I thought today I would go over a few resources that I have found to feed my book addiction for cheap. I hate spending full price for books. Reading can become a very expensive hobbie. Hopefully these resources can help ease the pocket book but still allow you to enjoy your craving for reading
- Libraries– so the obvious first choice is to support your local library. They are a great source of all type of reading options whether it be physical books, ebooks or audio books. The only downfall is the timeline they give you for new releases – which generally have to be back to the library much sooner than other books you sign out. Another option your library may offer is through the app called overdrive. You just download this app and sign in with your library number and you can sign out ebooks and audiobooks right onto your ereader. Libraries often have books sales as well so you can get used books for pretty cheap.
- Thrift stores/ second hand books stores- thrift stores offer a great price on used books. I do understand though that some of the books they offer are quite old and they do not often have new releases. The thrift store is somewhere you can go if you are looking for books that are not main stream and usually really good finds. Also local second hand books stores are a gem for decently prices gently used books. The store owners often can get in books you are looking for and are a great resource for book suggestions. If you are in the Hamilton\ Burlington area in Ontario may I suggest a book store called J.H. Gordons in Hamilton. The owners are amazing and are able to pretty much find any book you may be interested in.
- Bookoutlet- I know a lot of book tubers have suggested this site and I must admit I have found a lot of great book deals on new and older releases. Sometimes the only catch with this website is the amount they charge for shipping. Sometimes when you include the shipping fee the book is just as expensive as in store. You just have to be careful and when figuring out the price always include the shipping price as part of the book price.
4. Paperbackswap- this is a new website for me and one that I have not used a lot. The premise is that you sign up, post a book that you would like to swap for. You pay the shipping fee to the person requesting the book from you. Then you go back onto the website and pick a book that will be shipped to you for free- in the same manner. This is a pretty smart idea and a good way for bookies to connect with one another.
5. Boobbub- this is a website I probably use the most. It is for ebooks only so for those who do not like ebooks this is probably not an option for you. You make an account and then select the genres that you are interested in reading. The website then sends you daily deals for books that are within the genres you have selected. Some of these books are for FREE and some are insanely cheap. Also not a website to use for new releases but has some amazingly good finds on other books. This website has expanding my reading repertoire and I have found some of my favourite reads on this site.
I hope these resources may help you guys in saving some money but allow you to still enjoy a good read. If anyone has any other suggestions or have any comments on the sites I have listed please feel free to leave a comment. Happy Reading !!!