I mentioned in my last post that these days I spend most of the time with books. I choose best of the best books to entertain and engage myself. I started by ordering books from Amazon. Either that or I would buy kannada books from Total kannada which is in Jayanagar.
Every other day a delivery person would come to my house to deliver books. My parents were like what is going on? How much are you ordering?
Buying each and every book costed me heavily. After few months I realised I’m spending overly on the books. Especially now that I’m not earning, I thought twice before binge ordering.
I discovered there’s an online-library rental service called Just books. But I felt the membership cost is a little high. And not all books that I desired to read were available there.
I knew there is a shop in MG road for second hand books, the Blossom book House. They sell second hand books for half the price. I ordered few books from that shop. I wanted to go personally but due to COVID situation I hesitated to step out of the house. This was one of the options I figured out to curtail my expenditure.
But there are very few kannada books at Blossom book House. I thought of becoming a library member. The libraries here are not like in US. We don’t have a good library system in every County or locality. Also I preferred buying books rather than becoming a library member because I can read at my own pace without any body having to recall the book. Many a times I have half completed the book because I couldn’t renew.
The nearest library to my house is City Central library in South end circle which is 6 km away. I went and got a member ship form. But commuting became a problem because I rely on public transport mostly auto-rickshaw. Even after it has been 2 years since I returned from US, I regret to inform that I have got no own transport. I calculated the commuting cost and realised it was as good as buying a book.
So there I was unaware what to do?
One day I visited my aunt’s house on some occasion. My cousin, that is my aunt’s daughter had come. She is an avid reader. She suggested me a work around which I’m sure many are doing but I was late to discover.
She is a Kindle reader. She suggested me few of the free websites from where she downloads the e-books and pushes to her Kindle.
All these years I always read the physical book. Somehow I was not convinced to read the e-format. The joy of reading from the physical book is very different. You hold the book, you smell the pages, feel the texture of the pages and have the joy of actually reading. I had tried earlier to read e-books from laptop but it didn’t give me much satisfaction.
But this time I accepted her suggestion with an open mind mainly because it was economical. I went on and downloaded few books from the website and read on laptop. This was just to experiment as to how I feel. Surprisingly I was more comfortable than I thought.
This gave me the confidence to order a Kindle. I ordered the basic model and it was delivered the very next day thanks to my Amazon prime membership. Now I have read many books on kindle at least a 10 so far and I’m loving Kindle.
Unfortunately Kindle doesn’t support my mother tongue kannada. But at least I can save a bit on English books.
Kindle is definitely a great option for those who read a lot and want to save some money. The screen actually feels like paper. The device is light weight. The screen is a little small but it’s ok manageable.
Below is a link which has the websites where you can find and download free e-books: