When downloading books illegally is the only way you can get them ¯\_(ツ)_/ ¯
I get that. I’ve been in that position, I’ve downloaded books illegally, because I didn’t see any other option and I didn’t realise how much this hurt the authors. However, in the years on Tumblr and getting more involved in the writing/reading/publishing world, I found out how wrong I was in what I was doing. Writing is not a high paying job as it is, and by pirating books, we’re doing so, so much damage.
I’m leaving some links here for places where you can get books online legally (I don’t know how many of them actually still work, because the posts I got them from are pretty old, but it’s worth a try):
Also, most cities have a public library - use it! Libraries are a godsend and more people should be making use of them. Borrow from friends/relatives. Save up for book sales. There are always options if you’re willing to commit to it.
Here are thousands of reasons why you should check out your local library book sales. They were selling books by the inch today (measured in height). They were shocked when I brought up two bags full and it was 57″ of books! And yes, almost all of them will be giveaway books for y’all. :D
Your recent half price paper back books post reminded me of a used cute book store in a Evanston, Illinois, USA called "Market Fresh Books." They sell "deli style" by the pound :)
Haha, that’s fantastic! Glad you enjoyed that post. I’ve seen some library book sales that charge by the pound (“deli style,” as you said)… and some that measure stacks by the inch (um, “porno style”?). ;D
Ohessa muutama kuva viime vuonna sitomastani uniikista luonnoskirjasta, joka on tällä hetkellä myynnissä kaupassani. Kirjan kansinahkaan on painettu pythonkuvio, jota koristaa rytminen rei'itys. Etukannen syrjässä on lisäksi kanteen upotettu puolikuun muotoinen messinkipala. Kirjassa on musta satiininen kirjanmerkkinauha ja se sisältää 160 sivua luonnonvalkoista Munken Pure -paperia, joka on Arctic Paperin valmistama sileä, FSC-sertifioitu paperi. Munken Pure sopii kirjoittamisen lisäksi erinomaisen hyvin myös luonnosteluun ja kevyeen piirtämiseen. (x)
I’m looking to sell my used Japanese textbooks at low prices. They’re all used– some very thoroughly, some hardly at all. Let me run down the Details.
Intermediate Japanese (amazon.com link here) PRICE: $7 The textbook is entirely in Japanese. Recommended for level N4~N3 learners. (Each chapter contains a vocab list, essay/short story, and grammar exercises. A newer edition of this book exists. There is no answer key included.)
Kanji Master N3 (amazon.com link here) PRICE: $6 The textbook is entirely in Japanese, but I have handwritten the definitions of every kanji. I recommend erasing all my answers for the activity part before working on it. I did not use the first half of the book. The second half has my handwriting is in either pencil or erasable Frixon pen. (The pen ink will erase with heat– you can produce heat by rubbing with an eraser quickly, or using a hairdryer.) There is an answer key at the back of the book so it’s suitable for self-study.
Kanji Master N2 (amazon.com link here) PRICE: $4 The textbook is entirely in Japanese, but I have handwritten the definitions of every kanji. I recommend erasing all my answers for the activity part before working on it.
My handwriting in either pencil or erasable Frixon pen. (The pen ink will erase with heat– you can produce heat by rubbing with an eraser quickly, or using a hairdryer.) There is an answer key at the back of the book so it’s suitable for self-study.
Kanji Master N1 (amazon.com link here) PRICE: $7 The textbook is entirely in Japanese, so you will need to look up every kanji and write the definitions in English (or your native language) on your own. I started the book but only did about 2 pages, so I will erase them before shipping. You may be able to see some slight markings.
There is an answer key at the back of the book so it’s suitable for self-study.
Advanced Japanese (amazon.com link here) PRICE: $7
The textbook is entirely in Japanese. Recommended for level upperN3 ~ N2 learners. (Each chapter contains a vocab list, essay/short story, and grammar exercises. A newer edition of this book exists. There is no answer key included.)
These books are meant for people who are studying for the N1 and want an organized attack plan. So, of course, this series is recommended for people who have already passed N2. (Each book has an answer key at the back, it is designed for self-study.)
Now, I have written in ALL of these books. I always use pencil or erasable pen, so it is possible to remove all my writing. I erased all of my writing in the vocab book, but ran out of time to do the rest. I’ll tell you the approximate percent of each book that I used. Kanji (87% written), Vocab (ALL ERASED), Grammar (87% written), Listening (57% written), Reading (67% written).
Each of these books retails for about 15 dollars (so about 75 dollars for all together), but since they are used and will require time for erasing them all, I’m selling them for very cheap.
I’m selling them as a PACKAGE for $25.
JLPT N1 Official Practice Test Book (amazon link) PRICE: $3 One mock test that you can take at home (includes both sections of the test and information on how long each section should be.) Includes a CD for the listening test. I forgot I had this book and never used it. So it’s in NEW condition.
White Rabbit Press Volume 3 Flashcards (amazon link) PRICE: $50 895 advanced Kanji flashcards. I recommend these to advanced learners– people who have passed N2 or so. The box has some scratches but all the cards are in very good condition. The box is very heavy so the shipping will be expensive (Rough estimate: 19 USD to Asia, 22 USD to N. America and Europe, 33 USD to S. America, etc) – That’s why the price is quite low compared to what you can find on amazon.
Look, I set these prices as the minimum that I’d like to get, but I am a reasonable person. I realize that international shipping is very expensive and that some people prefer digital books, etc. If you’re buying more than one book, especially, I’m willing to talk about discounts.
HOWEVER, I am not interested in selling to hoarders/re-sellers. I would like these books go to learners who plan to use them soon or immediately– not people with pipe dreams of someday learning Japanese. These are NOT introductory books and are not suitable for people with no learning experience.
PLEASE CONTACT email@example.com if you’re interested!
about anon asking if they're millionaires: I think it's interesting that with the structure and personal-ness of youtube, people forget that they are still making their living in the entertainment industry and of course are making boatloads of money
Yeah I think people really want to preserve the idea that Dan and Phil do youtube just because they love doing youtube, or that they do livestreams because they want to be open and honest with the audience.
Over on IDB, @europeansoul did a conservative estimate of how much they make per liveshow (based on what we can see people spend) and it came out to a minimum of 5k per liveshow (link). Based on public financial figures we know that just from 2015-2016 they made around 300k each from merch (and that was not accounting for most of TATINOF merch sales since most of the stage show didn’t fall in that time frame). That isn’t counting what they used to make from the radio show, book sales twice over, tickets to their show while that was happening, or whatever their cut of the youtube red doc/tour videos were initially and whatever their cut is now. And I’d be stunned if they did a spon deal like Tinder on their main channels for less than six figures each, plus they do smaller spon deals on the gaming channel.
All of that comes on top of youtube ad revenue itself. They’re loaded. This is a job to them, it’s a business and they are absolutely crushing it in terms of profitability.
I see a lot of posts on tumblr that imply borrowing a book from a library is less supportive of the author than buying it outright and I would like to offer a few unsolicited thoughts as to why that’s not true:
Every book in a public library has to earn its spot on the shelf. If no one checks it out, then it will be weeded from the collection to make way for a book that will circulate. So, if you check out a book, you’ve just given it a much a better chance at being there for someone else to discover!
A recently returned book is more likely to be propped up as a display in the tiny nooks around the library. Every shelver loves an empty display space because it means they can quickly get rid of several books. A book on display is more likely to catch someone’s eye and on and on!
You might not be able to tell this just by looking at the shelves, but when a book first comes out from an author, the library often buys several copies and based on how many people have reserved the title and how heavily it circulates, they might buy even more copies! Also, when purchasing a new title from an established author, many librarians will look at the circ stats of the author’s other books and will use that as a guide for how many copies to buy of the new book. In case you didn’t know, libraries buy a lot of books - we make up a huge portion of the book sales market.
Many people use the library as a way to discover new authors. It’s a risk-free investment and helps them experiment with a lot of different titles that they wouldn’t be able to if they had to buy all of them. And if they really love an author, they might become a life-long fan who will buy their books for years to come, all because of kismet at the library.
If you check out the book at the library, your librarian can make a better case for inviting the author to come to the library for an event for which they can get paid! This is especially true for lesser-known authors.
In conclusion, borrowing a book from the library is a wonderful thing to do. It helps make sure other people have access to that book in the future, creating an ever-wider audience for the author.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy books, I’m just saying, borrowing books from the library has just as many positive effects and you don’t ever have to feel bad that you’re somehow not supporting an author by borrowing their book instead of buying it. :)
Born in 1880 (a time where medicine concluded that women’s brains were directly connected to their ovaries) Dr Marie Stopes was one of the first women to publish work arguing that marriage should be an equal relationship between the sexes. Her most famous work, “Married Love” was published in 1918 and despite the 750,000 sales the US customs banned the book as obscene until 1931 probably because it threatened the patriarchy which did not yet believe in female sexual pleasure, intellectual stimulation, creativity, and equality.
Stopes received a bombardment of written letters from disenchanted housewives looking for solidarity, justification for their desires and advice immediately after publication, all which show a feeling of repressed frustration in their marriage. Published after the war, many housewives who had previously taken jobs in the public service were now forced back into the domestic, and this boredom dominates the tone of the letters.
An obvious pioneer towards equality, research and education into sexuality Stopes was making many women question their ‘partnerships’ as their husbands returned from the war.
“Today, particularly in the middle classes in this country, marriage is far less happy than its surface appears. Too many who marry are expecting joy are bitterly disappointed; and the demand for ‘freedom’ grows; while those who cry aloud are generally unaware that it is more likely to have been their own ignorance than the ‘marriage-bond’ which was the origin of their unhappiness.” (Married Love pg 29)
Stopes had many sexual partners, and detailed her experiences on charts and graphs correlating the likes of facial hair to noisiness during intercourse. She was also the first to link women’s sexual desire coincides with ovulation and the period right before menstruation.
She founded the first birth control clinic in Britain, which is why today many of the services offering sexual health services are named after her.