Buying books

Second hand books can be found very cheaply in charity shops and, (if you’re lucky!), at car boot sales. Ebay and other auction sites are also worth looking at.

Cut price new books can be found at The Works; they have stores on many high streets and they also sell online at

The Book People sell discounted books in workplaces and online. They are especially good for sets of books, which would make a really special present or could be split up.

Waterstones is this writer’s preferred source for new books which can’t be found at any of the above sources.They have a great website, but a visit to one of their shops is highly recommended. A happy hour or more can be spent browsing in the children’s department – and there are plenty of seats if the adults want a rest. Waterstones have branches in Birmingham city centre and Solihull town centre, and are online at

A Waterstones voucher is a great present for a bookworm – they can be redeemed in store or online. is much more than an online bookseller and is highly recommended. The site has a bookfinder tool which is great if you’re trying to choose a suitable book for a particular child. Children can review books and also join an online book club – if you have a very bookish child they will like this site. There are also tips on sharing books with children.