The library saved me so much $$$ in 2019 | BookTube

I know we’re well into 2020, but I recently discovered a BookTuber named iLivieforbooks that has captioned videos, and I’ve been binge watching them. I saw one video that Livvie did at the end of last year, and thought that I’d love to know this too. I’ll link here, and you can probably guess what it was, based on the title. She basically took a look at how much money she saved by using all of the resources the library had to offer. The libraries Livvie used have amazing resources, like tablets you can rent for a few hours, camera equipment, and more. Both of the libraries that I have access to are in small towns, so they have more limited resources, but they still have so many great books.

In today’s video, I’m going to go over all of the books that I read in 2019. First, I’ll tell you about the books that I already owned or bought. Then the books that I got from the library… And those I read and finished in a bookstore. The pricing for everything is based on Amazon list prices, so it may not be exactly how much I or the library spent, but it gives you a pretty good idea.

In 2019, I read a total of 126 books, but two of those were rereads, so that’s 124 individual books. I either already owned or bought 35 books, which makes 83 books from the library, and 3 I read in one sitting in a bookstore.

For the 35 books I owned, I know whether I bought them new, used, or got for free. For the new ones, I used the list prices. For the used ones, I tried my best to remember how much I paid for each book, but it’s not exact. I won’t be counting the cost of the 12 free books, because I either got them from friends, my family, a Little Free Library, or it was a free download. So for the remaining 23 books, I spent about $280.41. Dividing that amount makes it come to an average of $12.19 each book, which isn’t too bad! Seriously, if you don’t buy used, you are MISSING out.

The three books I finished while in the book store were all short ones, but that still came to a total of $67.97 saved!

Now, for the 83 books I got from the library! A large majority of these were physical books from two different libraries, but some of these were either ebooks or digital graphic novels. Again, I used list price to calculate the final total and that would be a whopping $1,799.48 that I saved by going to the library! For real, I don’t understand people who are readers and say, “Oh, I don’t use the library. I buy my books!” Like that makes them superior somehow. News flash: it doesn’t. Why would you *not* want to save money?? Especially when you read a lot, like I do.

The library is just a fantastic resource for everybody. Not all libraries are the same of course, but check out what your library has to offer. You might be surprised! That’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed this video. Let me know if there’s anything you want to see from me!

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Published by Rogan Shannon

Hello there! I'm Rogan, a queer deaf guy who has a passion for leadership and advocacy. I create YouTube videos about a lot of different topics - being deaf, queer, reading, language, and whatever else interests me!

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