Books stay same price amidst rising costs

CINCINNATI – It’s been a struggle to find something that hasn’t gone up in price over the last few months. But there are some items that haven’t gone up and one involves a favorite summer activity- books.

Local booksellers hope that will encourage more people to come in and buy them this summer.


What You Need To Know

  • With most things going up in price because of inflation, books have stayed the same
  • Baseball game tickets, smartphones and jewelry have actually gone down in price since last year
  • Local booksellers hope that the community turns to books this summer as a budget-friendly way to be entertained
  • Booksellers are unsure if inflation will eventually affect book prices

Tiffany Fawley isn’t afraid to share her opinions on books.

“It’s kind of my escape,” she said.

Tiffany Fawley said books are her escape. (Katie Kapusta / Spectrum News 1)

She’s the part-owner of the Book Rack in Anderson Township, which has been a staple in the Cincinnati suburb since 1988.

And while the store has made it through some difficult times over the last two plus years- they’re surprised the recent inflation hasn’t affected them.

“I’ve kind of just been waiting on it to go up,” Fawley said.

While most things are going up in price, some aren’t. According to Axios, baseball games, smartphones and jewelry are all cheaper this year than last. For books, they’ve stayed the same.

“You would think as production of making books, that would cause an issue of price and all that,” Fawley said. “But it didn’t. So I am shocked and I am excited about it! ”

Fawley hopes people are able to embrace reading this summer. (Katie Kapusta / Spectrum News 1)

For Fawley, she hopes that books staying budget-friendly will remind people of the joy and ease of opening a book, especially during the summer.

“You can go home and you can read,” she said. “You don’t spend a lot of money on gas. You don’t have to spend the money going here and going there. It’s nice and relaxing and gets you away from the crazy world just to sit at home and read. ”

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