7 Ways to Get Books You Really Want to Read for Less

For bookworms, getting books for cheap is not just about saving money. But, it is about how we can utilize resources effectively so we can get more books to read. In this article, there are 7 ways we can get various types of books for less.

1. Use Discount Coupons
There are so many coupon sites out there and you might think using the coupon codes from these sites are a good idea. From our experience, these coupon codes rarely work and we don't really know why. So the best way to use coupons is to get a coupon code from major coupon sites or get coupons directly from each store as below,

- RetailMeNot (Coupon Site)

- Groupon (Coupon Site)

- Barnes & Noble Coupons (Store Coupon)

- Powell's Coupons (Store Coupon)

2. Buy Used Books
Used book is not as bad as you think. The reason is that the condition of used books can be very well and worth the price. If you want to give used books a chance, you can try it and saves some bucks as below,

- Alibris

- Half.com

- ThriftBooks

- BookFinder.com

- Powell's Used Book

3. Compare Price from Price Comparison Sites
The price comparison is a good way to save money if you are a busy person. The Price comparison site is also very popular for college students because the price of the textbook can be pretty high. You can try these price comparison sites as below,

- Price Grabber (general book)

- Book Butler (general book)

- Big Words (textbook)

- Deal Oz (textbook)

4. Find Book Sales in Your Area
BookSaleFinder.com is a site that allows you to find book sales events anywhere in the United States and Canada. It's quite nice if you are a kind of person who would like to see books you are going to buy first.

5. Swap Your Books
Book Swap is basically a portable where you make a list of books you don't read any more in exchange for used books from others. Most of the times, you will only pay for the shipping fee. It can be domestics or international shipping fee, depends on where your swap partners live. This is a great way to get books you want to read, especially out-of-print or hard-to-find books. If you want to try book swap, follow the links below,

- BookMooc

- PaperBackSwap

- BookCrossing

6. Use Public Domain Book & Open Source Book
Public domain books are books that are not protected anymore by copyright laws, trademark laws, and patent laws. The reasons are that the copyright has expired or the owner of the books failed to renew the copyright.

Open source book or open textbook is the book that is dedicated to and made available to the public for free. The list below is where to find free books to read,

Project Gotenburg: The godfather of public domain books. Here you will find thousands of Epub books and kindle books ranging from classics, children, history, fiction, science, music, art, religion and so on.

Authorama: If you love classic literature, this is the place for you. The books are listed alphabetically for easy access. However, the books here are in the HTML version, so you need to read them on desktop, laptop or e-reader with internet access.

Classic Literature Library: Here you will find classic works from both American Authors and British Authors. You also need an internet connection to read the books here because they are in HTML format.

Classic Reader: Another collection of public domain books in HTML format. Here you will find the works of notable authors such as Shakespeare, Dickens, and Austen. Non-fiction and Young Adult books are also available from this collection.

Loyal Books: A collection of books in both audio and ebook formats covering a broad range of genres. Also, each book will show a book cover including a star rating. So it feels like you are in the online bookstore (but you are not).

ManyBooks: A site dedicated to free ebooks but you can also find the paid version for your considerations too.

Open Textbook Library: The project by the University of Minnesota to provide free textbooks in business, engineering, science, economics, information system, law, medicine and social science. Each book is usually reviewed by university professors from many institutions. The textbooks can be downloaded for free. If you prefer a hard copy version, you can buy it at a low cost.

7. Find Free Ebooks
There are so many sites that you can download ebooks for free. However, there are only 2 major sites that you can download free ebooks legally as below,

- Amazon Kindle Ebook: On Amazon site, there is a dedicated section that you can download free ebooks (and buy discounted ebooks). If you love classic books, romance books, mystery/thriller/suspense books and science fiction/fantasy books, you cannot really miss this section.

- Google Play Ebook: For Android users, Google Play is the biggest library of ebooks for them. Google Play Ebook maintains a section called "Top Free" that you can find top 250 ebooks you can download for free. However, the books here are not sorted by genre the same way as Amazon Kindle Ebook.

Are there other ways you can get books for less?

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Last review and update: November 9, 2020
About the Editor
Ben Benjabutr is the editor of BookWorm4Life. He holds a Master's Degree in business with 10+ years of work experience and 8+ years of experience in blogging and online content production. He enjoys reading books about business, lifestyle and literature and he loves to share what he learns from books. You can drop him a line via e-mail.