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A Frugal Bookworm’s Guide to Finding Great Deals on Books

Have you ever heard the term “tsundoku“? It’s not a type of puzzle or a dangerous rain storm; it’s the Japanese term for stockpiling more books than you could ever possibly read! As you can imagine, this habit gets expensive fast. That’s why we’ve pulled together this guide to finding free or cheap books.

5 Great Ways to Find Cheap Books

Of course, you can always get reading material for free by patronizing your local library! Sometimes, however, you want to hang onto a book rather than simply borrowing it, so here are some ways to score inexpensive titles.

Swap ‘Em

There are oodles of book-swapping websites. In most cases, you only pay shipping. Some sites let you earn credits by giving away books, and you then use those credits to pick up new reads.

Book swapping is a fantastic way not only to acquire new books but to clear out some space on your shelves by passing along books you’ve already read. It’s an environmentally friendly option, too.

Subscribe to a Book Rental Service

Think Netflix, but for books. Pay a low monthly fee to a site like Book Lender to access a huge library. There’s no shipping costs and no due dates.

If you live in a remote area and can’t access a library (or you’ve already read your way through your local library!), this service is the next best thing. Not only will you be able to score cheap books, but it’s always exciting to get a package in the mail, too!

Use an E-Reader

Why spend money to buy an e-reader, like a Kindle, if you’re trying to keep your entertainment costs down? Simply put, it’s because there are an incredible number of free and cheap e-books! So go ahead, treat yourself — or ask for a Kindle for your birthday.

If the book you’re seeking is in the public domain, you can find it on Project Gutenberg. Amazon gives away Kindle titles, and there are many other websites where you can find free Kindle books.

You can also check out electronic titles from your local library using an app called Overdrive. And did you know that New York State residents can sign up for a library card from the New York Public Library?

Buy ‘Em By the Bagful

Library book sales are a veritable treasure trove of cheap books. Most libraries that hold annual or bi-annual book sales will let you fill a bag with books for a pittance, usually on the last day of the sale.

Many libraries also have a store where you can shop year round for gently used books on the cheap.

Check the Thrift Store

Don’t forget about the thrift store, either. You already know you can find great deals on clothes at your local Salvation Army or Goodwill, so why not take a stroll down the aisles of books next time you’re there? You never know when you might find a real steal!

Wrapping Up

If you’re the kind of person who plows through books at an incredible pace, you’re no doubt always on the lookout for cheap books. We hope that this guide has helped you find some new sources to feed your tsundoku habit!

Where do you shop for books or e-books? Let us know by commenting below!

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