Because of the number of books that I review on my channel, I’m regularly asked how much I spend on books.
People wrongly assume that I spend a small fortune on acquiring books when in actual fact, it’s probably not as much as you think.
So, in this post, I’m going to share with you how much money I spent buying books in 2019.
How I calculated the cost
I buy most of my books from Amazon, so it was a simple exercise of going through my records and totaling the prices of all the books I bought the previous year.
Obviously, there were one or two titles that I picked up in-store that aren’t included in this calculation, but ostensibly, the total is going to be more or less accurate.
I’ve broken the calculation down into two categories:
1. Books that I bought from Amazon.co.uk itself
That includes hardbacks, paperbacks, and any Kindle books.
This was simple to work out. I just had to go through my orders list and total the cost.
2. Audiobooks that I bought from Amazon Audible
I pay £7.99 per month as a subscription cost to Audible. For that, I get 1 credit per month which I can exchange for any audiobook of my pleasing.
For the audiobooks that I purchased using a credit, I priced them at £7.99 since that was how much the credit cost me.
For the audiobooks that I bought directly from Audible without a credit, I totaled the pounds and pence that I paid.
Other things to note…
I am based in the UK, so all the prices that I give you in this blog post are in Great British Pounds (£/GBP). At the end of this post, for those of you who are unfamiliar with GPB, I’ll provide a rough conversion of the prices into the United States Dollar ($/USD).
Also, if you would like more information on what books I actually purchased in 2019, click here for a video covering all the books I read that year.
So, how much did I spend?
On Amazon.co.uk, I purchased 13 books at a total cost of £98.35, which equates to around £7.57 per book.
Over on Amazon Audible, the 21 audiobooks I purchased worked out at a total cost of £125.05, which averages out at £5.95 per audiobook.
So, the total amount that I spent on Amazon and Audible in 2019 was £223.40, which bought me 34 books in total, equaling an average cost of £6.57 per book. That means that I spent an average of £18.61 per month.
A rough conversion figure into USD (in January 2020) would be around $290 in total, which works out at about $8.53 per book, which is a monthly cost of $25 per month.
As far as habits and hobbies go, that’s not a bad monthly cost!
Did you guess right?
So, that’s what I spent last year on books.
Let me know in the comments section below if the total is lower or higher than you thought it would be. And, if you’re happy to share how much you spent on books last year, let me know.