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6 Ways Bookworms Can Save Money

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Reading is a great hobby to have. You can spend your free time traveling to other destinations, learning about other time periods, and more. But if you are a bookworm and like to read so much that you are going through several books in a short period of time, it can become an expensive habit.

I used to be a big bookworm (before I took up blogging and freelance writing) and I often couldn’t walk out of a bookstore without spending at least $50.

Luckily there are ways that bookworms can save money and still enjoy their favorite hobby.

Use the Library

The most obvious way bookworms can save money is by using the local library to check out books for free. You’ll be able to read all you want without paying a cent if you always return or renew your library books on time.

Choose Carefully

Whether you are purchasing a new book or a used book, read the prologue or the back cover first. If it is an E-book, you have the option to check the reviews and usually read a little about the book before you buy it. Spending a little bit of extra time to look it over before you buy could save you from making a bad purchase and wasting your money on something you won’t enjoy.

Look for Sales

One way bookworms can save money and still get some great reads is to purchase discounted books. Stores such as Barnes and Noble usually have a section containing discounted books. Browsing through this section will give you the opportunity to look over several books before selecting one to purchase.

Purchase Used

As the popularity of E-books rises, there have been used book stores popping up more often in an effort to get people to continue to purchase paper books. I have personally found some pretty good deals by going to a few of these stores instead of buying new books.

Also, check to see if books you are looking at on Amazon have a used copy available. Many times you can get a used book for just a penny plus $3.99 shipping – a total of $4 for a new-to-you book. You can also look for used books at flea markets, garage sales, and even library sales to save even more.

Although I like to use the library more these days, I still shop for books sometimes too. It makes me feel good to know that my purchases are going to a good cause when I shop at my local library’s annual book sale.

Exchange Books

There are lots of great ways to exchange books you have already read for books you haven’t. Check out Bookcrossing on the internet and sign up the books you no longer want. Through bookcrossing you will print a unique ID for each book, attach it to the book and set it down somewhere in a public place. The person who finds the book can take it, read it, and report on it through bookcrossing. When you find a book left by someone else, you can do the same thing.

A second way to exchange books is by trading with a friend. Or, take it bigger and have a book swap party. Each person could bring a few books they want to trade with someone else and then take home the same number they brought. It’s a free way to get new books you haven’t read.

My library also has a paperback book exchange shelf where you can bring a book and take a book as you please when you visit the library.

Get E-books for Free

If you have an E-reader and would rather use it than reading paper books, there are plenty of places to get free books. Ereadernews is one such site that allows you to sign up for their newsletter so you can purchase books for very little or get free books. There are several sites like this, and of course, some of the books are of lesser quality, but some of them are by little known authors just starting out. Either way, you get plenty of entertainment for very little money.

My local library also offers a program you can sign up to “borrow” E-books just like you would paper books. This is definitely something worth asking about at your local library.

There are lots of ways to save money on books. Bookworms can save money and still enjoy their hobby by using some of these ideas.

Can you think of other ways that bookworms can save money?

About Kayla Sloan

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

10 comments

  1. If you want to buy new (or even used), use Amazon and get their credit card — 5% back on everything.

    We buy my daughter’s college textbooks there (used) and it’s the cheapest place we’ve seen for them.

  2. I haven’t used the library much. Too many times, I find my own library more up to date tan what I find there. Because the library also has to get books that appeal to a wide range of people, I find that some of my interests are not included on their shelves. However, we recently moved to a new community so I’m planning on visiting the library and seeing what they offer. I have started buying a lot of my books from Amazon’s used book vendors. I find if I select “like new” or “very good” as the acceptable condition, I get books sometimes as cheap as one cent plus shipping, I can get books that are hard to find in a store or even the library, and I’m not ashamed to put them on my own book shelves.

    • I do buy a lot of the used ones on Amazon too, but I’ve been surprised at what my small town library actually has. Another option to ask about is inter-library loan. My library offers this for free, so if they don’t have a book I want to read, they’ll get it from another cooperating library in our area. It’s a great program and doesn’t cost me anything extra, which is nice.

  3. I am so crushing on the Library right now. It took me so long to get back. But whenever I’m interested in a book now, I look it up online and put it on hold. I get a notification when it’s ready or if there’s a wait list, I’m automatically on it. I don’t even have to go *look* for the book. It’s ready when I get there!

    When I want to read a book that is not found in my library, I am currently obsessed with these two sites:

    PaperbackSwap – http://bit.ly/2aFQBeW
    *Here you list books you want to get rid of and when someone requests them, you ship them to them. Yes, you have to pay the Media Mail Shipping. But then you get a credit and can request a book sent to you free of charge! I have several books on my wishlist that they will notify when me when someone posts it.

    ThriftBooks – http://bit.ly/2axWJma
    * These books are discounted used books. I also have a wishlist here and will purchase them only if they are $4 and under or if they are hard to find.

    I’m kind of obsessed with all three of these right now. My master list of too-read books is on GoodReads. 🙂

    Thanks for these suggestions!

    • I have tried paperback swap a couple of times, but I didn’t really like it. Have you used it much? Maybe I just didn’t have books on there that were in high demand.

  4. Amazon has a Kindle Unlimted program where you can pay $10 per month to read books that are on their Kindle Unlimited program for free.

    • That a cool program! I hadn’t heard of that. I would probably do that if I still had time to read multiple books/month. Nowadays, I usually only get 1 read/month.

  5. Some books are available online, so I just download them. Then, I usually buy used books in book sales, and if the book has just been released, it depends on how bad I really want it.

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