How to buy books (Novels) at cheap rates?

How to buy books (Novels) at cheap rates?

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I’m looking for Sidney Sheldon’s books.
I’ve searched OLX and other e-commerce websites. Prices are bit expensive to my liking. Though I know it’s justifiable but still I’m looking for cheaper alternatives.
I don’t want ebooks and I don’t like reading in a screen.
Hardcopies only.

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If you are ok with knock offs, you can find them cheap at most of the railway stations (at least I have seen them at Mysore, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Jaipur railway stations)

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become member of a library

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Harish.agarwal wrote:

Buy kindle

He specifically said “I don’t want ebooks and I don’t like reading in a screen.”

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Wontdisplaymyname wrote:

He specifically said “I don’t want ebooks and I don’t like reading in a screen.”

you know how many trees are cut to make books

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Harish.agarwal wrote:

you know how many trees are cut to make books

Please. At least for once don’t object on things.
Just for once

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Snikeus wrote:

If you are ok with knock offs, you can find them cheap at most of the railway stations (at least I have seen them at Mysore, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Jaipur railway stations)

How cheap? Can you give an estimate in PM?

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OnlineLootera wrote:

Kolkata

You are in Kolkata and not heard of College Street? You will get all forms of second hand books there. You can even rent a book (buy and then return within a defined time and get a guaranteed price).
The next best option after College Street is Gariahat-Gol Park

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Just to clear things, cheap means you are looking for discounts on MRP or can manage with the replicas/ seconds also? And how many of them you want?

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OnlineLootera wrote:

How cheap? Can you give an estimate in PM?

You can get those books easily for 100-150

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panchabhut wrote:

You are in Kolkata and not heard of College Street? You will get all forms of second hand books there. You can even rent a book (buy and then return within a defined time and get a guaranteed price).
The next best option after College Street is Gariahat-Gol Park

I know college Street.
I didn’t know about the return policy thing. How does this work? Since most shops doesn’t seem organized enough for this.

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deb3l wrote:

Just to clear things, cheap means you are looking for discounts on MRP or can manage with the replicas/ seconds also? And how many of them you want?

I actually don’t mind reading second hand books.
I’m not a ardent reader actually. Just trying to replace “Phone time” with reading.
I was thinking of starting with Sidney Sheldon, Jhumpa Lehri, Dan brown, Amish Tripathi.

Also, it’s not like I want a specific number of books. I just want to get started.
I’ve read some books and understood that I can only read Hardcopies but I cannot afford to buy each for 250 and above (Average price in Amazon)

That is why I was looking for a regular source.

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For first time, I would suggest you to go and get a new book from Amazon. It would make you more comfortable reading it once you able to get this complete you gradually get into second hand copies. As most of people do all tan-trams in starting to just offset the time. smiling_imp

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OnlineLootera wrote:

I actually don’t mind reading second hand books.
I’m not a ardent reader actually. Just trying to replace “Phone time” with reading.
I was thinking of starting with Sidney Sheldon, Jhumpa Lehri, Dan brown, Amish Tripathi.

Also, it’s not like I want a specific number of books. I just want to get started.
I’ve read some books and understood that I can only read Hardcopies but I cannot afford to buy each for 250 and above (Average price in Amazon)

That is why I was looking for a regular source.

You could max read 1 book in week time, 250*4=1000, and That’s really not hefty to get this. Priority should be you get more-n-more habitual to it.

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Harish.agarwal wrote:

you know how many trees are cut to make books

There is no adverse effect of mobile radiations?

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ModMod wrote:

For first time, I would suggest you to go and get a new book from Amazon. It would make you more comfortable reading it once you able to get this complete you gradually get into second hand copies. As most of people do all tan-trams in starting to just offset the time. smiling_imp

Yes. You’re right.
But well I’ve started and I have 3-4 books ahead of me.
The Shiva Trilogy and Siddhartha.
Thanks anyways smile

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Try to make a book reader circle with your neighbours & friends. Start exchanging books with one another and present summary after reading 😊 That ways you’ll save money as well as read more books. And summarising and discussing will give you each other’s perspective. Anyways, talk around, Bengalis are known as great bibliophiles; for sure u will get more books than you can read for free.

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saucap wrote:

Try to make a book reader circle with your neighbours & friends. Start exchanging books with one another and present summary after reading 😊 That ways you’ll save money as well as read more books. And summarising and discussing will give you each other’s perspective. Anyways, talk around, Bengalis are known as great bibliophiles; for sure u will get more books than you can read for free.

Yes. I’m doing this only.
The only issue is I’m not a Bengali and my friend circle have no Bengali’s. Most of my friends don’t read.
But yeah. I’ve found few places now to buy/exchange books.

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OnlineLootera wrote:

I know college Street.
I didn’t know about the return policy thing. How does this work? Since most shops doesn’t seem organized enough for this.

This is more prevalent at Gol park but some second hand book sellers at College Street also function on this model. You would not get this in shops and have to go to the footpath vendors only. When you are buying the book, also ask them what will be the return price if you return within defined time, normally a week or 15 days. The put a special pencil marking to identify that the book has been given by them.
For US fictions, you can also become a member of the American Center and Library at just 300/yr. Besides books, you will also get to borrow DVDs, journals and attend special events with the same membership. You can borrow upto 8 books/Journals and 1 DVD at a time. you can also read any number of books while sitting within the center.

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2nd hand / 2nd prints costs very less.. Golpark area has got quite a few shops catering to this (get them at 30rs/50rs).

Free school street/college street/esplanade also has such shops on footpath. Since Sidney Sheldon is a very popular author, you’ll get the books easily.

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OnlineLootera wrote:

Kolkata

If your purchase is in 4 figures or more, buy a ticket to Delhi for reaching Sunday early norning and return. Go to Daryaganj Sunday market near old Delhi station or Lal Qila. You will get cheapest books in world here. Price per kilo for whatever you select not in quantity. Plenty of youtube videos can suggest you from where to buy and in morning there is roadside market which is so cheap which you can’t even imagine.

I have bought RS Aggarwal maths and reasoning for 2 rs, 23 hindi cult novels for 17 rs, wordpower made easy for 1 re and what not. During my MBA entrance preparation I purchased 3 coaching institute notes and test series (old versions) for 700 bucks which costs about 60k from institute. List is long, I keep going there once in a year to fill library. wink

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marketdimer wrote:

If your purchase is in 4 figures or more, buy a ticket to Delhi for reaching Sunday early norning and return. Go to Daryaganj Sunday market near old Delhi station or Lal Qila. You will get cheapest books in world here. Price per kilo for whatever you select not in quantity. Plenty of youtube videos can suggest you from where to buy and in morning there is roadside market which is so cheap which you can’t even imagine.

I have bought RS Aggarwal maths and reasoning for 2 rs, 23 hindi cult novels for 17 rs, wordpower made easy for 1 re and what not. During my MBA entrance preparation I purchased 3 coaching institute notes and test series (old versions) for 700 bucks which costs about 60k from institute. List is long, I keep going there once in a year to fill library. wink

I cannot go to Delhi but I’m amazed. 1rs, 2rs?🙈
Are you sure it’s not typo?

Btw right now I’m also giving interviews for b-school. So just out of curiosity, which b-school are you from?🙈

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Snikeus wrote:

If you are ok with knock offs, you can find them cheap at most of the railway stations (at least I have seen them at Mysore, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Jaipur railway stations)

OP
you seem to have never tried the exchange/rent mechanism
like panchabhut and others explained, it is very simple.
and in most cities, not just at stations but in dedicated flea markets or shops even near posh malls have legal copies going through rent/exchange.
and you might be underestimating their knowledge, savviness or stocks
one should ignore the general appearance or image of the surroundings.
they often don’t reflect on the calibre of a person.
those sellers, even kids peddling books on signals or under flyovers are well aware of the trends or can give as good recommendations as Kindle/Alexa do.
and Jaipur, Kolkata type places are historical hubs for publishing and book lovers.
i still remember, in childhood (pre internet era) the local translations of most Russian/ Ukrainian children’s tales were books published or printed via Jaipur or Kolkata vendors
(Raduga and Mir, both ended up letting their Indian vendor partners setup or run their Indian offices in Jaipur).
not that i should be advicing someone looking forward to do PG studies soon, but i feel.. that looking at your calibre/interests.. you are above Sidney Sheldon, Mills and Boons type stuff.
apologies if i overshot the.mandate with my previous line.
Kolkata (like other metros) also must often get the traveling exhibitors who import discarded or given away books and sell them by weight, so you should look out for them too.
as those ‘books by the kilo’ type sales usually have a very good mix and match of categories and one can even get practically new stuff.
i once got a pictorial encyclopaedia with a gift not on it from the parent, but it was dated 17-18 years back from the day i purchased it.
i still wonder if the kid grew up and discarded old books or the family donated them or what.
why those reference books, ended up on a container ship to India and ultimately got sold by the importer or their customer/ the exhibition.. to us at 110-120Rs per kg (or maybe it was less. dictionaries/ reference books were priced differently. normal books used to be less than 100Rs per kg.. back then)

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marketdimer wrote:

If your purchase is in 4 figures or more, buy a ticket to Delhi for reaching Sunday early norning and return. Go to Daryaganj Sunday market near old Delhi station or Lal Qila. You will get cheapest books in world here. Price per kilo for whatever you select not in quantity. Plenty of youtube videos can suggest you from where to buy and in morning there is roadside market which is so cheap which you can’t even imagine.

I have bought RS Aggarwal maths and reasoning for 2 rs, 23 hindi cult novels for 17 rs, wordpower made easy for 1 re and what not. During my MBA entrance preparation I purchased 3 coaching institute notes and test series (old versions) for 700 bucks which costs about 60k from institute. List is long, I keep going there once in a year to fill library. wink

New delhi station is nearer than old delhi railway station for daryaganj book market.

Delhi Gate Metro (Gate number 3) is the best option for anyone coming here. It opens bang into the main book market.

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