As I may have mentioned a time or two in previous posts here, I’m something of a bibliophile. Truth be told, I have way more books that I probably need. But, I’m comforted in the fact that the knowledge contained within these volumes will serve me well if/when the world does go all topsy-turvy.
If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend all preppers build up a survival library. No one can possibly have all knowledge they may ever need just in their head. Odds are pretty good the Internet won’t be available for consultation either.
The survival library should contain reference materials on:
–Canning and preserving
–Trapping, hunting, fishing
–Wild game preparation
–Home repair (carpentry, plumbing, electrical)
–Small engine repair
–Alternative energy systems
–Sewing and clothing repair
…and probably about a dozen other topics I’m forgetting right now.
In addition, I also suggest you have on hand books and materials to facilitate the education of children — math, science, history, and language arts at the minimum.
If you are even remotely religious, make sure you add in the appropriate texts and other materials for study.
Don’t forget the fun stuff too like novels and anthologies. Personally, if I never bought another book I’d probably have enough reading material to last me several years.
Now, where can you find all this stuff cheaply? Used bookstores, library sales, thrift stores, rummage sales, Freecycle, Craigslist, and Amazon.com all immediately come to mind. What I often do is toss a particular title on my Amazon wish list as a reminder to look for it when I’m out haunting the used bookstores and such. While I’m on Amazon, I also make a point of checking out other recommended books it gives me based on the one I’m currently viewing. I’ve found some really great books that way.