What I always tell people that are considering whether or not to bring things from the UK when they move here…..
If you are in doubt, work out how much it is going to cost you to bring it and then decide. Prices may have changed but, almost three years ago, it cost us about £2000 to have our goods brought here, door to door. That was a 32 cu m truck and, if you assume a nominal 30 cu m (it may be less given the fact that there are gaps all over the place) a cubic metre cost us £66.66.
At that rate…
an example paperback, 18 cm x 11 cm x 3 cm would cost under 4p
an example hardback, 16 cm x 24 cm x 3.5 cm would cost under 9p
With those two examples, 1000 average books would be less than a cubic metre.
Even if the nominal volume were 20 cu m, then the cost per item would only be 50% more. 1000 books for £100 worth of space. Sell them for 1 leva each and you've made £300 profit (not counting the cost of the book in the first place).
We brought all our books and are glad that we did. If you buy one from Amazon, for example, it can sometimes cost more to ship it than the cost of the book. Not only that, the cost of the book will be inflated by VAT as it is coming here, where there is a 20% tax on books.