How to Find Cheaper Books

1. Book Outlet

This incredible website is my go-to on saving money for books. Instead of heading straight to a Barnes and Noble website or store, I ALWAYS check if it is available on BookOutlet. They have books from every genre, with prices ranging as low as 50 cents to a couple of dollars. A popular book I found was Cassandra Clare’s fantasy novel, Clockwork Princess. This hardcover book usually retails at $20.00 but is available at BookOutlet (brand new) for $5.99.

Also, make sure to check out the Scratch and Dent section which sells books at a cheaper price.

WARNING: Scratch and Dent books usually have some type of defect, e.g., torn or bent page, missing dust jacket, or slight discoloration in cover. These defects are usually very mild and mostly undetectable.

2. Thrift Books

 Thrift Books, an online-based bookstore that definitely gives BookOutlet a run for its money. You can almost always find the title you are looking for at a discounted the price. The only issue is that certain titles can be difficult to find in good condition. Still, my favorite thing about this website is that they inform you on the condition of the book. You always know what you buy and it saves you a lot of money.

Recently, I bought a HARDCOVER copy of author Cinda William Chima’s, The Crimson Crown for $4.38! You also get free shipping on any order of $10 or more and are kept updated on upcoming sales.

3. OverDrive

This app is great for lending books..but you’re going to have to do some work. First, you have to pay a visit to your local library and get a library card. Then, make an overdrive account and put in the required information. Once you put in your information, you have a whole range of books at your fingertips. Magic!

Basically, OverDrive is an ebook library that is perfect for people who love reading on their phone, kindle, iPad, etc. The only downside is that you’re renting rather than buying.


According to The Telegraph, reading for 6 minutes a day can help reduce stress levels by 68 percent. Nobody wants to spend their hard earned money on a $20 book, but reading helps me with stress, so I knew I had to find a way to make my money last. That being said, I hope these resources help you as much as they have helped me, happy reading!


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