Ok, let’s get real for a second. As I’ve said before, I’m a big believer in reading a lot. Like a lot a lot. But reading 10+ books a month can really start to add up if you don’t have a lot of extra money lying around. So let’s cut to the chase because I have a bunch of tips (that I also personally use) to help save money in the book buying department:
- Use Scribd and Kindle Unlimited. I use both of these. They are basically Netflix for books and both have a different selection, which is why I have both. I guess it makes it more like having Netflix and Hulu. Whatever. I highly recommend both, even though Scribd only allows three books a month now which kind of blows. They have an insanely good selection though, so it’s worth your money. Kindle Unlimited is GOLD and I’m obsessed with it. It’s Amazon, so obviously the selection is amazing. You can get a free 30 day trial for both, so why not try it out?
- Get Amazon Prime. I mean seriously do you not have Amazon Prime yet? I don’t know how I lived without it, it basically keeps me alive. BUT BACK TO BOOKS. Books are generally SO much cheaper on Amazon than in store, and this gets you free 2-day shipping so you can order to your heart’s content. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE, if you own a Kindle you can borrow books fro their Kindle Lending Library if you are a Prime member. This also has a 30 day free trial.
- Monitor your Amazon wish list. I have upwards of a thousand items in my dinosaur-aged Amazon wish list, but here’s a fun trick…if you go to Filter –> Items with price drops, it lets you know anything on your wish list that’s currently discounted. Check this often as they frequently offer huge discounts on books. I have gotten a ton of ebooks for free this way and a bunch for under $3-4.
- Start a book share group with your friends. When you’re done with a book pass it on to a friend and have them give you one in exchange. This is best to do with like-minded friends who have similar reading interests as you.
- Half-Price Books, Goodwill and garage sales can be great resources for books on the cheap/super cheap/pennies in some cases.
- Libraries still exist. You know those buildings you drive by that say “public library” on them? They have books in there. For free. I know it’s crazy.
- Make friends with authors and force them to give you free books. Ok this sounds exhausting, just go with the tips I gave you above instead.
I’m sure there are a lot more tips out there but these are the ones I use/have used in the past. Time to go book shopping!