I enjoy reading books because they help me grow in my love and knowledge of God. Reading has helped me grow as a child of God as I've i. engaged with brothers and sisters today and from the past; and ii. tried to imitate Bereans in Acts 17 "examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so."
I've been working on my collection of books for several years now. This post is about sharing a new tip for buying books. But before I get there, a word of warning: beware consumerism. Just because you're buying books - even Christian books - doesn't absolve you from the dangers of consumerism. Be careful how/why you buy (cf. this).
So, here is my tip: If you're buying books online, check out Booko. Booko is an Australian site that tries to find the best price for books and DVDs. You just search for the book you're after e.g. Jesus and the God of Israel by Richard Bauckham. Booko will then list the various place where you could buy this book online, and their price (including delivery):
You then click on the outlet you want and...well, it's as easy as that. Jesus and the God of Israel came in at just over $30 on my perpetual favourite, Book Depository. The same book is $44.95 at Moore Books and $47.95 at Koorong.
So, that's my tip to save yourself money when you buy books online. Of course, it doesn't always work. When I searched for John Stott's Cross of Christ, Moore Books was almost 50% cheaper than the cheapest outlet Booko could find. And of course, nothing actually compares to the sensory experience of walking into Moore Books, Berkelouw, Kinokuniya or Goulds: the sight, touch and smell of books. Which is, incidentally, why I've haven't switched to soft books.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. - Anna Quindlen
h/t dirving for recommending Booko. Update: I just noticed that Steve has also blogged about this recently.