Many people are put off reading by the price that they think they’ll have to pay for books.
Books are a big business and continue to make millions for authors and publishers alike – however, you don’t have to spend serious amounts money to get reading.
There are loads of cheap ways that you can get your hands on books, as long as you don’t mind buying second hand or purchasing items that are a little worn around the edges. Thanks to advancing technologies, there are also few cheap ways of reading books online too.
Here are our top tips on getting books on the cheap – happy bargain hunting!
Use a Library
This first option is a bit of a cheat as you won’t be keeping any of the books that you read, however (as long as you hand your books in on time) you should be able to read as much as you like for free! Most towns and cities have their own libraries with a good collection of books from a variety of genres – you can access a lot of these online, allowing you to check what they have and even order in particular titles.
Car Boot Sale
Second-hand books don’t get much cheaper than at car boots. If you’re not too fussed about the condition of the books that you’re reading then these can be great places to pick up cheap reading material. Car boot salesman are usually eager to flog as much stuff as possible, so expect to leave a sale with more than just a few books under your arm!
It might be hard to believe, but the multi-billion dollar company that now sells everything under the sun, first started life as an online book store. Their aggressive undercutting of high-street prices led to them quickly diversifying to the departments, but they still sell books at a cheap price! Book sellers also sell their wares through the shopping portal with prices as low as 1p (not including postage)!
Although the golden age of charity shops might well be behind us no, (thanks to bargain hungry hipsters), you can still pick up good deals on books if you look in the right places. The ‘big brand’ charity shops like Oxfam are best avoided as they often price their books a little higher than the smaller charities. You might have to hunt quite hard for the book you’re looking for, but the prices in these places will be better than any other high-street shop.
Thanks to the open-source nature of the internet and the way copyright laws work, you can often find complete text files of classic book and plays for free online. Sites like the Literature Project host complete copies of many classic works of literature that are considered as ‘must-reads’ by the reading community. You can either print out these yourself, or save on paper and read online.
Finally, when all else fails, you can guarantee that you’ll be able to find the book you’re looking for on eBay. This is one of the best sites for locating specific editions of novels as it pulls in listings uploaded from all over the world. Similar to the independent sellers on Amazon, you can often pick up very cheap deals on books here, but it’s important to pay attention to the delivery charges, especially if they’re being delivered from outside the country.