I’m an avid reader of all sorts: history, self-help, fiction, religious, you name it. I’m always looking for resources for cheap books, and I’ve saved thousands of dollars by being smart about my purchases. Of course, the library is a great resource for borrowing books, but sometimes I forget to return my borrowed books. I prefer to pick up a book for my collection if I can get it at a great price.
Four of my favorite resources for cheap books are the library, Goodwill (or any thrift store), Amazon, and Paperbackswap.com. I get most of my books from one of these four locations.
Cheap Books at the Library
Recently, I traveled to Alpine, Arizona and stopped in at the local library branch. I was impressed by the assortment of magazines and books all for only .25 each. Since I have a growing pile of books, I chose to purchase All You and Woman’s World magazines for the ride home. While my kids were in the free Wifi room, I read a few chapters from Survival Mom, by Lisa Bedford and got a few tips for food storage.
Cheap Books at Paperback Swap
Paperback swap is an online book swap community. It’s free to join and you get 2 free books to start. You post the books that you have available for sale, and request books that you want. When a member requests your book, you’ll send it to them and receive a credit for your efforts. Once you find a book that you want, you simply use one of your credits and a member will send it to you. Click here to learn more.
Cheap books at Goodwill
Goodwill is resource for cheap books. If you have a Goodwill, check with them to find out when they have sales, such as 1/2 price Saturdays or 1/2 price colored tags. I’ve wanted to read Escape by Cubical Nation by Pam Slim for about a month now. Luckily for me, I picked it up during the last 1/2 price sale for $1.50. I’ve also picked up a few Seth Godin, Dave Ramsey, and other great reads there.
Cheap Books at Amazon
If you have the Kindle App you can download free or cheap e-books on Amazon.com. Last year I picked up Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey for $1.99. That’s one great business book.
Share Your Resources for Cheap Books
I’m always on the hunt for more resources for cheap books. I’ve seen great deals at library fundraisers, yard sales, second-hand book stores, dollar stores, and sometimes at the local grocery store. Where do you get your cheap books at?