- What do you think of the change in the recent budget which means that individual taxpayers will benefit from the additional tax relief given fro the purchase of books which has now been raised from RM1000 from RM700?
- How much does a voracious reader actually spend in a year?
- Do books buyers actually keep the receipts and claim them?
- How much do you buy and when and how much are you willing to part for a book you really like? One hundred, two hundred bucks?
Eh....sorry, sound so patronising laa, but I think some people (hahaha...nosy parkers like myself???) are curious about what others spend... Am researching for a story.*Sigh*. I'll go first. My name's Sharon and I'm a bookaholic. I hide the the plastic bags from MPHTimesKinoBordersSilverfishPopular before my husband sees them. I chuck the Amazon.com and abebooks.com boxes into the car on the way back from the letter box so they don't attract attention. I can't enter a shopping mall without knowing that my feet will take me to a bookshop, and once inside I am unlikely to leave without at least one book. Warehouse sales are paradise. Amazon one-click is my downfall.
My habit costs me hundreds of ringgit a month. I am afraid of what the figure would be if I totalled it up.
I like to buy hardbacks or at least trade paperback when I can. I value quality of paper and nice binding. I only very occasionally buy coffee -table books, but love to collect glossy artbooks and books about Malaysia. The most I've spent on a single book is around RM200.
I am a Silverfish Bookbug, an MPH Reader's Circle member, and have a discount card from Times. I clip Kinokuniya vounchers from the Star. Every little ... doesn't help. It just makes you buy more.
I'm glad of the tax relief. I will try to keep receipts ... but I am so disorganised that they usually get crumpled up tin the bottom of my bag (underneath the books) along with oddcoinsdirtytissuescrushedlipsticksflyersforkentuckyfriedchickennuggests-
oldshoppinglistssquidgedMentoesleakingmineralwaterbottle ... until i get so disgusted by the chaos of my life I chuck everything out and start again.
I am not proud of any of this.