“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
– Margaret Fuller
Reading is a very important part of a man’s lifelong education, but it can also become an expensive practice.
With the price of new books growing all the time, many men simply cannot afford to get many books.
However, that need not be. By looking in the right places and knowing the best ways to save, you can fill your own personal library… without emptying your bank account.
If you like in or near a large city, you will probably have access to a well-stocked public library.
Although you may have to wait a few weeks for even months for a book if other patrons are already waiting for it, using your local library system can help you avoid spending any money on books… as long as you remember to return them on time.
Unless you need a book immediately, your public library system can give you a free way to get it.
#2 Free eBooks
With the growth of the internet, you can now find many books for free online.
These books are in electronic form, so you have two reading options:
- Reading Electronically (off your computer or handheld device)
- Print The Entire Book (this method is probably as expensive as simply buying the book)
If you do not mind reading off an electric screen, this system can save you a lot of money.
#3 Online Used Bookstores
You can also look for good deals on auction sites, such as Ebay.
Whenever you buy anything used online, you need to be very careful who you buy from. Even on a reputable site like Amazon, the used books are supplied by individual resellers who may or may not be trustworthy. Before buying, look at the seller’s rating to see what past buyers have experienced.
Because you are faced with so many different online bookstores, it is difficult, if not impossible, to look at each site and compare prices. Thankfully, you can use a comparison site, such as Google Shopping or Book Finder, to compare the prices from hundreds of different stores all at once!
By buying used books online, you will nearly always get substantial discounts off the retail price.
#4 Brick-and-Mortar Used Bookstores
Although not as easily accessible as online bookstores, you can also look for deals at old-fashioned, brick-and-mortar stores.
The prices at these stores vary widely and are often higher than those of online stores because of higher overhead costs.
However, since you do not have to pay any shipping, you can still potentially save money by buying from local used bookstores.
#5 Thrift Stores
Although these stores do not focus on books – their main products are normally clothes – many second-hand stores will have a small used book section.
If you are looking for a popular book at a cheap price, you might be able to find it at a thrift store. If, however, you are looking for a less common book, you are not very likely to find it.
Thrift stores often have the lowest prices, but they also have the smallest selection.
#6 Library Sales
Most libraries hold occasional library sales in which they sell old or rarely-borrowed books at very low prices.
Unfortunately, these sales are often badly publicized, so you will have to be investigative to find out about one. In addition, many of the books sold at these sales are old and in bad condition, so you will have to be very choosy.
At the same time though, you can find some real jewels if you have time to separate the junk from the useful.
#7 Remaindered Book Sales
When publishing companies print too many copies of a book or bookstores buy too many, they often sell the extras at very low prices.
You can find these books online using a site such as Hamilton Book.
These books are new and in great condition, but they simply did not happen to be as popular as expected.
#8 Online Book Swaps
A few websites online (such as Book Crossing) offer book swapping opportunities.
On these sites, you can “sell” your old books and get points that will then let you “buy” a new book. All you really pay is the shipping cost.
While this is a clever idea, most of the books available on these sites are valueless fiction novels that are not even worth reading.
If you can find truly useful books, however, this system can really save a lot of money.
How do you save money on books?