I’m a college student; I am the definition of a financial struggle. You want me to pay for school, books (textbooks –that is), food, and some sort of social life while giving me the enticing opportunity to online shop every day during class? My poor bank account is SHAKING.
While I try to save my money to pay off my endless student loans, new books are constantly calling my name. Thankfully, there are so many options of where you can buy cheap books, or even get them for free!
I just want to let you guys know that this is not a sponsored post, these are just the different resources that I’ve found and personally use a lot for my reading!
- Book Outlet (https://bookoutlet.com/)I love Book Outlet with a burning passion. They have discounted books in every genre and they’re actually popular, well-known books! You can get paper back or hardcover, in good condition or a “scratch and dent” book that shows it’s been loved a little before. Any time I feel like treating myself to some new physical books, this is my first stop for discounted reads!
- Thriftbooks (https://www.thriftbooks.com/) This is another discounted book site! This site has more options than Book Outlet, but it seems to me that the books aren’t discounted as much. The differences in discount mostly vary by book, how recently it was published and what condition it is in.
- Hoopla (https://www.hoopladigital.com/) This a website and app where you can rent audiobooks, ebooks, movies, TV shows or movies for free with your library card! Each library is a little different depending on the contract they have, so with my card I can rent up to 5 items every month but I have heard that some people can get anywhere up to 10 rentals a month. You get the item on your computer/phone for 21 days. If you don’t finish your book by then, no worries, you can rent the same item as many times in a row as you want as long as you haven’t met your maximum rentals for the month. My dad actually introduced me to this app so shout-out Dad!
- Libby (https://meet.libbyapp.com/) Here’s another app where you can rent audiobooks, ebooks or magazines with your library card! You can have 10 items at a time on this app. I have found that the selection on Libby is much larger than Hoopla BUT Libby only has a certain number of copies available at once. If there are only 3 copies of the ebook you want to rent, but all of them are “checked out” you can put a hold on the ebook and you have to wait the estimated time before you can get the ebook. Hoopla, on the other hand, allows for automatic rentals of any materials listed on the app.
- Bookbub (https://www.bookbub.com/) This is a website where you can sign up to receive daily emails containing ebook deals on Amazon. You can input your favorite genres and they’ll email you every day with titles of discounted ebooks and some free ones too!
- Chirp (https://www.chirpbooks.com) This is a partner company of BookBub! They use the same process as BookBub but will send you discounted audiobooks instead of ebooks.
- Goodreads: If you haven’t checked out the Goodreads Giveaways, please do! A lot of people enter them so they can be difficult to win but I’ve won a few and they’re helpful if for nothing other than to expose you to new books!
- YA Books Central lists so many giveaways every month! This list is constantly updated so make sure to check in every once in a while https://www.yabookscentral.com/component/content/article/25-info/10186-this-months-giveaways
- Read It Forward posts occasional giveaways, one at a time, where a new one starts once the previous one ends! https://www.readitforward.com/giveaways/
I hope that this helps any of you out there who are looking for new ways to read books without breaking the bank!
Have you tried any of these book resources? Do you know of any good places to get books while keeping your budget in mind? Let me know in the comments below!
Have a paw-some day!