Books that would be best purchased in a print version?
January 4, 2011 8:24 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for books that would be best purchased in a print version, not borrowed from the library or bought on a Kindle.
posted by booksherpa to shopping (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
tl;dr Given that I own a Kindle and go to the library, what should I get with Barnes and Noble gift cards?
I received a number of Barnes and Noble gift cards for the holidays; about $100 worth. I also got a Kindle, which I plan to use to read books I want to keep, and which are cheaper as ebooks than print books. In addition, I've been trying to be better about borrowing books rather than buying them, if the reread possibility is low. So, with that in mind, what should I get with the gift cards to B&N?
I've considered buying books and donating them to some worthy cause, and may still, but would still like ideas for me.
My immediate thoughts were of cookbooks, knitting books, and graphic design books. But... I don't really cook (I'd like to, and learn more about cooking, but life is in the way right now), my knitting has lapsed (and was mostly scarves and hats anyway) and I haven't been a graphics person professionally for a long time and still have plenty of those books.
I read fantasy, business books, literary non-fiction, travel and food writing, and some self help. I get my lattes from an actual Starbucks and my music on iTunes. I don't buy DVDs or coffee table books. I'd be leery of trading it on gift card swap sites. Thought while writing this question - audio books might be a good use - suggestions?
I'm open to any number of ideas, and welcome suggestions in areas other than those I've mentioned, and ideas whose categories I may have rejected if you have a really good idea.