In defense of books
There are a lot of people out there who can live without books, but I'm just not one of them. And I'm betting most of you Read Streeters aren't, either.
So when I saw a backlash to the idea, I thought a compromise was in order: do we really need to either cut books out entirely or ignore our wallets and buy to our heart's content? I think not! Here are a few options for booklovers who can't stop reading, but can't afford the latest best-seller:
A membership to BookSwim will put you back $15 a month, but that's still cheaper than buying the hardcover. And if you really love it, there's an option to buy it for cheaper than you'd get at the book store.
E-books, many of which are available for free at sites like Project Gutenberg, can be read on your computer, your e-reader or even your smart phone.
Exchange a few unwanted books for new ones at PaperBack Swap, for the cost of shipping (generally less than $3 a package, according to the site).
And I'm sure many of you have other ingenius ways of saving money without sacrificing your bookshelves. Got any tips of your own?