What do the following items have in common?

—The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2007)
—All Quiet of the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1995)
—Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (2007)
—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2009)

Yes, they’re all books. And yes, that’s right as well—I suppose they were all adapted to film… But the unifying characteristic I’m searching for is far more interesting, you could even call it groundbreaking.

With the exception of The Road, I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of these books; which is why I want to buy all of them and own all of them in their re-readable, physical, collectible, classic book forms. I was convinced that bulk-buying paperbacks would cost me a pretty penny—that is, until I discovered what it really is that these books secretly have in common.

They can each be purchased for 3 quarters a pop, $0.75 a book, less than a dollar per novel. (check out Half.com)


This discovery, as unimportant as it may seem to some, has resulted in the revival of my love affairs with both books and the internet. I never believed that the two were capable of complementing one other so well. I thought the internet hated books! But, I am happy to inform all of you that this is not the case.

Need 100 classics to fill up that empty bookshelf in the house? Need a textbook (or 12) for your son or daughter during the back to school season? Need the entire Twilight series? For the price of a panini and/or a large Starbucks coffee, you can buy all of this and more! More! More! I’m sorry to get so excited, but I happen to be a book aficionado, an online shopping fiend and a lover of unrealistically cheap deals. A place where I can snatch up books like penny candy? It really is really the sweetest treat of them all.