11 Ways To Score Free (or Pretty Inexpensive) Books!

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How to find free books (or at least cheap ones you can read)


My kids love to read.  My youngest can’t go to bed at night without her Dad or I reading her something from the pages of her latest library book — or one of those old standby favorites.  Our son loves to spend those last ten minutes at night reading before he turns out the lights.  The same holds true for our oldest daughter.

I love to read, but have to be careful because it seems that the minute I open the pages, I get sucked in and can’t stop until I reach the end!  Needless to say, I don’t read as much as I would like to because I don’t have the time.

Are you like my family?  If so, you know that this love of reading can get pretty expensive!  Here are TEN ways to score either free books — or at least find them discount!


1.  Free Kindle and/or Nook Books.

Each day, we post a round up of several free books.  We try to mix up the list as much as we can, but you can actually check them out yourself too!  Just visit the Cheap Reads page on Amazon to catch the latest freebies.

If you use a Nook reader, they also offer free books, but nearly as many (and they can be more difficult to actually look through to find them…..as many are just free previews).  You can visit Barnes & Noble to see if you can find some which work for you.

Remember that you do not need to own a Kindle to read these books. You can download the free Kindle app to your tablet, smartphone or other electronic device and can read any Kindle books.


2.  Book Swaps.

This method can actually serve a dual purpose.  You set up a party so you can catch up with your friends (bonus 1) and you all bring the books you are through reading and then swap with one another (bonus 2).  You can get rid of those books you’ve finished with and get some new ones in the process — all for free!!


3.  OnLine Swap.

PaperbackSwap.com is a great site where you can trade out your old paperback books for new ones.  You just list a book you want to trade out and then send it to the person who asks for it.  You can then get another one in return!  You will need to pay postage on the books you send out, those which are sent to you are sent postage paid.  You can then keep the book, or turn around and swap it again when you are through!


4.  Skip the new release.

Rather than rush out and grab that newest title, you should wait for a while.  The price will drop after some time.  If you really need it, you might check your library to check it out for free.  There may be a wait list, but your patience can pay off in savings!


5.  Check Out Used Book Stores.

It is amazing what you can find when you visit your book store.  You may need to visit several of them to find the one that usually has the titles you want and then, add them to your “must frequently visit” list.  You can find these books at a much lower cost than if you purchased it brand new from a larger book store or even online.


6.  Review Before You Buy.

You probably do research on appliances, vehicles and more before you spend your hard earned money and the same holds true for books.  You can often preview pages on sites such as Amazon (even if you plan to purchase the book at your local store).  You will be able to make sure it is what you are looking for.

In addition, there are also other customer reviews you can look over too, in order to get an idea of what others had to say.  Of course, I don’t always rely upon them, unless it is overwhelmingly negative (simply because opinions can vary so greatly).


7.  Garage or Estate Sales.

You can often find books at amazingly low prices.  The only down side is that the selection may be more limited.  If you are visiting an Estate Sale, you have greater chances of finding some of the older titles you may want — especially some of the classics!


8.  Library.

This seems obvious, but many times, people forget about this option!  Of course, if you do not return them timely, you will have to pay a late fee.

Make sure you also ask your library about Library Book Sales.  They will sometimes sell old books and movies, in order to make room for newer titles.  Sure, they are used, but that doesn’t mean they are not still perfect to read.


9.  Shop Online Outlets.

These can be a great way to find titles at reduced prices.  Many times, the books have been read only once, which makes them in excellent condition.  A couple of sites to check out are HalfPriceBooks.com and Half.com.  Both offer some really great discounts!


10.  Rent Books Monthly.

Here’s another way to score books at a discount.  You can actually RENT them.  Books Free is a service which is much like HuluPlus and other sites.  You pay a monthly fee and get to rent a select number of books.  When you are done, you return them and then get new ones back!


11.  Amazon Unlimited Membership.  

This is also one which is not free, but if you love to read, then it could easily pay for itself.  An Amazon Unlimited membership runs $9.99 a month.  This fee allows you to enjoy more than 1,000,000 books and magazines.  Best of all, this includes not only Kindle books, but also Audiobooks as well.  There is no limit to the number you can access each month.

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    • Dawn says

      Another way to get books to read for free is through Little Free Libraries. These are little libraries that look like mail boxes / bird houses in peoples front yards, or parks where you can ‘take a book, leave a book’. To find a Little Free Library near you, check out their website http://www.littlefreelibrary.org. There are even instructions on the website on how to build your own Little Free Library.