You see a bookstore and your eyes light up. You hear about the latest book on a top ten list and you must have it to see what the hype is about. There is a movie coming out based on a book, and your rule is to read it first. But alas…your pockets are bare. If you are addicted to books but don’t have the budget to accommodate your habit, there are a few ways to get your fill.
Visit a local library – there is no better way to get free books than to visit your local library, or even one at a campus if you are in school. This way you can read a book, fall in love with a story, and then decide if it a must have for your collection. Today, you don’t even have to take the time to search the bookshelves. Most libraries have been keeping up with technology, so you can reserve the book online and receive an alert when it is ready for pick up.
Books at a discount – search flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, hospitals, and even some libraries sell donated books at a bargain. You can sometimes find rare books this way, old childhood favorites, and many in excellent condition. Not everyone is as sentimental about books as some readers, so be on the lookout for other unusual places that may sell them.
Used bookstores – you may be one of the fortunate few to have one or two used bookstores in your city or town. You can definitely find bargains there, and some even take trades. So go through your collection and see if there are any you are willing to give up, then replace them with others on your reading list.
Ask around – strike a conversation with your family, friends or co-workers about the books they read. Many people will read a book once and stick on a shelf, or donate them afterward. Someone may even know a bookstore rep, known for giving away sample books. Let them know to keep you in mind when they have unwanted books.
Also remember to donate your own books if you have too much inventory. There are many good causes that will take them off your hands: homeless shelters, churches, school, libraries or even reach out to a family who would love them. Put some in a care package for soldiers or find a coffee shop that will set up a free book shelf for its patrons. There is always someone out there in need of a good book.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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