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Books on a Budget

Updated on October 18, 2013

Inexpensive Summer Reading

Summer is a great time to catch up on reading. Whether it is the newest best seller or the latest by your favorite author getting a good deal on a book is always a plus. Book lovers can spend a lot of money on their books, not to mention taking up a lot of space on shelves once the book is read. There are economical ways to read all year long, plus ways to save that precious shelf and luggage space for more important things when you are heading to the beach.

Half-Price Book Stores

There are half-price book stores in many areas. Often these stores will purchase or repurchase books for cash. The amount depends on the title, the author, and how many of that title they have on the shelf. If a book sits on the shelf in your home collecting dust has it really served its purpose? The customer can turn old books in for cash or just purchase books at a great price. Many are as cheap or cheaper than some of the electronic books.

Lending Service with your eReader

If you are an owner of an eReader you can probably find a good deal that meets your needs. If you haven’t invested in an eReader yet watch for sales and specials. eReaders have great discounts and some free books. Most have libraries where a book can be checked out through the E-Reader Service.

Some services are easier than others to use, but after the first use it will become old hat. Libraries are beginning to lend more eBooks and are working to improve the lending service. Inquire on your next visit to the library and see if there is a title or two you might want to read. The library will tell you any requirements on how long the books may be checked out or any other guidelines regarding the check-out service.

eBooks also have many free classic titles that you have never taken the time to read, or some old favorite that you may want to read again.

Small Libraries or a Book Shelf Reading Exchange

There are small libraries that are free and are popping up here and there that will allow you to take a book if you leave one. Some companies also have a cabinet or room where employees can pick up a book and drop one off to share with other employees. For more information about book exchanges go to

Yard Sales

If yard sales are where you find yourself on Saturday morning, you already know how many good books are out there, especially if someone is moving or downsizing. Often they are among the first items purchased, so go early for a good selection.

Reading can be a bargain all year. Maybe a friend or co-worker will help you start an exchange that fits your needs and budget.

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      Vicki 4 years ago from Louisville, Ky

      Thanks for your comment.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Some good info here. Thanks.