Saving money on books

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e-books in general may be overpriced, but there does exist a lot of free ones too. It is recommended that you get a mobile device so you can read books when you're away from the computer if you don't already own one (most Americans do these days.) Some sites to get them from include ManyBooks.net, Project Gutenberg, as well as some popular commercial book sellers like Amazon and B&N. Doing a Google search for this term can also pull up some good results. Although not free in the long run, a site called eBookr lets you download and read an unlimited number of e-books for one low cost subscription. They do offer a 3 day trial, however.

About how much do you spend on books each year that aren't for school?

  • $20 or less
  • $20-60
  • $60-120
  • over $120
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Swap books and rent books

How about you do a better job at Spring cleaning by getting rid of some books you don't need anymore? You can also get the ones you need in exchange. This site will help you to find a good book swapping website.

Campus Books is a great site for students who want used textbooks at the lowest price, and you can sell old books there as well. You can also see which sites you can rent whichever books you're looking for, a smart way to avoid paying the full price.

If you're not specifically looking for textbooks, and/or you want to be able to rent audio books as well, BooksFree is a valuable website to get a membership at. Here, you'll find titles that are for casual and serious reading.

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Additional tips


  • Find garage sales and used book stores in your area.


  • Check sites like Craigslist to see if anyone wants to get rid of their books for free or for a small price.


  • If you really enjoy shopping at bookstores, see if they have a nice rewards program you can sign up for. Also, buying new books isn't necessarily too expensive if you can find ones that are on clearance or if there are special deals going on.


  • Don't forget that eBay, Amazon, and other legitimate auction websites can be excellent places for finding inexpensive books.

Additional tips

  • Find garage sales and used book stores in your area.


  • Check sites like Craigslist to see if anyone wants to get rid of their books for free or for a small price.


  • If you really enjoy shopping at bookstores, see if they have a nice rewards program you can sign up for. Also, buying new books isn't necessarily too expensive if you can find ones that are on clearance or if there are special deals going on. Just remember that if its on clearance, that means not enough people were interested in it.


Don't forget that eBay and other legitimate auction websites can be excellent places for finding inexpensive books.

 Last updated on July 20, 2013

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