Hello Book Junkies,
I know what life’s like if you’re a hungry little bookworm. You loiter around book shops drooling over the new releases (which is why you’ve been known to bring a hanky to book shops). You pick up the books, peruse the description, then leap back in shock at the price. Then furtively scan your surroundings to see if anyone witnessed that embarrassing scene.
As a self-confessed Book Addict on a Budget myself, I know exactly what you’re going through. New books are expensive (even ebooks). So how can you keep on reading without checking into the poor house? Well, I’ve got a few favorite suppliers, um, I mean “resources” for both paperback and ebook junkies to get their fix for free or super cheap.
First and Foremost: Your Local Library
Best for: Hardbacks, paperbacks, ebooks, audiobooks, and more
Cost: Essentially free
I’ve got a post coming up on all the amazing features of public libraries these days, but let’s boil it down to two words: FREE BOOKS!! Okay, yes, you pay taxes to support the library and some places require a tiny annual fee to get a library card, but this is as close to free as you’re legally going to get. And the selection is HUGE. Books, ebooks, magazines, comic books, and more are waiting to be lugged home.
Library Book Sales
Best for: Hardbacks & paperbacks
Cost: Varies, but pretty damn cheap in most cases (typically 50c to $3 a book)
I’ve already gone on about this (see THIS post), but library book sales are a crazy affordable way to stock up on reading material. Some libraries have an annual sale, others have a small store or shelf within the library with books for sale. Either way, you’re getting books at a great bargain and you’re helping support your local library. Win win!
Little Free Libraries
Best for: paperbacks
Cost: The name says it all
If you don’t know what a Little Free Library is, it’s a small cabinet on a post that can be found in some neighborhoods. And within the cabinet are free books. I know!! Free books, just waiting for you on the street corner….the drug addiction analogies just keep coming, don’t they? Anyway, the idea is to leave a book you’re finished with and select a new one from what’s inside. Sometimes it’s a gold mine, other times it’s a dud, but it’s always fun to peek inside.
BookBub Daily Deal Newsletter
Best for: Ebooks of various genres (fiction and non-fiction)
Cost: Free to $2.99 each book (sometimes higher)
If you haven’t signed up for the BookBub Daily Deal, DO IT!! It’s super simple and when you sing up you can choose from your favorite genres. Then, every day (or weekly, if you prefer), you get an email with five to ten book deals ranging from free to about $2.99 (sometimes more, but not often). And these aren’t a bunch of nobodies. You’ll find titles from Robert Ludlum, Nora Roberts, and Dean Koontz right alongside indie authors. If you want to learn more, check out THIS POST.
Book Adrenaline & Book Barbarian & Red Roses Romance
Cost: Free to $2.99 per book (very rarely higher)
These newsletters feature primarily indie authors and I have to admit sometimes the titles on there have me wondering how they got accepted (if you’re an author, it’s a handy way to see what doesn’t make a good book cover or description), but there’s nearly always something worth checking out. Books are often free or super cheap and you can score amazing deals on box sets. Note: I haven’t signed up for Red Roses, but it’s under the umbrella of the same company as BA and BB, so I’ll assume it’s similar in quality and price.
That’s the list. I know there’s gobs of other newsletter and subscription services out there, but these are the ones I’ve been the happiest with in terms of book quality, book price, and user-friendliness.
What about you? Where do you find book bargains? If you steal books, probably best to keep that to yourself (and maybe seek help), but otherwise please share your favorite sources for fabulous book deals!!