the public library is often overlooked. Or if not overlooked, then most people use it poorly. I have gone down to the Library only to find that the book I want is gone. The best way to do it is to go to www.saclibrary.org. The full library catalog is at that site.
There are a number of sites that tell us about books and which new ones are best to read. My favorite places are:
Arts and Literature Daily (a site that is dedicated to the arts and is updated daily).
New York Times Book Review (requires that you register at their site).
That should get you upgraded to a more bibliophile approach.