April 23 marks World Book Day with a view to drawing attention to the importance of books and literature in the evolution of societies. Considering the average income of Portuguese families, buying books is not always easy, but there are many ways to read at low cost or for free, gaining good reading habits. Today we leave you tips to do it and to encourage the younger ones.
World Book Day has been celebrated since 1996 and by decision of UNESCO, on 23 April. It is a symbolic date for literature, as important writers such as Cervantes and Shakespeare, among others, disappeared on this day. The idea for the celebration originated in Catalonia: on April 23, Saint George’s Day, a rose is offered to anyone who buys a book. More recently, exchanging a rose for a book has become a tradition in many countries around the world.
Today we leave you ideas that serve the whole year, for you and the family. A book is a friend, a way to travel without a passport, the simplest way to learn, to have access to new ideas, to gain general knowledge; a way to be free, informed and a more conscious citizen, a way to stimulate creativity, mental health and one of the best forms of entertainment. Follow these ideas:
Buy low-cost books: a good solution to save money is to buy from second-hand booksellers (both physical and online) and low-cost private websites, which nowadays sell at nice prices on social networks. Just start exploring, for example, Instagram accounts dedicated to selling good books among individuals and you will be in for a nice surprise. It also has the classic sites, like OLX. As with everything, there are some pages with much better offers than others, so stay tuned.
Join public libraries and foundations: another fundamental instrument of access to culture and entertainment are public libraries. Currently, any municipality has one or several: join the one in your area. You can order books, CDs or DVDs at zero cost and enjoy their cultural activities and workshops when possible. In addition to the network of public libraries, Portugal also has institutions such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which provided online dozens of titles from its editorial collection that can be downloaded for free. There are several other sites that offer free books for download, such as the Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda, the Wikisource project or the Open Library.
Exchange books: this is one of the most interesting ways of being able to read more and that, a few decades ago, was common practice. Exchanging books and reading tips with friends, family and colleagues is always a good idea. In Portugal it is not very popular, but now there are sites to do so, such as Winkingbooks or pt.bookmooch.com, free book exchange platforms that have points systems.
Discover and support bookstores and their promotions: it’s important to support the bookstore business because we are supporting knowledge, culture and authors – the foundation of a society, in essence. We know that we cannot always do this, but being aware of discounts and campaigns, having the store card and accumulating points is important. Especially remember the local and neighborhood bookstores, which are ‘extinct’ because it is difficult to live in an economy of scale, but they are essential for people’s quality of life and for the diversity of supply.
Frequent Reading Clubs: book clubs are a way to ‘force’ yourself a little to read in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You will meet new books and authors, find a natural book exchange network and meet people with the same literary interests. Only advantages.
Opt for the digital/ebook version and download free versions: reading on a screen is not ideal, but it is part of our lives. Although it doesn’t have exactly the same effect, looking for the digital/ebook version of a book is a good way to save on books, as they are usually much cheaper, not to mention the thousands of free downloadable versions spread across the Internet. .
Buy online and 2nd hand online: It is usual for book prices to be a little lower online. Even better if you pay attention to campaigns without shipping and special discounts. Second-hand books are online in a more organized way on sites like Trade Stories, for example. There are many second-hand booksellers who have also migrated to online and there is also the movement of solidarity bookstores, another excellent offer.
Go to book fairs: the book fairs that exist all over the place, and throughout the year, are ideal spaces to enjoy discounted books. They help to foster a love for books in the youngest and to enjoy a few hours well spent, with cultural activities for the whole family.
Follow children’s bookstores, children’s publishers and cultural activities for kids: for the younger ones, who are usually a preoccupation in terms of reading, there are several publications such as Happy Kids or Estrelas e Ouriços, apart from the websites of newspapers and general information magazines, which always refer to activities related to the book. Also remember children’s publishers with seasonal campaigns and bookstores only dedicated to children.
Tell children stories: one of the great stimuli to human development is the fact that parents or educators are concerned about reading stories to the youngest, and they start when children are still very young, maintaining this habit throughout childhood. It is important to play, vary and even dramatize the readings, making this moment a good entertainment too. This will stimulate them, make them better readers and students. Also be an example as a reader, because we learn best by example. If your children or students see you reading regularly, and if there are books in your house, you will be giving them precious help for the future.
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