5 Ways to Build Your Book Collection for Cheap

I love books. Like, a lot. That being said, I am not the kind of person who borrows books from the library, reads them, and returns them. When I read a book, I need to keep it forever, which has led to a little overcrowding on my bookshelf.

I love owning books, but I hate buying them. Nobody likes to let go of their money, and newer books can be up to $20 each, which can add up when those books start to pile up. But there’s good news: you don’t have to pay full price for pretty much any book ever.

I’ve rounded up the five best places I know of that you can find books for better prices.

1. Barnesandnoble.com

This may not seem like it fits on this list, because Barnes and Noble certainly isn’t known for their prices. As much as I love walking around the store, I hold myself back when it comes to buying, because their books are actually listed much cheaper on their website. So next time you get a gift card, be sure to check out barnesandnoble.com instead to get more for your money!

2. Bookdepository.com and Thriftbooks.com

Also online sources, bookdepository and thriftbooks are known for their generous discounts on a variety of books from just about any genre you can think of. While I have not yet used these myself, I have heard plenty of positive things about them and will certainly be using them soon!

3. Half Price Books

As you can probably tell by the name, Half Price Books buys used books from its customers and sells them for half of their original price. This is one of the best options I have found, and many of the books are actually in great condition. If you don’t have a store near you, don’t worry: they also have a website! These are mostly older releases, but they also offer current bestsellers at 10% off.

4. Garage and Library Sales

These can be harder to find, but in the summer, garage sales can be a great option. Check your local listings and look around, most of these sales have a table full of old books that can sometimes be 50 cents or less! Also, once a year some libraries will have huge sales and sell books by the bag for very low prices. Around me, they’re usually all around the same time of year, and each neighborhood around me has one. Look around and see what you can find!

5. Amazon.com

Last, but certainly not least, we have amazon.com. This is my personal favorite, and where I have purchased most of the books on my shelf. Their prices are usually a few dollars cheaper than anything you can find in stores, and they usually offer a used option as well. Bonus: if you use Amazon Smile, .5% of all your orders will be donated to a charity of your choice!

I hope this list helps you out, and let me know if there are any that I missed!




2 thoughts on “5 Ways to Build Your Book Collection for Cheap

  1. robertmlenson November 21, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    I’m a Canadian and now living in the Philippines for the past 3 years… So you can imagine the huge book collection I have… This is where everybody laughs until I tell them I have a few hundred books… Traveler’s best friends – Kindle books and ePubs… It’s not paper but it’s still stories… And, as they are on my phone (except for half a dozen which are true paper), all are instantly available to me no matter where I am… As for getting books cheap? The only books I’ve paid for are 3 of the paper bound…

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  2. wildhorse99 November 28, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Garage sales are the best place to get books… Luck is very necessary though!

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