Every avid reader reaches a point where they have to figure out how to score cheap reads, because oops — you spent your paycheck on books. Again! Getting an overdraft notice every time you visit the bookstore is a clear sign that you need to figure out a way to score inexpensive books or books for free.
But there are other warning signs that you have a book buying problem. For example, it’s virtually impossible for you to walk into a bookstore without leaving with a bag of books. You buy new titles on your Kindle, even though your TBR pile takes up half your apartment. You burn through your monthly Audible credit the minute it shows up. You buy every book in the Confessions of a Shopaholic series, and find that you relate a little too much to Becky, only with books as opposed to clothing.
But don't give up hope just yet: there are ways you can keep up your monthly reading routine without sacrificing the rent check. There are plenty of discounts out there for bookworms to score cheap, or even free, books. Here’s how you can add to your collection and still have plenty leftover from your paycheck… to use to buy more books, of course.
1 Paperback Swap
On PaperBack Swap, you can list books you're willing to swap with other members, then trade them for what you'd like to read. If you have a ton of books that you're willing to lend in return for new books, this is the perfect service for you.
Book Mooch is another service like PaperBack Swap: you list what books you have available to trade, mail them out, and then search available books or request what you're looking for.
3 Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers free ebooks of works in the public domain. You can download kindle and epub files of all your favorite classics for free.
If you are a "reader of influence" (for example, a blogger who does book reviews and recommendations), you can get digital galleys (AKA advance copies) of books for free from Net Galley.
7 Your Library and Overdrive
Your library is a great source for renting books — you can also rent digital copies, so if it's hard for you to make time to physically go to the library, you can still make it work. Just download Overdrive to start renting ebooks today.
8 Buy Used
You can always trade in your books at used stores for cash, and find discounted used books to add to your collection. If you don't have a big selection of local used stores, there are also online used bookstores so you can get those novels delivered right to your door.