As any book lover knows buying books is an expensive addiction. I was wondering on what is your approach when deciding to purchase a book or even keeping up with your (ever-growing) reading list. Here are some of the things I do.
- Check Wal-Mart or Target – These stores don’t have a great selection, but they usually have bestsellers at a great discount and most books have at least a 20% off.
- Membership at major book stores – I have a discount card for the two closest to my house. Not only do I get 10% off from my in-store purchase (I know it’s not much), but more importantly, I get free shipping in any on-line purchase.
- Use coupons – The above mentioned book stores send me emails almost every day and most of the time they have coupons that I use when buying hard cover books.
- Check on-line – I do this for the websites of major books stores, The Book Depository, Amazon and other sites and then go for the least expensive. Books purchased on-line are always cheaper than the same book at the store.
- Buy the eBook – eBooks are almost always cheaper than the physical copy of the same book and you can start reading right away. There is always a great selection of free books too.
- Go to the library – I go to the library at least once a week. Not only do I get to read books and listen to books for free, but they also offer books for sale that are very affordable.
- Trade or borrow – Unfortunately, I have the biggest collection of books from anyone I know. The good thing is that my friends get to borrow books from me, but I hardly ever get to borrow theirs. I have traded a few books from other bloggers through the mail and that works well.
- Buy used books – I have done this from other bloggers as well (although I still have to pay shipping). Tragically, I don’t know of any used bookstores in my area (that might be a good thing for my wallet!)
What are some of the tricks that you use? Do you shop around for the best prize or just get whatever you want? Do you only go to the library? Do you only get eBooks?