How to Feed Your Reading Addiction Without Breaking the Bank

26 October 2016


All book lovers know the heart-wrenching sadness of having to put a book back on the shelf because of its hefty price tag. They understand the constant jotting and cataloging that goes into creating a book wish list you’d have to rob a bank to be able to afford.

Fortunately, the internet has opened up a whole new world when it comes to indulging your reading addiction. The e-book format, self-publishing and online marketing have all revolutionized the way we read and afforded every bookworm the opportunity to slash their spending when it comes to buying new books. There are now several new ways to keep costs down when it comes to reading, and here are just a few that you should know.

Use the Kindle Library

Amazon’s Kindle has long been a frontrunner when it comes to e-books. The franchise has shrunk entire libraries into the size of our pocket and made it cheaper than ever to stock up on all your favorites. Alongside cutting the overall cost of a general book splurge, the platform offers countless incredible deals for those looking for even more discounts.

However, perhaps the most exciting feature of Kindle comes when you combine the device with a Prime membership. Doing this gives you access to the Amazon Lending Library, which is a fantastic resource that gives users a staggering 300,000 books to read for no extra charge. It’s also not limited to Kindle device users; anyone with an Amazon account can log into the spectacular free library from a browser.

Take Advantage of the Public Domain

One of the best-kept literary secrets is that of copyright expiration. This refers to all books that have outrun the terms of their copyright and are, therefore, in the public domain and free for anyone to read. While the specific laws on this vary depending on the situation and geographical location, most works before 1923 fall into this category. This means most of your favorite classic novels are up for grabs to enjoy without having to part with a penny.

Finding these texts, however, can be a bit of a challenge. Most can be found as downloadable PDF files online, but it’s important to ensure they are public domain works, so you don’t accidentally download someone’s intellectual property. Project Gutenberg is a great resource, which was set up to promote the use of e-books and catalogs all public domain releases. It’s a great place to find and download books that have passed their copyright limitations. Otherwise, by simply referring to the conditions and law of different copyright terms, you can usually get an idea of which books are available!

Go Straight to the Author

Sometimes the best way to get free books is to go straight to the source. Particularly among writers who self-publish, many arrange giveaways, competitions or reduction periods to help promote their work. If you’re at the right place at the right time, it’s very possible to get your hand on the next great classic for a fraction of the price or no charge at all.

The best way to capitalize on this tactic is to follow all of your favorite authors. A great place to do this is on social media, as many writers post most of their updates on these platforms. Similarly, if you can find their personal website, there is also often the possibility to sign up for an email subscription, so you never miss a new release.

However, randomly perusing websites and downloading files, even free e-books, is never a smart idea (and illegal if the work has been pirated). Even if the sites look trustworthy, you never want to run into trouble. Fortunately, if you have the right programs, you can encrypt your data and browse safely. Check out this Secure Thoughts review for more information.

Scour Book Blogs

If you don’t want the hassle of having to follow endless unique authors, Booktastik works as an aggregate book blog, which allows you to browse through some of the greatest offers and online giveaways. Having all this information in one place saves you both time and money, and you can be sure you’ll always have a new selection of recommendations to look through.

By signing up to subscription emails, you can narrow down your choice to your favorite genres and book types and have suggestions sent directly to your inbox. You even have the option to focus only on discount deals or giveaways and competitions. It’s a one-stop shop that all book lovers should explore and is guaranteed to cut costs when it comes to your reading addiction.

Explore Micro Libraries

Not all solutions to your book financing problems are on the internet, but it’s also a great place to keep up with the latest book crazes. Micro libraries are something that is fast increasing in popularity and is a no-cost option to get your reading fill. In the U.K., many have sprung up inside unused phone boxes. Packed with books, these innovative attractions allow you to take whatever you want so long as you leave a book in return.

There are also several places that offer mobile libraries, which work under a similar premise, the sole difference being they are in vans or other vehicles in lieu of the static phone box. If you don’t have any local book swap facilities, you can find a few websites that allow you to make exchanges online.

Reading is such a wonderful passion, and money should never be something you let stand in the way of doing what you love. If you haven’t already investigated these channels to help support your book addiction, I highly recommend you check them out now.

Readers, we hope you enjoyed today’s guest post by Cassie from Culture Coverage.

About the Author: Cassie is an entertainment blogger for Culture Coverage. She’s an avid reader but knows what it’s like to have to tighten the purse strings. She hopes her many innovative suggestions for saving money on books can help out others who read way more than they earn! 


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