With screen time going through the roof, books are a welcome downtime away from phones and laptops

Monika Poppy gave us these fab tips for being sustainable, savvy and social with books.  

1) Borrow 

Go back to basics and check out your local public libraryBecome a member and all the books inside can be yours (for a limited time only)! If the library doesn’t have a book you want, the staff can order it in from another library nearby. Libraries do much more than physical books too; some have audiobooks available on apps, as well as printing, free internet and recycling points.  

Most libraries are still closed but have guides for registering as a member online. I know I’m going to be in the 6 foot spaced queue when they reopen!    

2) Buy second hand 

Is the latest page-turner going to burn a hole in your pocket? Getting a book pre-owned can cut the price tag dramatically. Search for secondhand stores online, or try the Booksellers’ Association’s search tool by selecting ‘Sellers of Second Hand Books’ to find nearby shops. If you’re less picky about what titles you pick up, most charity shops have a wall or two of pre-loved books, so whatever you find will be a surprise! You can also order secondhand books online, from websites such as Ebay, Depop and the World of Books, an online second-hand book seller that has B-Corp credentials.  

3) Gift and share 

We love Monika Poppy’s idea of posting books on to friends, it can keep you in touch even if you’re apart. Why not take this to the next level, and start a book club? Get a group of pals to pick a good book and send it on to someone, when they’re done, send it on to the next person – this way you can read a hand-picked selection for just the price of postage.   

4) Community book sharing 

Are you an avid reader with lots of novels to shareIf you’ve wondered what a street store for books would look like, look no further than Little Free Libraries. These cupboards-meet-bookstores are where neighbours and passers-by can swap books by ‘leafing’ one behind while taking one to go. Apparently 92% of people surveyed felt these tiny swap stores made their neighbourhood a friendlier place. The website has a guide for setting up your own mini-library and how to keep the books safe and dry.  

P.S Why do I like to escape the real world by reading in the back of a wardrobe? Narnia business! 

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