I’m not going to lie: I’m technically in no need of new books. But even with a collection of over 1,600 already I can’t help but get excited browsing all the titles on the shelves. My husband both laughs and cries a little as I walk out of the stores with my arms spilling over with aerospace textbooks, Stephen King novels, and Titanic references. If you, too, are an avid reader, I’d bet you’re also constantly on the lookout for good deals on your favorite interests. Here are 10 of my favorite places to find discount books!
- Goodwill/Salvation Army – our old Goodwill used to have an entire wall of the store dedicated to used books at only $1-2 apiece
- Used Book Stores – while some are higher priced than others, they usually have a great selection of books in decent shape
- Antique/Consignment Shops – great for older or vintage books
- Flea Markets – these may take some searching, but flea and trader markets typically have small collections here and there
- Yard Sales – many people purge their books for yard sales so be sure to make a stop when you drive by one
- Book Fairs – book fairs or dollar book swaps are popular in cities so look around for news of upcoming events
- Library Sales – from time to time libraries will host book fairs to get rid of excess copies
- Book Swaps – public book swaps are popping up more frequently, or you can always trade with friends
- Used Book Sites – I frequently use the used option on Amazon to get textbooks and hardcovers for a good price
- Free E-books – when all else fails, look online for free e-books (ex. Project Gutenberg)
Do you have any other suggestions on where to find discount or free books? Please leave them in the comments below!