Great Places to Find Cheap (Or Even Free) Books

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. - C. S. Lewis -

There is nothing better than cuddling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea. Books transport us to places we've never seen and allow us to step into the minds of creative authors. The biggest challenge, though, is that we do not have an unlimited budget when it comes to book purchases.

Building a book collection can get quite expensive. Fortunately, there are many places that offer cheap (and even free) books - and I'm not talking about your local library here. The internet is packed with cheap subscriptions and free book swapping websites, each offering a wealth of reading materials to book lovers.

Here are some of my favorite places to hunt for books when my reading mojo is in full gear.

Book Mooch

Book Mooch is a fantastic community that allows you to exchange your old novels and hardcovers for new and interesting reads. After reading, you can keep the book forever or enter it back into Book Mooch for someone else to claim.

In order to "mooch" or borrow books from other members, you'll first need to earn points by giving away a book or typing a new title into the system. Points are used when you receive a requested book from another member or when you donate them to charitable causes that Book Mooch supports. So, go ahead and send storybooks to sick children in hospitals!

There are no charges for registration or membership. The only expense you'll ever incur is postage to mail reading items to others. However, this is well worth it given the amazing reads that you can get in return.

Paperback Swap

Packerback Swap is another great website where you can trade books for free. All you have to do is list a book you're looking to swap with other club members, and if your book has been requested, just mail it to the person who requested it.

You can trade hardcopies, e-books, and audio books on Paperback Swap. Active club members are rewarded with access to over 4 million titles, and you don't have to worry about mailing charges when receiving a book, or any late fees and hidden charges.

Dover Publications

There is an extensive collection of low priced e-books found on this site in more than two dozen categories. With such low prices being charged for most titles, the number of e-books you can buy is only limited by the space on your device or budget.

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited Program

If you're looking for a great bargain when it comes to books, then you may want to consider joining Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program.

Unlike Dover Publications, where every book comes with a price, Kindle Unlimited charges a flat fee of $9.99 per month. In return, you'll get access to over 700,000 book titles at no additional cost. Audio books are sometimes available (depending on the book publisher), and this is perfect for those who prefer to listen to a book while driving to work.

My favorite titles include a few New York Times best sellers and the complete Harry Porter series. Amazon offers a 30-day free trial so be sure to take advantage of that to start your reading journey.

What makes the Kindle Unlimited program stand out for me is that you don’t have to purchase a Kindle device like the Kindle Voyage in order to read books. In fact, you can read your books anywhere: on your smartphone, tablet, computer, and even your browser.

As you go through my suggestions, keep in mind that the four websites listed above are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding good books for your reading pleasure.

Happy reading!​

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