9 Places to find Cheap (or Free!) Books

Monday, July 03, 2017

I absolutely love reading, and whilst I really want to support independent book shops, I find that their books can be very expensive. At this moment in time we are trying to massively cut down our spending in order to save for a wedding and a house deposit, so spending lots of money on books just isn't an option for me. Luckily I've found that there are loads of places to get cheap (or even free!) books, and I have saved myself a small fortune. Sharing is caring and all that, so I thought I would share with you my top tips for finding bargain books:



I've found that the cheapest place to buy physical books is in a charity shop, and you can really find some good bargains. I love popping in to our local ones to have a quick browse, but I've had to stop myself recently as I really need to finish reading all of the books I already have! As amazing as charity shops are for finding cheap books they're not great when you are looking for a specific book as obviously they have a constantly changing stock.


I buy a lot of my books second hand, and I've found that Amazon is a great place to source used books as you can search for the exact book that you are after. To get the second hand books you simply search on Amazon as normal, and then where it displays the price it will give you the option to see offers of used books. These are often as little as a penny, but then you do have to pay for postage so it usually works out at £2.81 per book. I would definitely be wary of what quality book you choose; as a general rule I try to get ones deemed 'very good' as often those considered 'good' are a bit battered.


When I'm after new releases I like to see if they are included in the Amazon 3 for £10 deal. There's always lots of really good titles included, and postage is free which means each book works out at £3.33 which is a bargain! I placed an order for three new books using this deal last week, and they arrived really quickly. I can't wait to get stuck into them!


Another great place to look for cheap books on line is on the Book Depository. They have hundreds of titles to choose from at reduced prices and offer free worldwide delivery which is brilliant. I am signed up to a cash back service which gives me 4% back from every order I place on the Book Depository, so it is definitely worth looking into similar if this interests you (for reference, I use swagbucks).


I also like to buy cheap books in the supermarket, where they are often priced around £3 or on a two for £7 offer. They don't normally have a particularly big selection, but if you are after a new release they are a great place to look for a good deal.


Of course, I couldn't write this post without mentioning the most obvious place to get books for free - the library! I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with mine, but that's because I'm terrible at returning books on time which means I always have to pay late fees. I am just not organised enough to use the library efficiently, and they don't always have the book that I am after, but it is a great place to start. I'm definitely going to try and make more use of ours (and start returning my books on time!)


Something that I didn't know existed until this week is an online eBook collection made available through my local library. I believe that this is a national scheme, so it is definitely worth checking if it is something you can access. For tablets, the library uses an app called Libro which you simply download and then log in using your adobe log in and your library card number and pin. It honestly only takes two minutes and then you have access to hundreds of books for free!


If you are after an old book it is worth checking whether it has been released into the public domain, as you can often find a copy online for free. This is great if you like to read ebooks as you can download them straight on to your tablet. A good website to try is feedbooks, but I'm sure there are many others. I've only downloaded one book so far, but I will definitely be getting more in the future when I want to read some classics.


My final suggestion is simply to swap books with your friends! This is free, and everything comes recommended. I love doing this, and often swap books with one of my colleagues at work. We have different taste in books, so she lends me ones I wouldn't have considered myself and I always absolutely love them.

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  1. All really great resources, Chantal - I'm a fan of Amazon's 3 for £10 + the supermarket + making the most of my local library.

    Being that I'm a book blogger alongside my lifestyle blog, I'm able to request books from Netgalley, which is site where you can request review ebooks from publishers in exchange for your honest opinion, and this is where I get most of my newer released titles from; a resource I'm very thankful for!

    1. Thank you Jade! Oh thats amazing - what a good way to get new books! x


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