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If you're anything like me, you've had to put yourself on a book buying ban...once or twice or monthly lol 

I literally spend money I don't have on books I probably don't NEED to buy...at that moment. However, I don't feel books should be a luxury we need to do without. So I figured I'd share a list of places you can get books for READ-iculously cheap or FREE ;-)





Thriftbooks.com - This has been a go to for me since college! As the name implies, this is an online used book store. They don't typically have new releases, but they have a large selection of books overall. I've never paid more than $5 for a book I wanted. Also, any books they're unable to sell are recycled rather than trashed!
  • Perks: Shipping is free on orders of more than $10 in the US and for every book you buy from the same seller, you get 50 cents off.
  • Super PERK: Save 15% off your order by using THIS LINK 

BetterWorldBooks.com - This site is great for eBooks, popular fiction and nonfiction. A huge bonus of this site is that for every book purchased, a book is donated to someone in need! So far, over 13 million have benefited from this site's generosity! Also, if you need a book pronto, books can be scanned and delivered to you as an eBook in a few hours :) 

Book Outlet - For those of you who love cheap books but aren't too keen on the idea of them being used, this is your site. You'll find titles marked down by 50-90% and they're NEW! How do they manage that? "Here’s the secret: our books are marked down because most of the titles are marked with a small line or dot on the edge of the book by publishers who sell us their returns and excess inventory. This online book store has thousands of books although the titles may be a bit limited. Regardless, it is totally worth looking into! 


Local Thrift Stores - Seriously, visit your local thrift store's book section and lose your mind! Books found here are obviously marked down in price, but many thrift stores also have deals on certain days. A thrift store near me has half off everything once a week. I've walked out of there buying books in great condition for 25 cents EACH! 
  • FYI: For those interested in hosting a vision board party, magazines for next to nothing can be found in thrift stores! You're welcome ;-) 







Overdrive For all my eBook lovers, this is for you! Borrow and enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your library or school's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection and a library card or student ID. You can search digital books from your library and have them available on your Kindle or eReader of choice immediately! This is definitely worth checking out :) 

Netgalley - I had never heard of this website until I entered the book blogging community. This is a great site for avid readers who are interested in reading and reviewing free books and ARCs (advanced reader copy) with your audience. 

Goodreads - This may be a duh to most readers BUT I have friends who've never heard of this site! If you are one of those, think of Goodreads as Facebook for book lovers and book reviews. In addition to all of its awesomeness, there are regular giveaways you can enter to receive free books! 

Lenro - I can't vouch for this one personally because I haven't used it yet, but I thought it seemed like a cool concept. Its pitch is to borrow, lend and exchange print books with other books lovers in your local community. Check it out if you're interested :) 

The Library - Jenn! The link isn't working. Yeah, I know because I'm talking about an actual library! I recently began to visit my local library and OMG! How did I overlook this "old school" luxury? I love requesting books and then getting notified when books I placed on hold are ready for pick up. It's almost as exciting as new packages in the mail...almost lol 





Have you tried any of these websites before? Where do you get books for cheap/free? 


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35 comments

  1. OMG, I so needed this post right now! I'm headed out on vacation next week, and every time I get on an airplane I seem to go absolutely nuts on a book buying binge! It's insane! This will at least get me to reign it in a bit...

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    1. Yay!!! I'm so happy you found it useful Whitney :)

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  2. Great tips! I love getting audio and ebooks through overdrive and netgalley -- I also add books to my amazon wishlist and then check for price drops -- a lot of books become free or seriously reduced for kindle!!

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    1. Good tip! I haven't used Amazon's wish list like I could
      Thanks for sharing Eva :)

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  3. I'm a huge fan of my local library (for overdrive and physical books) and also my most favorite secondhand bookstore. I haven't heard of all these sites, though, so thanks for the tips!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  4. I LOVE this! Such great tips! I also end up "banning" myself on the regular. I must say that I HAVE gotten better, but it was REALLY bad for a while hahahha. I used to be too scared to request books, even on Netgalley and Edelweiss, but I think that has really been the biggest way I have cut back. I still buy books of course (and even ones I have read and loved that I got as eARCs) but it saves me from spending money on a book I don't like, so that is a huge plus! BookOutlet is my nemesis because I always spend money that I never planned on spending! But I DO want to look at thrift stores though, who knows what kind of gems I could find? Great post!

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    1. I totally get being scared to request books on those sites! lol I think I'm still dealing with that complex haha
      Glad this post was helpful :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Great list of sites...I'm crazy about getting books I don't even have time to read, but I can't help myself. You've given us some very helpful info!

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  6. I get emails from authors reading my book reviews on other authors books who think I would like their books as well. eventually you get so man y arc's to read you can't kept up but it does help with the spending money issue ;)
    Sportochick’s Musings

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  7. Oh, gosh, I have a post on the same topic already written and scheduled for later this month. I'll reschedule it for June or July instead, so I don't overlap yours too much! You have several specific suggestions that I didn't know about, though, and I wrote about some you didn't mention, so hopefully the posts will be different enough.

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    1. No worries Lark! I look forward to reading yours :) Please share when you post
      I'm sure it'll be great

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  8. You mentioned the library, but if your library has a Friends of the Library attached to it then look out for sales. Our library has a huge sale in the Spring and another in the Fall. It's another great way to pick up cheap books.

    You know who else sometimes has book sales? Churches! Google may help with finding some in your area. :)

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    1. You rock so hard! Didn't think about either of those tips! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. I do use Goodreads for keeping track of books available and posting reviews once I've read them. I also use NetGalley...I am enjoying that site a lot. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  10. Great post! I do try to save money on books, because if I paid full price not only do I sometime feel guilty (thinking I should have spent the money on something like gas) but also if it turns out I don't enjoy it much, I feel obligated to trudge through it anyway to get my money's worth.

    I use Netgalley and also I am now once again a proud member of my library system after a few years away when living in a town with no library. I just love the experience of visiting, even if I go away with one book I enjoyed the trip so it's worth it. But usually I go home with a tote bag full and a smile on my face.

    Thanks for your ideas. I will check some out now.
    p.s. another idea: Booksfree-- a monthly plan where you choose a certain amount of paperbacks and they send them timely enough that you always have a book on-hand. I forget how much this service cost--it wasn't free, that 's a poor name :)

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    1. Thanks Rita! I completely agree about the library. I loooove visiting and just getting lost in it all. And oooh cool! Hadn't heard of Booksfree before. Thanks for sharing although I do agree that's a poor name since it isn't free lol bummer

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  11. I love this post, Jenn! I have to confess that most of my savings go to buying books and I'm really working on that! I wish I could use all of these but most are not available for my country. Anyways, we do have thriftshops for books and I always check out their stores. I could score hardbounds for like $4 or less! Also, I've always wanted to check out Better World Books because they have free worldwide shipping but most of the books in their catalogue are those that I have read already haha!

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    1. Thanks so much Inah! That is such a shame :( I wish companies were more proactive in ensuring their products could be shipped internationally. I'm glad you're still able to get great reads in thrift stores in the Philippines! :)
      And look at you being an avid reader lol Maybe we can share books sometimes. I could ship some reads to you and vice versa
      xoxo

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  12. Very helpful post! My wallet has been on a perpetual drought because of books and I could use some helpful tips to spend less.

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  13. I have used almost all the sites you recommended. Once I realized I had 1700 books on my Kindle, I realized I had a problem and had to stop downloading books. Even the free ones!

    I still get books now and then (don't tell anyone), but I have really scaled back! I use the library a lot more now, and overdrive because it hooks up to my library.

    Dena @ Batch of Books

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    1. Lol! Your secret is safe with me Dena :) The library is awesome because you can indulge without having to forfeit permanent shelf space ;)

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  14. HOLY CRAP. Who would have thought there were so many places to buy books?? I don't really use Goodreads as much as I probably should? I don't really get it. teehee! And I have a bad rep with NetGalley seeing as I ordered whole bunch of books prematurely and never got around to reading but maybe ONE of them. SO.... mar anting is seriously low on there. :/

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    1. HAHAH! Keionda! Get it together girl. Don't get blacklisted from Netgalley but yes there are soooo many places to find a good read for cheap
      Glad this was helpful :)
      xoxo

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  15. OMG, This post has been very helpful. I recently got a library card and am avidly scouring Netgalley and GoodReads for books. I've also found some goodies on Amazon for 1 penny (plus 3.99 s&h)

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    1. Woo hoo!!! Yes Amazon will get you with those practically free reads
      My Kindle app is still in recovery from a few of my impulse buys lol :)

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  16. This post was riiiiight on time! I keep buying books and have yet to read what's on my shelf. I didn't realize that there were so many used books resources. Thanks for sharing the knowledge!!

    Jas | www.jasminediane.com

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  17. O'm a regular Library, Overdrive, Goodreads, Netgalley, and Edelweiss user. I used to spend so much money buying books, but since I move last year, I've really started to spend less. I'm lucky with book giveaways this year, for some reason. I wish that luck would extend to the lottery, then I could buy all the books I want. LOL!

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  18. This is awesome! I used to buy used books, but now there are no used bookstores in my area. I'll definitely be checking out that thrift books site and the book outlet one :-D As for ebooks, I do borrow through my library from Overdrive and Hoopla (I can't remember if you need a library card for Hoopla actually...). Hoopla is great because it also has graphic novels and oftentimes different books than what I can get on Overdrive. And of course I use Netgalley and Edelweiss :-) Anyway, I love that you made this list!

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  19. You kind of touched on all the things I do! xD I also use audible. This isn't free BUT if you listen to a lot of audiobooks, it's a good deal since you can get one for like 7$ instead of the 40$ asking price!

    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

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  20. Since moving to the country where the closest library is over 30 minutes away I have had to find my books at thrift stores. One place I shop is at The HalfPrice Bookstore. We have several of them around here. Their clearance rack is the best places to find some good deals!

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