There is nothing better than getting free books. You may already download your daily free book from our site, but there are many other options out there. We’ve got several ways to get free books, or to at least find cheap books.
Everyone in our family loves to 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. Our older children have to be told to put their books down and go to sleep at night.
Are you like my family? If so, you know that this love of reading can get pretty expensive! Finding free books (or at least cheap books) is necessary on any budget.
TIPS TO FIND CHEAP BOOKS (or even free ones)
1. Free Kindle and 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 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 not nearly as many (and they can be more difficult to look through to find them, as many are just free previews). You can visit Barnes & Noble to see if you can find some that will 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 Swap
This method can 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. It’s an instant way to get free books!
You can then get another one in return! You pay postage for the books mailed to you, and those you want arrive with the 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 need it, you might check your library to check it out for free. There may be a waitlist, 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 bookstore. You may need to visit several of them to track down the one that usually has the titles you want and then, add them to your “must frequently visit” list. You can find cheap books here vs. buying it brand new from a big box retailer or even online.
6. Review Before You Buy
You probably research 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.
There are also other customer reviews you can look over too, to get an idea of what others had to say. Of course, I don’t always rely upon them, unless it is overwhelmingly negative (only because opinions can vary so much).
7. Garage or Estate Sales
Another resource for cheap books is a garage sale! The only downside 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!
The library may seem obvious, but many times, people forget about this option for free books! 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, to make room for newer titles. They are used, but still are ready for reading.
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 great discounts!
10. Rent Books Monthly
Here’s another way to read 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 finish, return them and then get new ones back!
11. Amazon Unlimited Membership
The Amazon membership is also not free, but if you love to read, then it could quickly 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.