TIPS OF THE DAY
Summer reading by the pool is a very relaxing and rewarding activity, but for bookworms who can read multiple books each week, it can be expensive. Of course, there is always your public library, but if you are looking for other affordable alternatives to pay full price for books then you are in luck. Read on to find out how you can get great deals on books:
First of all: the classics. If you want to read them for free, check out Project Gutenberg, which has an extensive library of over 45,000 titles in English, as well as others in French, German, and Portuguese. The site does not require registration or payment, although it does accept donations in order to continue adding new, quality titles to its database of online and downloadable ebooks.
Free books on Amazon
If reading overpriced (and overpriced) new releases isn’t a priority for you, check out the best free books in the Amazon Kindle store. Often times, new authors want to generate interest in their novels and offer them for free early on in order to get more attention to their book through word-of-mouth reviews and recommendations. If you take advantage of the free selections from the Kindle Store, it’s always nice to leave a review with the author (good or bad, any kind of feedback is worth it).
Book Blog Gifts
Do you frequent other people’s blogs for book recommendations? If so, you might have seen them throwing giveaways every now and then and if you don’t enter these contests you might be missing out on free books! It’s for advertising, sure, but it’s a win-win for everyone because you could get a free advanced copy of a book, so why not give it a try?
Create your own blog of books
If you are truly a voracious reader and want to let the world know about your literary likes and dislikes, then why not start a blog? Once you’re established, you can potentially request ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) from publishers, thereby getting a book before most people have a chance to read it. The key is to blog about every book you read, preferably in a genre niche (like Romance or Young Adult), which will give you more credibility when approaching publishers for ARCs.
For $ 8.99 per month, you can browse millions of online publications (including many bestselling books) through Scribd. There is no limit to the number of books you can read, and Scribd is available on multiple digital platforms: iPad, iPhone, Android, and desktop browsers. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, Scribd even offers a free trial for those who create an account.
Book Trading Sites
If you prefer the paper versions rather than the online versions of the books, you can consider a book selling website, such as Paperback Swap or BookMooch. These sites are free; all you have to do is sign up and donate some of your own books in addition to asking others for books (it’s not fair to just ask, of course). On some sites (such as BookMooch) you get points for sending your books to other readers and, in turn, use the points you accumulate to request books. Browse the different sites to find the one that best suits your reading habits.
Last but not least, if you are a student, you might get some great deals on books and other reading materials. When it comes to books, you can get two-day free shipping on paper books through Amazon Student, save on textbooks through websites like Chegg, and get other book discounts through StudentUniverse. For reading material other than books, check your university’s library online for offers. You can probably get free access to most magazines, journals, and other mainstream publications that would otherwise charge you a pretty dime each month for a subscription.