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Monday Mania #8: 20 Tips for Getting Books Cheaper {Part 1}

Anyone who buys books will tell you that it can get expensive. Here are 20 ways of saving money on the books you want.

  1. Local Library This one is a given. If you don’t have a library card you should sign up right away.
  2. Library Book Sales Libraries will sell their old books for low prices. My library has books priced as low as $1. Call your local library and ask about their book sales.
  3. Wait for paperback I realize waiting can be difficult, especially when everyone is talking about it, but paperback copies are cheaper then the hardback copies.
  4. Second Hand Bookstores Second hand bookstores are great because you get the feel of a bookstore for a fraction of the cost. Usually you find bookworms working at used bookstores and they can help you find what your looking for. Another perk of used bookstores is they will buy books you dont want making the books you buy even cheaper.
  5. Swap with Friends If you read chances are some of your friends read too. Set up a night where you all bring your unwanted books and trade with each other.
  6. Borrow book I do this with my mom all the time. We like similar books so we will read each others books and then return them to each other.
  7. Rent Books These websites work like Netflix. You pay a monthly fee and they send you books that you put on a list, when you send a book back you get the next available book on your list. I haven’t tried any of these sites yet but I have heard great reviews about BooksFree.
  8. Discount websites The web has dozens of sites that offer discounts on ebooks and physical copies of books. With ebooks there are lots of free reader apps, including Kindle. When you order books online make sure to factor in shipping costs to the final total. I use but you should also check out and Project Gutenberg.
  9. Warehouse Store Stores like Costco and Sam’s Club will often carry bestsellers and whole series at discounted prices.
  10. Book Outlet Stores These stores are not the best for new leases. They often have sales on top of their low prices so they are a great place to look for classics.

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I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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