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    Residents' Book Exchange or Loan Club

    I am an avid reader - I read anything - even when I am waiting to see the doctor or whatever, I must read something, whether its the newspaper, magazines or anything that I can lay my hands on.

    I buy a lot of books - about 2-3 each month - and I have realised that these books which have been more expensive than any other parts of the world, are getting much more costlier these days.

    Today I bought a book Meinkampf by Adolf Hitler at the MPH and it costs me MYR104.90! Its not even hardcover, its a paperback edition, for Godsake....

    Even the book Blue Ocean Strategy, a hardcover, was MYR102! I checked and it was only SGD28.00 at Borders in Singapore.

    What is going on? Is it high taxes and import duty or are the book and stationery retailers having a cartel of some sort and keep margins high?

    How can we have a learned society if books are that costly? How can we encourage our people to read if they tax highly on books? Whats going on, anybody know?

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    i've been off hard copies of books for very many years now. Only books I read are e-books and on my palm pda. Since the books are*ahem* *ahem*, it's all free... Very convenient to carry 100 plus books on 1 pda...

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    Quote Originally Posted by trex92
    i've been off hard copies of books for very many years now. Only books I read are e-books and on my palm pda. Since the books are*ahem* *ahem*, it's all free... Very convenient to carry 100 plus books on 1 pda...
    I suppose you're below 45 coz you can still read well from a PDA... I used to do that but now I get tired and sleepy easily especially when I read from the PDA on the plane...

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    i borrow from the public library it's the only way. but of course, the titles are limited but what to do, the other alternative is to borrow from friends anyway, i am also having to deal with another problem....what to do with books i buy after reading them...only some are keepers

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    I am also a bookworm. I used to order from amazon.com.

    Reasons are:

    1. Fast delivery 2 weeks instead of 2 months (by local bookshops)

    2. Cheaper in price than local bookshops.

    3. Reliable

    Try ordering online.

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    Ya lor, books so expensive nowadays, bleeding.

    Do you think is a brilliant idea that we set up a library here? we may list out the books that we all have & could borrow or exchange with whoever wanted to read! We can even promote reading here!

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    I think I read many years back they peg the books to currency exchange but NOT at the interbank rates we're exposed to. The rates are MUCH MUCH HIGHER. I don't know the reasons. I stand corrected.
    Sentinel: Some years ago, I bought Herman Goering's Biography by David Irving from a seller in Ebay. Cost me over US$10 only. BTW, if you like to have the pdf version ,here's the link:
    http://www.fpp.co.uk/books/Goering/index.html

    I think that pdf book is public domain, AFAIK.
    But your fact is ABSOLUTELY TRUE, Books so EXPENSIVE...how leh?...
    I think our younger generation hardly read books nowadays, let alone buy them.

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    I read alot... then, I can claim income tax up to RM1000. One year I spend Rm2000+ for the whole family! both wifey and I claim...

    Daughter also a avid reader...

    What to do.... National Library is so darn far....

    Notebook or PC is too bright and very tiring to my eyes.... also too heavy to read on the bed of sofa...

    PDA too small.... and battery doesnt last...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chanelt
    Ya lor, books so expensive nowadays, bleeding.

    Do you think is a brilliant idea that we set up a library here? we may list out the books that we all have & could borrow or exchange with whoever wanted to read! We can even promote reading here!
    I am all for it
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    Quote Originally Posted by chanelt
    Ya lor, books so expensive nowadays, bleeding.

    Do you think is a brilliant idea that we set up a library here? we may list out the books that we all have & could borrow or exchange with whoever wanted to read! We can even promote reading here!
    MPSJ had the hypermedia library - why not rent a few shoplots or buy them at a discount in a few of the different MPSJ communities - then people can donate their books and college students/information students can manage the sites?

    I know there is a library & toy exchange in Subang Square in SS15 but something like this should be run by the local government. And there should be a library at MPSJ building!

    A public library system was one of the early initiatives of American Founding Father Ben Franklin - an idea that is more than 230 years old - why cant we make it work?

    Cheers, m
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    Now I am gonna say something sensitive to those Singapore-haters....

    That little Red Dot City has a library in almost every housing estate and the CCs run them. CCs are Community Centers set up by the Ministry of Community Development but run by the local residents themselves. Most of these residents are retirees and houswives. They also organise study tours for residents to factories for additional knowledge.

    I have had the opportunity of receiving visits from the various CCs when I was working in Gardenia Singapore and Coca-Cola Singapore. They would be taken thru the entire factory production process and of course they also get goodies and door gifts to take home. The key thing is they get actively involved in community development and still do not stop learning and they also get to know others in their community...

    Well thats the Little Red Dot city many love to hate.... and we're still fighting over a few cans of beer sold in a neighborhood 7-Eleven store...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chanelt
    Ya lor, books so expensive nowadays, bleeding.

    Do you think is a brilliant idea that we set up a library here? we may list out the books that we all have & could borrow or exchange with whoever wanted to read! We can even promote reading here!



    Get aplace to do this. Catch some big fish who use Rakyat's ringgit to build their own mansions. Use their mansions for this purpose. Can anyone think of one in Pandamaran or Shah Alam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentinel
    I suppose you're below 45 coz you can still read well from a PDA... I used to do that but now I get tired and sleepy easily especially when I read from the PDA on the plane...
    Yes, actually i am.

    But I think age is not the matter. I feel that by setting the fonts larger with a back lit screen is easier on the eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trex92
    Yes, actually i am.

    But I think age is not the matter. I feel that by setting the fonts larger with a back lit screen is easier on the eyes.
    wait till you are 45 .... start doing it now... and save some money for eye surgery later on.... make sure dont buy pru insurance... does not cover...

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    Sentinel, why don't you try getting yourself a Sony ebook Reader? My eldest daughter is also an avid reader. She bought one of these readers while in Los Angeles and download free ebooks from the Internet for her to read from the ebook reader. I think they are sold here already. The size of the pages are just like an ordinary book. Worth the investment and you don't have to run out of space in your library. View this http://www.techgadgets.in/handhelds/...s-info-leaked/

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