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We’ve recently launched our new Nature Connections Book Club! To celebrate, and to help you source your books for the sessions, we’ve compiled a guide to getting your books sustainably. Most books are of course made from trees, so to protect the trees we love and still have access to the stories and information you enjoy, follow our steps. 


1. Shop your own bookshelf

If you’re a book lover and often receive books as gifts you may have a large to-be-read pile or even a full bookcase to hold all the wonderful books you plan to read. A good place to check is always your own bookshelf to make sure you don’t already have a copy of this month's book club book!


2. Borrow

If you don’t own a copy of the book we’re reading, see if you can borrow it from a friend or family member or check it out from your local library. If borrowing from the library make sure you check the time period on your loan and ensure it covers long enough for you to take part in our live book club discussions. 


3. Thrift

Secondhand books are everywhere. There can be something magical about searching the shelves of your second-hand bookstore, charity shop or rooting through the charity book bins in your local supermarket, but these methods do rely on the luck of finding the book you need. 


For a quicker approach, try online secondhand bookstores such as World of Books or selling sites like Vinted. Keep an eye on the delivery dates and make sure your book will arrive in plenty of time. 


4. Go electronic

If you already own a digital device such as a Kindle, this can be a great way to source your books in a more sustainable way. Check out the options available to you, you may be able to rent or buy a download of this months’ book.


Audio books are another great option. Not only do they allow for digital access to books, but you can enjoy them while out for a walk in Nature or doing your housework at the same time!


5. Buy new

If the above options don’t work or you would just prefer to buy your book new, you can still aim to be sustainable in your purchase. A great way to source your books is to support authors with direct sales, show solidarity with your local independent bookshop or choose a reputable retailer or publisher to buy direct from.

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