Tips for compulsive book collectors 


Stick to a budget: Understand that you’ll blow it from time to time.

Trade off your vices: Buy more books, spend less on clothes, beer, cigarettes, whatever.

Recycle: Used bookstores and thrift stores stretch your book-buying dollars.

Share: The more you share your books with others, the more room you have for more books.

Barter: Often, used bookstores let you trade in books that you’ve read or are no longer interested in, which could net you store credit or even a direct trade.

Be proud: Of all things to be addicted to, books are perhaps the most noble.

Alisa Gordaneer is MT features editor. E-mail

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