9 Easy Ways to Save Money on Books

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To say I read a lot would be a bit of an understatement. Reading has been one of my favorite hobbies since I was a kid when I would sit down with a book and not look up until I had finished the whole thing. I remember going to the library with my dad as a kid and checking out a handful of books to get me through the week.

And it turns out, things haven’t changed much! I’m still reading a ton across just about every genre, and still looking for ways to indulge my reading habit without spending a ton of money on books. Anyone else who loves reading is definitely going to want to check out this list of super easy ways to save money on books!





Invest in a Kindle


Yes, this one requires a bit of an upfront investment, but it totally pays off in the long run! I’ve saved SO much money since I bought my Kindle and stopped paying for books!

When it comes to saving money on Kindle books, you’ve got a few different options:

  1. OverDrive: This where I get most of the Kindle books I read. You get a library card through your local library and set up an account on OverDrive, and then you’re able to rent eBooks! Newer books tend to have a waiting list for them, but I just throw my name on a bunch of different waiting lists and I still get books pretty consistently. Once you’ve got them checked out, you have them for two weeks until they’re deleted from your Kindle.
  2. Prime Lending Library: I haven’t checked out the Prime Lending Library yet since I usually borrow my books from OverDrive, but there are a couple of extra perks with the lending library. First of all, you don’t have to get a library card from your local library. Second, you get to keep the book for as long as you want, unlike OverDrive, which only allows you to keep it for two weeks. The only catch with this one is that you have to have an Amazon Prime Account.
  3. Kindle Unlimited: If you’re okay with paying a monthly fee and feel like you read enough for it to be worth it, you could spend the $10 per month on getting Kindle Unlimited, where you have access to over one million eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines.

One of the best parts about there being so many digital options is that it’s so easy to save money on things like books! As I said, the Kindle is totally worth the investment if you’re someone who really reads a lot. My favorite is the Kindle Paperwhite!


Buy Used


  1. Used Book Stores: I loved second-hand bookstores. A little too much actually, because I usually end up spending way more than I should have! You can find some amazing deals though, usually getting it for less than half the price than if you had bought it new. Half Priced Books is my go-to spot for used books.
  2. Thrift Stores: A friend and I love to hit up thrift stores for clothes, and we always take a walk through the book section as well to look for good deals!
  3. Garage Sales: These are going to be a lot more hit and miss, but you can still find some great books! For many years, my book collection was fueled almost entirely by garage sales because that’s what I could afford. If you look around online, you can often find out ahead of time what a garage sale will be selling so you know if they’ll be selling books.


Trade in Your Current Collection


There are some people who just love to have shelves full of books in their home. I definitely used to be one of those people, but in the last few years, I’ve come to realize that I just don’t have the need or space for that.

If you can bring yourself to get rid of your current books, you could trade them in for new ones you haven’t read yet! Here are a couple different ways you can do that:

  1. Sell Them: You could sell your books and use that money to spend on other books. You could sell them online, at your local second-hand bookstore, or at a garage sale.
  2. Paperback Swap: This is a website that allows you to essentially swap out your current books for different ones. You list the books you’re willing to part with and mail it to whoever requests it from you. Once you’ve done that, you get a credit to choose one book from someone else. You can keep the book when you’re done with it, or swap it again for a different book. The title is Paperback Swap, but it has hardcover books and audiobooks as well!


Hit the Local Library

When all else fails, there’s always the old-school option of hitting your local library!




Do you read a lot? I would LOVE for you to leave a comment and let us know your favorite tips to save money on books!