In the age of e-readers and online bookstores, it can be easy to forget the joys of second-hand books. However there are plenty of reasons why you should consider buying second hand before you purchase a brand new book.


One of the most obvious benefits of buying second-hand books is their affordability. Used books are often significantly cheaper than their new counterparts, which means that you can stretch your reading budget further. This is especially beneficial if you are an avid reader and go through books quickly. In our Mixed Fiction Subscription boxes the cost per book is £3.75 including postage, saving you money on new books often priced at around £9 per book.

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Environmental Impact

Buying second-hand books also has a positive impact on the environment. Manufacturing new books is resource intensive and books are not always recycleable. Making the most out of books already in circulation is a great way to reduce the harm book production has on the environment.

Discovering Hidden Gems

Second-hand bookstores are a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Because they often have a diverse range of titles, you may stumble upon a book that you wouldn’t have found otherwise. This can lead to new literary discoveries and the opportunity to expand your reading horizons.

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Supporting Small Businesses

By shopping at second-hand bookstores, you are supporting local businesses and contributing to the local economy. Many second-hand bookstores are independently owned and operated, which means that your purchase directly supports the livelihood of the owner and their employees.

Nostalgia and History

There is something special about reading a book that has a history of its own. Second-hand books sometimes come with annotations, inscriptions, or even notes from previous owners. This can add a layer of nostalgia and history to the reading experience, making it feel like you are part of a larger literary tradition.

In conclusion, there are numerous benefits to reading second-hand books. From affordability and sustainability to discovering hidden gems and supporting local businesses, there are many reasons to seek out second-hand bookstores and markets. The next time you’re looking for a new book to read, why not check out your local second hand bookstore or our range of one-off book boxes and subscription options.