Why you should never bring a paperback book to Asia

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Why you should never bring a paperback book to Asia

Retiring in Asia, a land where you can buy $1 noodles or $3000 suits gives you an unlimited amount of things to do and see. Retiring cheap in Asia though means limiting the costs of imported food, entertainment and luxury items. One thing I can’t live without though wherever I am, is a book. And when I say a book, I mean several books.Every since I was a little kid living in the library all summer I’ve loved reading. If you’re an avid reader like I am then you’ve probably got a couple bookshelves of your favourites at home.There’s no way that you can ship them all over. Books while lovely are heavy as bricks at a pound a half each, and expensive to ship. I had to abandon my vast graphic novel collection and my entire library when I started writing BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com. (I was lucky my friend Peter gave them a good home.)If you’re wondering how am I getting my daily literature fix? My Ereader. Light, durable and capable of holding thousands of books,it lives in my day bag. (And in my heart!)Now, here’s the thing, even if you’ve got an amazing pre-stored electronic library already in your Ereader like I do (Thanks to my friend Peter, I left Canada with 415 books), you’re going to run out of things to read.Buying an English paperback book in Asia is not cheap. It’s a kick in the nuts to your retiring cheap budget. At roughly $15 (45 rm) a book, you won’t be loving it. The worst thing though is, unless you are a fan of bestsellers, even if your willing to pay the price it may be hard to find what you want. Sigh, I guess I’ll buy another “Best Seller”.Also if you’re going to travel what are you going to do with that book when you’re done? That’s the worst feeling isn’t it to throw away a book? I don’t mind giving them away to somebody else, but just chucking one is brutal. It’s like throwing away one of your beloved best friends.The solution to this is an online reading subscription. I’m right now trying out Kindle Unlimited. It’s got a 30 day free trial and then it’s $10(30 rm) a month. My major worry about signing up was , “do these subscription services work overseas?” There’s no point if they don’t work in different countries.The answer is yes, yes they do!Biggest thoughts about my subscription?

  • Choices. There are a lot of choices but not as many as I would like. 79% of the time the books I want to read are not available on Kindle Unlimited. They’re on Amazon but not available with my subscription. It doesn’t matter that there are close to half a million books to choose from 94,472 of them are children’s books, and 90,722 are romance. Neither category do I read nor browse in (even though my friend Peter has slipped dozens of bodice rippers into my elibrary because I suspect he secretly loves them himself! Darn you Peter!)
  • Cost. Even though there aren’t as many choices as I’d like, there are still enough choices to justify the $10 (30 rm) a month.
  • Recommended choices.  What’s cool are the recommendations. The Kindle Unlimited subscription takes advantage of Amazon’s “recommend for you” algorithm.  It does do a good job recommending new things to read. Since it’s free to check out a new author with the subscription, I find myself enjoying their recommendations. With the recommendations feature AND the free downloads it feels like a bookstore where I can browse all night that serves $1 Thai whiskey.

  • Downloaded books. I don’t always have wifi, and the times that I don’t have wifi are the times when I want to read most. The subscription gives you the ability to have up to 10 books downloaded to read offline at any time.
  • Devices. I love my old beat up 7th generation Kindle, but you can use the subscription from any device. Also you can link multiple devices. I am right now reading graphic novels from my IPad.


If you’re thinking of retiring cheap in Asia and are an avid reader, I’d highly recommend getting that Ereader subscription. I hope this article has helped you plan your own trip to retire cheap. And if you want more articles scroll to the bottom of the page for all my helpful posts.Want a retirement in Asia checklist? Go here RETIREMENT CHECKLIST

2018-07-09T11:52:42+00:00

About the Author:

Samson Chui is the chief travel blogger behind Best Countries to Retire Cheap. His goal is to find the best country to retire for $1000.

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