Friday, July 6, 2012

Saving on Books

One of my goals for the next month is to post each day of July about a List of 10 dealing with a personal finance or money saving idea topic.

Following are 10 ideas to save money on books.

1) Check to see if your local library has the books you are looking for.

2) Online websites such as Paperback Swap,, Bookmooch and others.

3) Yard sales

4) Used book stores

5) Used book stores. Some public libraries have used book sales throughout the year with both books from the library and donated books. The Friends of the Fargo Library has a book store set up at the downtown library all year long and there are a few book shelves at the Carlson branch with books for sale.

6) Free ebooks – If you have an e-reader, many libraries offer free e-books. Also, Barnes and Noble and Amazon offer various titles for free or discounted prices at certain times.  Amazon also offers a software that you can read Kindle ebooks on your computer or mobile phones if you don't have an e-reader.

7) Barnes and Noble and Amazon – Look for sale items and both stores have member club discounts.

8) Swap with friends

9) is a program similar to Netflix for books. There are different subscription rates for paperback books, audio books or both. The subscription rates are determined by how many books you wish to have at one time. Once you send back a book you can receive another title from your list. You have unlimited rentals per month.

10) Project Gutenberg gives you access to over 20,000 free ebooks.

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