Ok, I admit it, I’m a bookaholic! It’s true, I have books everywhere in my apartment, and honestly I have more books than I do bookcases. Books have always been an important part of my life, and I know I will continue to buy and read books for the rest of my life. So, that being said I feel I have become something of an expert on how to save money on books. Here are some techniques I use all the time that have reduced my monthly book expenditures.
1. Download free e-books to your computer. See my article Part 1: Where to Find 64 Free Romance E-books to Download if you enjoy reading romances. Also, there are hundreds of e-books in many different genres, as well as non-fiction that you can download for free.
2. Read books online. See my article Where to Find Free Online Romance Reads Part II if you enjoy romance books. As with free downloadable books, there are many books that can be read solely online which are both fiction and non-fiction.
3. Buy books second-hand. There are many opportunities to buy books second-hand, bookstores, thrift-stores, and online to name a few.
4. Buy the e-book version instead. Many of your favorite fiction and non-fiction books are available as e-books, and they are often less expensive than their hard and soft backed cousins.
5. Find others who like the same authors, genres, and subjects as you do and save money by trading books. That way you cut your costs in half. Your friend(s) by one book and then you buy another and then trade. Everybody wins.
6. Sell or trade your books in at a second-hand bookstore. Many second-hand bookstores will give you cash or credit towards other books in their store. The only draw back is if the book is older or in bad condition it may be refused.
7. Buy e-books instead of bound books. While not all authors of e-books have print books, or print versions of their books, many of them are great writers and you will most likely find new authors to love.
8. Are you adventurous? Do you like trying out new authors? Then become a book reviewer! Book reviewers get free books as their pay in most situations, in some cases they even get paid cash, either way becoming a book reviewer is a win-win situation, and a great way to get both print and e-books free!
9. Do you have a newsletter, or blog where you review books? If so offer to review new authors in return for a free book. Authors love this because it is free publicity!
10. If you are one of those people who prefers to buy books new, then purchase in bulk from an online bookseller who has discounted books, and free shipping when you spend a certain amount. At www.amazon.com for example when you spend $25 you get free shipping. Also, Amazon frequently has discounts on their books so that if you spend $25 and get the free shipping you have really saved money!
11. Borrow books from friends, and your local Public Library.
If you are a bookaholic like me, saving money on books is imperative if you want to eat, and be able to pay your utility bills on time. If you utilize even a few of these techniques you will see your monthly book bill go down quickly!