Today, while at the library I noticed you can now check them out, the same as a book. What a good way to try one out before you buy, or to have someone hospital or bedbound to be able to load with their favorite books without getting out. Our library and Amazon.com have a fairly large selection of books you can download for free.
You can also download the computer software for free that will let you download the e-books onto your computer for free. No gas to get to the library! And, you don't have to worry about over due books and their fees.
By April from NW, MO
My reader was cheaper, because it is a refurbished model. Having had it less than a week, I've found there are numerous web sites whereby one can download freebies.
Our Canadian libraries loan ebooks for two weeks, if one has a Sony. An annual subscription works the same as regular books. My little reader fits into a large pocket, and accompanies me everywhere. I love it.
By joan from Ontario
Tips for a frugal bookworm.
Start a book exchange: Do you have friends or family with similar book interests? Start trading books with them. You can also set a aside a day to discuss the books you are reading and make it a fun, social event. It can be a lot of fun.
My whole family just loves to read. Currently, I probably have about three thousand books here at home. Those were purchased in my "stupid money mode". Now, I have stopped all magazine subscriptions, because they are available at the library, along with most books. The only books I buy now are from garage or library sales where I pay fifty cents or less.
To go along with Lisa's idea, I frequently buy my college textbooks from a website called www.half.com. Saved $200 last semester alone!
Join the friends of the library in your town. Good discounts there too.
However, you can also try http://www.half.com or amazon's used book store prices. The longer you wait to buy a book, the lower the price goes, so I recommend waiting as long as you possibly can. Remember to factor in the shipping costs when doing your price shopping!
The best way to save, however, is to go to your local library and check the book out before making the determination to buy it. Or better yet, check out the hardback from the Library for instant gratification but wait to buy the paperback. By doing this, you can often save 40% or more off the price of books. And by using the Library, you don't clutter up your house with un-read books.
I, also asked a few neighbors if they could pass on magazines to me that they might be recycling. One lady exchanges magazines at the Senior Center and gave me some great ones to read and for crafts. (I'm looking forward to 50 & enjoying the Senior Center's book and magazine exchange!) My sister-in-law was putting magazines in recycling, so I asked and now she saves them for me (Better Homes & Gardens, etc.)
Some libraries have limited storage space and discard older issues of magazines. I'd buy them for 25 cents and sometimes get some for free when I volunteered there. I used to volunteer with Friends of the Library and bought all kinds of great books for my grand-nieces. We're in a prosperous area and have many donations and volunteers. We raised thousands every year to support literacy, children's programs and many other needs despite budget cuts... all by selling hardbacks from 50 cents to $1. Kids paperbacks are 3 for $1.
For children's stories, you could also try library sites and also do a search on "storytellers" or "storytelling". Many professional storytellers post material on-line.
By Harlean from Arkansas
Check out http://www.paperbackswap.com. You might find this site helpful!
You can read out-of-copyright books for free on the internet, on websites like http://www.gutenberg.org/. A lot of older books are no longer under copyright, including all the works of Shakespeare.
By Beth from England
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I also did a bit of searching on google where you actually trade books, videos, games, etc. You list items you have and arrange trades with others for stuff they have. Again, the only real cost is the postage.
So when looking to buy books, I will look at garage sales and thrift stores. There seem to be a lot of people who buy a book and read it once, then get rid of it. Amazon has used book dealers. You can get books for a penny. Most of the books I get with shipping, cost much less than buying them anywhere else and for being used they are in very good condition. Something else I do is trade with a friend. About every 6 months to a year I put a box of books together I don't want to keep and send them to her and she returns a box of books to me. These are great ways to save money on books!
By Crystal from KS
Does anyone out there know of a website that carries really cheap used books? I'm also not too particular about what shape the books are in, as long as they're not missing any pages. Preferably one that has reasonable shipping rate.
For example, Albris Books has a lot of used books from many used book stores, so you have to pay shipping for each book, from each book store. If you buy 4 books from X Bookstore, you pay shipping for those 4 books from X Bookstore. However, if you pick books from another bookstore also, you have to pay shipping for the books you buy from them too. It gets pricey.
I read all the time and even at the local 1/2 price books store, or 1/4 price books store, I can't always find what I want. By the way, Albris will do a book search for you, and will send you an email when it comes in. However, it's on a first come, first serve basis; whoever answers their email first gets to buy the book. Not so fulfilling.
Any help would be appreciated.
Also, I do trade in some of my used books to get credit at the particular used book store, but some stores like Half Priced Books in Houston, TX, USA have given me literally $3.00 for a shopping bag full of books that I brought in.
Thanks very much.
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