I don’t know if I’m the only person who has figured this little trick out, but I thought I’d share how I use my iPhone to save lots of money on books…
When I am at a bookstore (which is quite common, actually) and see a book that I think I’d like to read, but am not particularly enthused about paying $20-$30 for a copy of my own, I use my iPhone to take a photo of the book cover. Like this:
Then, when I get home…
… I bring up the book cover image on my phone, log in to my local public library and search for the title. If they have it (and they almost always do), then I can request a hold for free.
When it shows up and is on the hold shelf for me, I get an email from the library letting me know and then have three weeks to read it from when I pick it up. Then someone else can enjoy it.
Net cost: $0.00.
What I most like about it is that I can easily make the buy or borrow decision while knowing that I’m not going to miss out on great new works of literature or drown in stacks of books or have to buy new bookshelves every few weeks.
So, am I alone in doing this, or are there other folk who use this sort of approach as an easy way to keep up on books without going bankrupt?