Places to Find Cheap Books

Introduction:If you love to read like I do and have gone through practically everything your local library has available, you're always looking for places to get cheap books. Here are a few of my favorite sources.

  • 01

    Thrift Stores

    Most towns of any size have thrift stores. Some may be for charity, like the Salvation Army, while others are for profit. Whichever type you find in your town, look to them as a source for cheap books. Many sell paperbacks for under $1 each and hardbacks for under $5.

  • 02

    Garage Sales

    Almost anyone who has a garage sale will have books unless they simply never read. Books at garage sales ae pretty much hit-or-miss. Either they are a gold mine or they consist only of the history of sea slugs. You get the idea. The beauty of garage sale books is that you can often get them four or five for a dollar. In my experience the BEST garage sales for books are those held as fundraisers for churches and other organizations.

  • 03

    Dollar Stores

    Oddly enough, dollar stores often have books, and an eclectic assortment, at that. A lot of them are books that didn't sell well in the book stores. That doesn't mean they aren't interesting if they happen to be about a topic that interests you, now does it?

  • 04

    Bookmooch

    Bookmooch (www.bookmooch.com) allows you to find books that may not pop up at your local thrift store. The site uses a point system which generally allows you to get one book for every two you give away through the site. The only expense for using this service is the cost of mailing the books, which is still cheaper than buying most books.

  • 05

    Used Book Stores

    Used book stores come and go in some towns on a regular basis. They are often run by people who are bibliophiles who take great delight in working with books. Like bookmooch, you can trade in books. Unlike bookmooch, you don't HAVE to give away books to get books. Used book stores generally charge half the original price for each book, with some exceptions and give between 10% and 25% of the original price in trade or, in some cases, in cash. Many used book stores have rules about certain types of books, usually romance novels and you may not be able to get anything but romance novels in exchange for romance novels. This is because romance novels are ubiquitous and some people think they are too trashy. Acutally, I learned most of what I know about the world from trashy romance novels.







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