Sometimes it can feel like splurging on books is more expensive than it should be. Prices for novels are high and, for some, unaffordable. Even older titles, considered classics, can cost more than someone bargained. Many turned to reading books online or downloading audio files because it’s a cheaper alternative to physical books. However, what about the population of readers who love to read from paperbacks and hardcovers? Thankfully, there are companies like Thriftbooks that make it possible to afford books.
Thriftbooks is like an animal shelter for books. The company collects slightly used books from libraries, storage units and other facilities to resell them for cheap prices. The company was started by two entrepreneurs in 2003 and increases in sales every year. It was run out of a storage unit in Seattle for a year before graduating to a warehouse that held 200,000 books to finally a larger warehouse capable of holding 1 million books. The company has also grown from Washington with facilities all over the country. Fans of this company helped it grow by buying books right away and raving about the quality.
Although they offer used books, the book condition is always described before making the purchase. Buyers can choose what level of condition they are willing to pay for. Even books in the “acceptable” category usually only have a few wears and tears. Thriftbooks offers a wide range of books from textbooks to Young Adult, to science fiction and classics. Every reader will find the perfect book for themselves on this site.
It’s officially the start to the holiday season, so it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s Eve plans. Looking to get out of the house but don’t want to be surrounded by crowds? Check out some of the events going on at LUMA Hotel Times Square.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Christmas is not a Mainland China holiday, but the residents of Guangzhou love to ring in the season. The port city on the Pearl River is full of foreigners who bring the joy of the festivities with them to the region, and Christmas has become a time for celebrating with loved ones in this part of China.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Literature lovers have the chance to explore book settings across Asia with new itineraries available through Insight Guides. Where might your literary-inspired travels take you? Here are five designations Insight Guides recommends for literary inspiration in Asia.