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How to Find Book Bargains

If you are a reader like me, you will go out of your way to find deals on books. It’s difficult to walk past a bookstore without buying something, but you also realise that space and money aren’t unlimited and you need to limit yourself a little. I have found some ways to save money and find book bargains, for both physical books and ebooks, that I’m going to share with you today.
Book Bargains

1. The Library (Well, duh) 
A lot of people have library cards but a lot of people also forget that library cards exist. Sign up for your local library card and you will have access to books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, ebooks, and audiobooks. I live outside of Winnipeg, so I did have to pay $145 for a membership, but in my case, it is totally worth it. Even taking the cost of the membership into account, I saved over $800 in my first year back with the library. To quote Arthur, having fun isn’t hard when you have a library card!
Also, your library might sell old books like mine- it’s a good way to buy cheap books and magazines, and they often aren’t as old as you think. My local branch often sells mass market paperbacks for 50c to $2, depending on the book!

2. Book Bub 
Book Bub is an email service that you can sign up for free and discounted ebooks. Every Monday morning you get your email with heavily discounted and free books, which is a pretty good start to Monday morning. What I love about Book Bub is that you can choose which app/service you want to receive info on- I have limited mine to Kobo and Google Books because those are the devices and apps that I use. I could receive Kindle deals but I dislike the app, so it’s not particularly helpful. You also pick which genres you want to receive info on; I am currently receiving fiction, mysteries, history, biography, and cooking, but I can change that at any time! Best of all, it’s totally free. (Shout out to my sister for telling me about it!)
Book Bub
3. Local Book Sales 
Here in Winnipeg, the Children’s Hospital runs a book sale in the local mall two to three times a year. If you want to donate throughout the year, you can bring your old books to any fire hall (or a few other designated spots), and when it comes time, you grab your money and your tote bags and you go to town! The money goes to a fantastic cause, you get a good deal on books, and it’s a wonderful way to get involved in the community. Churches, schools, and other organisations also hold charity book sales, and if you are interested in mysteries, thrillers, suspense, romance, or fiction specifically, you can usually do pretty well.
Children's Hospital Book Sale
4. Loyalty Programs
I’m only versed in the Kobo loyalty program, but if you sign up for the VIP program with Kobo you receive one free book a year (from a specific listing that’s actually quite large), and you can use your Kobo Super Points to buy books, as well. You have spent money to get the points but if you were going to buy the first book anyways, this is just a bonus. I was actually surprised that it took so long for ebooks to enter the loyalty program arena- most people who read buy a fair amount of books! I wouldn’t go out of my way to join specifically for it but poke around to see if any are available for you.
What are your tips and tricks for finding a good bargain on books?
Until tomorrow,
The Historian!
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  • These *are* great tips! As a (formerly practicing/trained as an) historian, I had to get lots of my specialized books for research online – half.com is my favorite place both for buying random scholarly tomes, and also for passing them on to others now that I no longer need them. Now that more of my time is spent handling/hunting for kiddie books, I like half and amazon, but also LOVE swapping out volumes at our neighborhood Little Free Libraries (littlefreelibrary.org) and especially scooping up deals at our seasonal children’s resale events. When my kids are done with books they’ve outgrown, these are also great venues for keeping these books in circulation. (Oh, and local thrift stores are also great places for kids’ books at bargain prices!)

    • I’m going to have to spend more time with half.com!! I work at a university and am lucky to be able to use the library, so that cuts down on a lot of my historical reading costs. I donate some of mine to booksales that students put on to raise money, also!
      I wish that little free libraries were bigger here! In Winnipeg they all get emptied out and taken inside from November to April because of the cold and snow 🙁

  • I have Kindle which lets me keep what seems like an unlimited amount on the cloud (which is good I guess!). I’ve used BookBub and recently started using Free Booksy–an email service. I also started going to the library for audio books when I am driving on road trips. Great post, saw on Big Up Your Blog today!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Terri!! I use Overdrive and Hoopla from the library- it’s a great way to access those books that you aren’t sure if you are willing to invest in but really want to give a shot ☺ I have about 800 books on my Kobo (plus another 1200-ish on the cloud), it is so much easier for travel and when you are out and about and have a little time for reading!! I also use the Kobo and Kindle apps on my phone for quick snippets (though not long term reading) ☺

  • I love Book Bub. Also secondhand shops with good book sections. I’m part of a few book exchange groups where you pay for postage on the books you want to trade.

  • I admit the space limitation is what is killing me and forcing me to read books I have started but haven’t finished or finally read books that I have purchased but haven’t read. Three book shelves full and I honestly have books sitting on top of those shelves.
    Bargains aren’t sadly hard to find around here. I get all of my James Rollins books second hand from a local resell store that mumsy discovered. Though they never have my Outlander series so I have to pay full price for them. And my Kindle is my lifesaver though I need to invest in a newer one.

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