Sep 3, 2010

Read all the books you want for nothing

The interior of the Barnes & Noble located at ...Image via Wikipedia
My friend Jennifer* told me about a free activity she's been doing for the past few weeks. She goes to Barnes and Nobles, grabs a book, plops down and continues reading where she left off. She's been going consistently, reading the book solely at that location and just spending time there enjoying the book.

So, while reading at your local bookstore may seem like an obvious free activity at first, I think it possesses a few unique qualities.

1. Unlike a library that has a limited selection of new books, somewhere like Barnes & Noble has all the newly released and most popular books on its shelves. Here you can read all the best sellers, read Oprah's new one or skim through your favorite magazine.

2. B&N (or other similar bookstores) are large enough that you can sit and read without buying anything consistently and go unnoticed.

3. There are couches for goodness sake! They are basically inviting you to sit there and read all day. In fact, I'm pretty sure they want you to.

4. In a small way, you're actively fighting "the man". Sit on their couches, use their products and don't spend a dime. Feel good about yourself for this one.

5. You're reading - which is great for obtaining knowledge, improving your memory, and looking really smart.

Basically it's a win-win all around. So save your cash, hit the bookstore and get reading!

Look for more free/very cheap entertainment options to come.

*names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individual.
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  1. I did that once when I was travelling around Maui because it was raining so much, over the course of three days I polished off a book. The only downside is I enjoyed the book so much I ended up buying it, but from Amazon used.

  2. Yeah, we don't pay any attention to how long customers stay in our store. We've had people camp out in the travel aisle and plan entire vacations, open laptops and everything. Granted, we will talk about you behind your back if you do this, but we're not going to stop you.

  3. I have also done this, but only once and it was a short book. My problem is I like to note and underline stuff too much, which of course I would feel bad doing in books I don't own. Of course, books are often too expensive to constantly buy new, so if you are like me and enjoy dirtying up the pages just hit used book stores/sales (A lot of them actually have free books they are dying to get rid of.)


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