Being a bookworm can get pretty pricey, what with all those delicious new releases you just have to rush out and buy, and all those series where you just have to read the next book RIGHT NOW! So here I’ve compiled a few tips on how to be a bookworm on a budget:
- Go to the library
Back when I was a kid, I was never out of the local library: my Mum would take me after school and I would never leave with less than a good armful of books, and I religiously took part (and completed) the summer reading challenge every year. However, for several years I just stopped going for some reason, perhaps because I was a moody emo teenager and ‘libraries aren’t cool’, or maybe because I racked up a hefty 50p fine I really didn’t want to pay back. It’s only been in the past few months that I’ve rediscovered the library and it has saved me loads of money already. Now when there’s a book I want to read the first thing I do is check the online library catalogue to see if it’s in either my local library or the big one in Liverpool before I even think about trying to buy it.
- Buy second-hand
Ebay and Amazon are great places to get books at a low price, particularly if it’s an older book. Personally I managed to buy all my books for university very cheaply through Ebay, and I’ve bought cheap copies of everything from the Mistborn trilogy (pretty hefty books which cost a fortune from an actual book shop) to the complete works of Shakespeare on Amazon by clicking through the ‘Used’ link to find listings for second-hand books. You could also check out second hand bookshops and charity shops for bargains!
- Take advantage of offers
Most bookshops do offers on best selling books: for example both Waterstones and W.H. Smith always have a wide selection of books on ‘buy one, get one half price’ and supermarkets (in the UK at least) like Tesco and Asda commonly have 2 for £7 offers on, although the selection tends to be small. It’s also worth checking out discount bookshops for bargains: I got a copy of The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes from a discount bookshop for only £2, as well as a hardback copy of Half A War by Joe Abercrombie for only £4 (a huge bargain considering how new it was at the time).
- Borrow from a friend
Whilst this isn’t really an option for me seen as my only real life bookish friend now lives in Canada, if your friends are fellow readers then you could swap and borrow books between you. This would work particularly well if it’s with a friend you know has a similar taste in books to you as you could discover some more books that are right up your street!
- Sell your old books
One way of getting together some money to buy some shiny new books without dipping into your pay cheque would be to sell your old ones. I have sold the odd book on Ebay, and whilst there isn’t a huge amount of money in it unless your either selling a large volume of books or particularly valuable books it can be worth doing just to get rid of some clutter and make a bit of money whilst you do it.
- Enter giveaways and request ARCs
If you’re a regular reader of blogs you could enter giveaways for a chance of winning some books, or as a blogger you could request ARCs and get to read new releases even before the release date! However, you should of course only request ARCs if you genuinely intend to read and review them, seen as that’s what they’re for.
So how do you save money on books? Any more tips for how to be a bookworm on a budget?