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I am guessing that most people reading this have a good supply of books.

And that every new personal development book that comes out sends you into a tailspin looking round at pre-release sites and asking is it serialised in a magazine, newspaper or website.

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why?

I am pretty sure that if I came round to your house, there would be several books you hadn't read. Probably still in the plastic bag.

Next time you are on Amazon, head to the homepage of a book you know. Pretty sure there will be several options to buy.

New – shipped by Amazon. And then several new/used options – from third-party sellers.

If a book is that good – why are you selling it?

To earn its place on your bookshelf, your books should have a cracked spine, marker pen and pencil all over key sections. In short, they should be well read.

Blinding flash of the obvious. Buying a book doesn't automatically make the contents drip into your head. You need to read it.

What is the opposite of this charge to get new books?

Your local public library is free. (Well, here in the UK, we pay for them via our local taxes but they are free at the point of use). So you might as well use them.

OK, they might not have the latest blockbuster but guess what?

They are only SO MANY ways you can invent the wheel. Old books are the place to hang out if you want to find really FUNKY ideas.

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Jonathan Senior

Jonathan Senior is the founder of Funky Thinkers - Thought-provoking interactions…delivering a lifetime of insights!

  • Great ideas Jonathan. I use the library all the time, have an app on my phone that links to it. I’ve read thousands of books but there are only a few handfuls on my bookshelf, mostly signed ones where I know the author so they have some sentimental value. The old is certainly forever new, most new books are just repeating the same information in a little different format in my experience, but still worth reading if I can get one or two ideas from the book.

    • Don – Funnily enough, A new idea for a video came to mind while I was writing this. Our local library puts its catalogue online. I just use it like a search engine. If they have something I want, I order it and when it arrives, they send me an email and I go and collect. ALL FREE. FUNKY or what?

      • I do the same thing. Just walk up to the counter and grab it, or pull it up on my phone using Hoopla or Overdrive. But shhh…stop giving away all our secrets. I get a few pennies any time someone orders something off Amazon for one of our books of the month :). It probably buys me a soda every month or two :).

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