Reading is a great hobby to have. You can spend your free time traveling to other destinations, learning about other time periods, and more. But if you are a bookworm and like to read so much that you are going through several books in a short period of time, it can become an expensive habit.
I used to be a big bookworm (before I took up blogging and freelance writing) and I often couldn’t walk out of a bookstore without spending at least $50.
Luckily there are ways that bookworms can save money and still enjoy their favorite hobby.
Use the Library
The most obvious way bookworms can save money is by using the local library to check out books for free. You’ll be able to read all you want without paying a cent if you always return or renew your library books on time.
Whether you are purchasing a new book or a used book, read the prologue or the back cover first. If it is an E-book, you have the option to check the reviews and usually read a little about the book before you buy it. Spending a little bit of extra time to look it over before you buy could save you from making a bad purchase and wasting your money on something you won’t enjoy.
Look for Sales
One way bookworms can save money and still get some great reads is to purchase discounted books. Stores such as Barnes and Noble usually have a section containing discounted books. Browsing through this section will give you the opportunity to look over several books before selecting one to purchase.
As the popularity of E-books rises, there have been used book stores popping up more often in an effort to get people to continue to purchase paper books. I have personally found some pretty good deals by going to a few of these stores instead of buying new books.
Also, check to see if books you are looking at on Amazon have a used copy available. Many times you can get a used book for just a penny plus $3.99 shipping – a total of $4 for a new-to-you book. You can also look for used books at flea markets, garage sales, and even library sales to save even more.
Although I like to use the library more these days, I still shop for books sometimes too. It makes me feel good to know that my purchases are going to a good cause when I shop at my local library’s annual book sale.
There are lots of great ways to exchange books you have already read for books you haven’t. Check out Bookcrossing on the internet and sign up the books you no longer want. Through bookcrossing you will print a unique ID for each book, attach it to the book and set it down somewhere in a public place. The person who finds the book can take it, read it, and report on it through bookcrossing. When you find a book left by someone else, you can do the same thing.
A second way to exchange books is by trading with a friend. Or, take it bigger and have a book swap party. Each person could bring a few books they want to trade with someone else and then take home the same number they brought. It’s a free way to get new books you haven’t read.
My library also has a paperback book exchange shelf where you can bring a book and take a book as you please when you visit the library.
Get E-books for Free
If you have an E-reader and would rather use it than reading paper books, there are plenty of places to get free books. Ereadernews is one such site that allows you to sign up for their newsletter so you can purchase books for very little or get free books. There are several sites like this, and of course, some of the books are of lesser quality, but some of them are by little known authors just starting out. Either way, you get plenty of entertainment for very little money.
My local library also offers a program you can sign up to “borrow” E-books just like you would paper books. This is definitely something worth asking about at your local library.
There are lots of ways to save money on books. Bookworms can save money and still enjoy their hobby by using some of these ideas.
Can you think of other ways that bookworms can save money?
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