Did you know 1 in 4 Americans did not read a book in 2015?
A couple months ago, I made a goal to start reading at least 5 books a month.
I grew up reading books, so much so that I was in a book club and even spent my free time at the library reading a new book, instead of hanging out with my friends at lunch.
I was fascinated by books and the journey they took me on. I made a goal to read every single book in the world when I was in elementary school.
Little did I know that there were millions and millions of books in the world, with many of them being in languages I'd never understand.
Reading is a hobby everyone should partake in. Not only is it a free/inexpensive hobby, there are several other benefits such as:
- Potentially slows down progress of dementia or Alzheimer's
- Stress reliever
- Improve your vocabulary and writing skills
- Increased focus
I recently bought a Kindle and it has been without a doubt one of my favorite presents to myself. If you travel often, the Kindle is a gamechanger since you don't have to carry books in your luggage. Not only that, you get access to millions of books all from one little device.
I bought the non-glare version, which I highly recommend. My boyfriend has a Kindle Fire and he cannot read his books at any time outside or near the sun.
So, if you're a book nerd like me, let's be friends on Goodreads and hit our #bookchallengegoal for 2017!
Below are 10 ways to save lots of cash on books.
1. Use a membership service
An ebook membership service is a great option for people who want cheap books without waiting for books on reserve.
My favorite membership service is Scribd, which gives me 3 books and 1 audiobook each month.
Firstly, let me fill you in on what I do to get the most out of Scribd.
Before I use one of my Scribd credits, I check my local library to see if they have the book. If they do, I save my credit instead.
OR if there's a book that has a crazy wait at my library, I'll go to Scribd instead. For example, a popular book like “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck” usually has 20 or so people in line at my local library, so I'll go to Scribd instead and use my credits there.
You can try out Scribd for free for 30 days, which includes 3 books and 1 audiobook. Scribd only costs $8.99 a month, which breaks down to $2 per book, and they have a massive library of best-selling books to choose from.
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2. Try a free trial of Audible
Audiobooks are a great substitute for times when you can't read, such as when you're driving in your car or walking your dogs. Instead of listening to music, you can do something more productive like listening to a book on self-improvement or a book on a country you're interested in visiting one day.
You can try out a free trial of Audible here. You get 2 free books with your trial, and if you end up not liking the service, you can cancel it at any time.
3. Reserve books online
One of the easiest ways to save money on books is by reserving them online.
Your local library allows you to reserve up to a certain number of books at a time, and will even tell you what number you are in line with the book. This requires a little more patience, but also saves a lot of money on books.
If the book you want to read is not available at your library, you can ask or request your library to get the book.
4. Subscription boxes
Book subscription boxes are premade boxes filled with books and other accessories.
Cratejoy lets you choose from several different book subscription boxes, with prices starting at $9.99 a month. Cratejoy also lets people rate and review subscription boxes, so you can get an idea of what other people think of the service.
I love the idea of getting a subscription box in the mail because you have NO idea what's going to end up in the box!
5. Half Price Books
Half Price Books is a store that sells both new and used books for a fraction of the cost. Though these stores are only in a few states at the moment, they are expanding rapidly all throughout the U.S. If you like buying new books, they have a massive selection to choose from at a discounted price.
6. Book swap
A book swap is a group of people meeting somewhere to swap books. You can also check Craigslist or MeetUp to see if there's a book swap near you. If there isn't a book swap happening in your area, you can throw a book swap of your own with friends, or post flyers around your city to see if anyone is interested in joining your book swap.
Overdrive is a free app that lets you read ebooks and listen to audiobooks for free. All you have to do is connect your library to the app using your library card information.
Then you can start checking out ebooks! The Overdrive app has millions of books, audiobooks, and videos to choose from. I almost never buy books anymore because all I do is check them out immediately, or reserve the book on Overdrive.
8. Sell your books
Selling your books means more money to buy books (and less clutter in the house). Sell your books at places like Half Price Books, Plato's Closet, Craigslist, and Amazon. You'll generally get paid more money for your books on Craigslist and Amazon, however, selling your books at a used bookstore takes little to no time.
9. Buy ebooks instead of print
Ebooks are generally cheaper than print, for obvious reasons. Printed books cost money to make, and ebooks cost little to nothing to make since it's in electronic format.
You also save paper #treehugger, space in your house, and I find that ebooks are way easier to read at night instead of flipping through a bulky book on your bed (I often read laying down sideways).
Am I the only one that likes to use my Kindle versus reading an actual book?
10. Read books for free on Goodreads
Goodreads aka what I spend way too much time on is a website for book lovers. You can check out what your favorite authors are reading, and even ask them questions on the platform.
Not only that, you can write reviews for books you've written, as well as check out reviews of books you're interested in reading. I recently found out that they offer free ebooks on their website, which you can check out here.
Are you a book lover? If so, let me know what you're currently reading in the comments below. My favorite genres are mystery, memoir, crime, personal finance, health and fitness. Whenever I'm not working on my blog or riding my mountain bike, I am reading, so please send recommendations!
How do you save money on books?
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