Five On Friday : Five Ways To Save Money on Books

I don’t know about you, but I love a good deal, especially when it comes to books. As someone who reads constantly, I am well aware how quickly book purchases can wrack up–especially when buying those glorious, matching hardcovers. Luckily, over the years, I’ve become very adept at saving money on my reads. But I’ve found that many other book enthusiasts don’t actually know about these ways to save money, so I thought it was time to spread the word.


After all, money saved is more money to be spent on future books! 😉 Here are my top five ways to save money on books!


1. Borrow

  •   The Library – I feel like a lot of people forget about local libraries, or don’t realize just how helpful they can be in this day and age. Not only do most libraries still allow you to check out physical copies of books, but they also offer library sales with deeply discounted books that support the library itself, and most importantly, ebooks! You can literally download digital copies of books straight to your e-reader, smart phone, or other device, as well as place holds on digital copies of new releases. Some libraries also offer audiobook downloads. Many libraries even use convenient apps like Libby, Overdrive, or Axis 360. You don’t have to go to a physical library unless actually want to.   
  •  Amazon Prime – If you’re already an Amazon Prime user, there’s plenty of books for you to borrow in the  Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Also there is the Amazon First Reads program, which is also part of Amazon Prime, and allows members to pick from several unreleased books every month. 


2. Review 


For those willing to review consistently, websites like NetGalley, Edelweiss, or BookSirens offer free books in exchange for reviews. These copies are usually advanced reader copies (ARCs), making it possible to read books that haven’t even been published yet, as long as you write reviews for every book you receive. Please note, that though these ARCs don’t require you to buy them, they definitely require you to work and to write for them.

As there are tons of bloggers and reviewers out there requesting books to review, publishers are inundated with review requests. They will choose the reviewer/blogger who will reach the biggest audience or generate the most buzz about the book with their review. That means that the higher your review percentage, social media presence, and quantity and quality of reviews, the more likely you are to receive books to review. My advice for you is to start with reviewing books you already have and building presence, and then to start requesting, don’t be afraid of rejection–it will happen–but keep writing reviews and you will get approved for ARCs more and more.


3.  Newsletters

  •  BookBub allows you to sign up to get tailored ebook deals sent right to your email. This is hit or miss for me, sometimes there’s absolutely no deals that I’m interested in and other times I find I’m buying several books for as low as $2. You can also browse on their website for other types of recommendations. 
  •  Book Riot also has newsletters for deals and giveaways.
  •  Amazon also has Kindle Daily Deals (Goodreads Deals has merged with this)
  •  Tor Books (my favorite publisher) also has a newsletter, which gives out one free book a month.


4. Giveaways 

  •  Goodreads has plenty of these. 
  •  Book Riot has an email newsletter specifically for giveaways. 
  •  You can also look in the book communities on Twitter, Instagram, and so on and so forth, for independent giveaways.


5. Buy Used 

As a bibliomaniac, I look for books anywhere I go–at least back when I left the house before the Coronavirus. You never know what kind of treasures you’ll find in unsuspecting places, like thrift stores. In particular, library sales are some of my most anticipated events of the year. You can get physical books for as little as $1 or $2 and your purchases support the libraries, which are severely underfunded and underappreciated. I also was a frequent flier of my local paperback trade, which let me trade in books for store credit. A percentage of that credit can be used towards the purchase of new books (think of it like a Gamestop, but for books).


For those like myself who are staying home due to COVID19 or are just plain introverts and prefer to stay home, don’t worry. There are still plenty of places you can save money on books online! Many of these stores also provide curbside pickup, if you happen to be close enough. (And places that aren’t Amazon as well.)

  •  Alibris: offers both new and used books, textbooks, music, movies, and more. Sign up for their email newsletter for an instant $5 coupon. And they’re currently having a weekend sale. What are you waiting for?
  • Barnes and Noble: They have an online sale section, which is usually my first stop in the physical store. Barnes and Noble also offers a membership program, which will save you 20% off your purchases when you first sign up, gives you free shipping on all orders, and many other perks.
  •  Books-a-Million: This bookstore sells both new and used books, offers a yearly membership to discount purchases, and also offers pretty deep discounts here.
  •  Book-Outlet: They offer books at criminally low prices and free shipping on orders over $35.
  •  Better World Books: Their book prices are already super low, but they also have a bargain bin! And it appears that they offer free standard shipping in the US and the UK.
  •  Half Price Books: They sell more than just books, but also textbooks, music, movies, puzzles, and other gifts!
  •   Powell’s Books: Their claim to fame is being the world’s largest independent book store. They offer free shipping on orders over $50 and sell both new and used books.
  •  Thriftbooks: They sell millions of used books, including first editions, at low prices! And they ship in 100% recyclable packaging for those that are nature conscious. And they offer free shipping in the US for orders over $10. It’s no wonder that there motto is read more, spend less.



Me, visualizing all the books I can buy now that I’ve saved so much money! I hope you learned some new ways to save money on books as well! Happy purchasing 🙂



Five on Friday : Five Ways to Save Money on Books - Blogging with Dragons

Posted September 11, 2020 in Book Reviews, Five on Friday


2 responses to “Five On Friday : Five Ways To Save Money on Books

  1. I wish my library had more recent releases in English. Their section is already limited and not even requesting helps really. But at least I shop second-hand occasionally so that’s something at least. ?

    • Aw no! I’m sorry to hear that your library’s selection is so limited. ? I hope you can at least find some great deals on some books–both used and new.

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