So I don’t know about you, but I like to save money. Okay, maybe I don’t always like to save money, but I have to. I’m broke. But I also have to have my books. So I’ve figured out some ways to save money on books, you know, so I can have my cake and eat it too. These methods have saved me hundreds of dollars so far this year! I cannot rave enough.
Whether you are are a professional reader, a book blogger, an avid reader and bookworm, these are all options that can help you save money on books! Also, the Amazon links in this post are affiliated but the rest are just regular old links. If you click, they’ll refer you to the site or service mentioned!
Find free and discounted e-books available online.
Or on your reading devices. Free books area available all over the web, if you know where to look!
Amazon. You can find free and discounted books at Amazon that you can download straight your device. Now granted, Amazon doesn’t offer it’s bestsellers for free, but there are plenty of books in all kinds of genres, so you find something you like. Anyone can access these deals, it’s not just for Prime subscribers, however, Prime subscribers are eligible for additional deals, which I’ve listed below.
Amazon Prime. I included Amazon prime separately, because you have to be a Prime subscriber to use these perks. If you’re an Amazon Prime Member, (which come on, if you’re not, you totally should be) you can also download a free unreleased e-book every month as a part of Amazon First Reads. There’s also the Prime Reading library, full of different books and magazines that Prime members have access to. You can also participate in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
Barnes & Noble. Barnes & Noble is also a good place to find free and discounted e-books. Again, like Amazon, they might not be bestseller, but there is a good variety of books in a variety of different genres. And just because a book isn’t a chart topper, it doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining and worthy of a read.
Serial Reader. Serial Reader is an app that I use that delivers portions of classic books to your phone through the app daily. There’s a ton of titles, and you aren’t limited to pick only one or two. I’m currently subscribed to like ten different classic books, including Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina.
ManyBooks This is a website that has a large selection of books available for free download in all kinds of formats, including .pdf. Most of the books are older and classic books. On ManyBooks, you can find titles like The Art of War, Alice in Wonderland, and the Adventures of Huck Finn, among hundreds of others.
Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg is a website similar to ManyBooks that has a ton of older, classic books available for download in a variety of formats.
BookBub. Bookbub is a website that highlights deals on e-books across a few different book distributors. That includes both discounted and free e-books across a long list of genres.
BookOutlet. BookOutlet is an online, discount book store. You can find all kinds of books, new and old, of all genres on BookOutlet. I’ve never personally used but I’ve seen a lot of people who have, and they are avid fans
Use e-book lending services.
There are services online that allow you to participate in e-book lending services, so you can borrow e-books from other readers or lend your e-books to someone else!
Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. You obviously have to have a Kindle to participate, but you also have to have an Amazon Prime membership. But if you have those two things, you can participate in Amazon’s book lending program with other users! Kindle Owners’ Lending Library allows you to “borrow” e-books from other users and “lend” your books as well.
BookLending. Here is another website that allows you to borrow books from other readers completely free. BookLending doesn’t care what kind of device you have either. There are a ton of more recent titles available in every genre.
Read excerpts of books online.
One way to save money is to only buy books you know you’re going to like. I have a couple dozen books on my shelves that I’ve DNF’d. I hope I finish them eventually… but right now they’re pretty representative of money I could have spent elsewhere. Excerpts are available ALLL over and everywhere.
Google Book Search. One good place to find book excerpts without too much effort is Google Book Search. Some of the books you want may not be available, but lots are. Some may have excerpts that are only a few pages long, while others have excerpts that are over a hundred pages long. While the availability varies, it’s definitely worth checking out when you’re considering reading a book. Heck, I just used it today to read over a hundred pages of City of Glass (Cassandra Clare) to get my Shadowhunters fix until my Amazon package comes in.
Major book sellers. It’s likely that you can read an excerpt, if you have time, before you buy a book from one of the major booksellers. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. often feature samples. So head on over to one of those websites, find a book you want to read, and try to read an excerpt!
Shop at used book stores and yard sales.
Used book stores. My grandparents used to hit up the used book stores allll the time. Usually they are independent stores but sometimes you can find chain stores that also sell used books! There are also online used and discount bookstores that you can hit up, like Thrift Books and Half Price Books.
Yard sales & flea markets. Many places have “yard sale weekend” or “yard sale day,” when residents can all have a yard sale at the same time to attract a bigger crowd. Where I live, these things are huge. The entire neighborhood will have a yard sale and people will come from all over to shop. There are also large flea markets with multiple vendors that sell books! There’s one that my pap used to take me to, and there was a little library in this one large stall! It was amazing. These are great places to find used books.
Get a library card.
I know this is obvious and self-explanatory, but I have a couple of other things to add. I realize that not everyone can get out and go to the library regularly. Even though I had the ability to, I never. But once I bit the bullet and started stopping on my way home from work, I realized what I’d been missing.
Overdrive / Libby. Overdrive and Libby are apps that allow you to read e-books for free with your library card! Technically, Overdrive is the online version, while Libby is the app you download on mobile. Both pretty much do the same thing. The catch is that you have to have a library card, and your library has to have the title available. Not all books are available, and even if they are, there might be a “line” of people in front of you. But the upside is you can find popular and relatively new titles to read from wherever you are.
Go to the library. This is my number one, favorite thing to do. I love reading hard copies of books. I prefer that over e-books. I stop at the library multiple times a week. I bring three books home at a time, completely free. I cannot rave enough about how important it is to support your local library!!
Using these options has saved me hundreds this year.
So these are the different ways that I buy books! I literally have only bought a couple of books this year even though I’ve read so much. And the only reason I even ordered those books is because the library didn’t have them and I couldn’t find them anywhere else. These options are definitely the first place I look when I’m looking for something new!