I love books. I used to hate reading, therefore I hated books as well. But, as soon as I got out of school I began to enjoy reading – probably because I was no longer forced to do it. So now I collect good books, but I can’t remember the last time I paid full price for a book, or even half price for that matter. These are the 5 ways I save money on books:
It doesn’t get much better than Amazon.com. They have just about every book imaginable, and you can buy almost all of them used. At this moment, I have books on my Amazon wish list that are selling used for 1 cent! I do have to pay shipping, which might be a couple bucks, but that sure beats the $20 retail price.
2. The local Library
I can’t speak for all libraries, but ours has a website that allows to us to browse the library database and request items to be sent to the nearest branch. Once they arrive, I get an email notification that they have arrived. Even though I prefer to own the books, this is a great option to have free access to a lot of books.
3. Check out thrift stores for used books
I just discovered this one a few months ago on a suggestion from a friend – thrift stores have tons of books for about a dollar. I was pleasantly surprised! I walked out with three famous business and finance books, a dictionary, and a thesaurus (all hardbound) for $5. I added up the retail price for kicks and the 5 books went for $142 new. Beware, you may have to wade through many romance novels to find the gems! 🙂
4. Trade your books with others
PaperBackSwap.com has a cool service that allows you to trade your books, CDs, and DVDs with others online. The service is free and the only expense is the shipping cost of your item.
If you are into NEW books, signing up for Border’s email list may be a good way to go. On about a weekly basis I get a coupon from them, sometimes as much as 40% off.