If you are an avid reader like me, it can really have an
effect on your bank account. Here are my top places to get bargain books.
Library– Of course, the library is the number one place to get books. Not only
is it free to borrow physical books but most libraries have expanded to loaning
out ebooks as well. On top of borrowing books, public libraries may also have a
small section of books for sale or for free. These books are typically older
books that are no longer being checked out at a rate sustainable for the
library. Bonus if the books are for sale you will know that you are
contributing to your local library programs and collection.
Store– Brand New books for $1! Heck, yes! Most of the books are overstock
or lesser known titles. My local store
typically carries general fiction, mystery, religious, and self-help titles. Of course, the availability and selection will depend on the store in your area.
Checking Out Titles at the Dollar Store!
Store– Books are generally priced in the $5 and below range. There are
books of all genres typically available. The downside is the quality of the book.
There is no guarantee that pages won’t be marked up, have personalized stickers
and stamps from strangers and occasionally a missing page or two. So while it’s
a great place for books on a budget be sure
to check the book thoroughly for damage.
Store Clearance Bins– Grocery stores usually only sell best sellers, and there is a high rate of rotation. That
means you can generally find brand new bestsellers on clearance from 10% up to 50% off
the cover price.
So many Books at the Thrift Store
Clearance– Brick and Mortar bookstores
are fifth on the list because they generally have lower discount rates on their
books. You may pay more at a local bookstore than larger chain stores, but I like to shop local as much as possible.
Internet– The internet is last on my list simply
because you can’t physically inspect your book before it arrives. Even more
reputable dealers like Amazon and Barnes and Nobles can have bad print runs
with blurry covers or cut off text.
Where do you get your bargain books? Drop suggestions and links in the