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How To Read More Books for Less

Summer’s creeping in and so the reader’s reading more books—is your summer reading bucket list made?

Something I used to struggle with was having enough books to read. I wouldn’t purchase another book until I absolutely had to because they can be so pricy. Now, if you prefer reading digital books, you may not be able to relate; however, for those who, like me, enjoy physical books, I’m sure you’ll understand what I’m saying.

In the past few I’ve found ways to spend a fraction of the price I used to pay. Say goodbye to that $20 book and hello to the same book for $5! How? Well, allow me to explain.

Read More Books with ThriftBooks

ThriftBooks is a website where you can purchase books second-hand. Books vary widely in price based on their condition and type, but you will find books for as little as $2.99!

Each copy you view will have different condition options depending on availability. Conditions range from acceptable to brand new, with the latter being the most expensive. The lower the state, the cheaper the book, and while each book can be different, the lower condition books usually are more worn-out, may have dog-eared pages, or similar things.

Personally, I usually go for books in good to very good condition. These books, I’ve found, are available at great prices and have minimal-to-no damage.

ThriftBooks has a 4.7/5 star rating on Trustpilot with over half a million reviews. They also have a rewards program, and even at the lowest level, you receive eight points for every dollar you spend. When you sign up, you instantly receive 100 points, and 500 gives you enough credit for a $5 book!

Pros

  • Inexpensive books
  • Accessible to many people
  • A broader range of books available
  • Creates less demand than purchasing a new book
  • Different conditions available
  • Can buy both new and used books
  • Rewards program

Cons

  • Book availability frequently changes (if you see a book you want, get it now)
  • Second-hand books don’t support the authors

Thrift Stores

If you prefer seeing books in person before you buy them, then try looking at your local thrift store! You still get the perks of buying second-hand, and you’ll be able to see the condition of the book you’re interested in.

The downside for thrift stores, as opposed to somewhere like ThriftBooks, is that there aren’t any rewards programs, and you may have to visit multiple stores to find books you like.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Creates less demand than purchasing a new book

Cons

  • Second-hand books don’t support the authors
  • There’s not always a great selection (unreliable)
  • Very few/no new books

Garage/Yard Sales

Like buying books at a thrift store, garage and yard sales are great places to find books. Often, you’ll find whole series or collections for sale for only a couple of bucks.

Again, though, like with thrift stores, garage/yard sales require a lot of searching and time to find great deals or books that suit your taste. You may visit ten different yard sales and not find a single book you’re interested in. Although, if you get lucky, you may find a great deal on special edition books, collections, etc.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Creates less demand than purchasing a new book

Cons

  • Requires some searching
  • Second-hand books don’t support the authors
  • Very few/no new books

Libraries

And of course, there’re always libraries! I’m sure you all know how amazing libraries can be, and borrowing books can be more beneficial than purchasing your own copy. However, even if you want to buy books, libraries can be great places for that as well. Many libraries have book fairs, where you can find a ton of books, sometimes for less than a dollar. These are books the library would otherwise be getting rid of, so it’s a great place to check out!

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Endless collection
  • Creates less demand than purchasing a new book
  • Can buy or borrow

Cons

  • Borrowing books don’t support the authors
  • Don’t own the book (if borrowing)
  • Late fees

Recap

All in all, I think buying books second-hand, whether on ThriftBooks or in person, is most often the best route to read more books for less. The books are way less expensive, and it’s better to reuse a copy that would otherwise be thrown away than to buy a brand new one.

That being said, it’s also important to support your favorite authors. So, I like to buy older books second-hand, and for new releases, I like to purchase either the digital or physical book to support my favorite authors!

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