We bookdragons love the library.
Why wouldn’t we? I mean, it’s an incredible selection of books for absolutely no cost (unless, you know, you don’t turn it in on time). Seems like the perfect deal to me! I’ve even written a post about the glory of the library and why it should NEVER EVER DIE.
But, dream with me for a minute. Once in a while, we just really want a book that doesn’t have bent flaps or random scribbles or pages stained with unknown fluids. We want a book that is clean and beautiful and ALL OURS PLEASE. How cool would it be to have all those pretty books on one shelf??? cough @paperfury cough
Unfortunately, neither you nor I can spend all our money on these little paper treasure troves.* We need more than just the tears we cry after the death of our favorite characters to survive. So, logically, the only solution we have is to… get CHEAP OR FREE BOOKS.
But where, praytell, do we get these inexpensive books? Wellll, you can find all of that info right here, and maybe even win a free book of your own from our very first giveaway! LET’S GET STARTED, FRIENS.
*we live in caves of solitude and therefore have no income #sorrynotsorry 🙃
buy off a kendle
Although not exactly a real, physical book, Kindle books are much cheaper than any book you’ll find on Amazon by a long shot. So, if you’re not looking for a new addition to your bookshelf and only want a story, Kindle is absolutely the way to go.
alpha or beta read
YAY FOR ALPHA/BETA READING! Again, you won’t be getting a physical copy out of being an early reader, but if you’re just looking for stories to read it’s alright. Reading early does require a little extra commitment, but you do get to share your thoughts with the author, as well as hear their progress, so it’s absolutely worth it in my eyes! Ask around and you’re sure to find a few writers with who need some feedback.
ARCs (advanced reader copy)
Finally, some physical books! An ARC, or Advanced Reader Copy, is an unfinished book sent out to a select number of people to read and review. It’s usually sent before final edits just in case readers find something wrong with it at the last minute.
Now, I’ve never received an ARC before (*NOT SO SUBTLELY SCREECHES FOR ARCS*), but I’ve had friends say mostly good things about the system. Typically, a blogger, reviewer, or anyone with a relatively large audience is given an early reader copy of an unreleased book in exchange for an honest review. It’s super helpful because (a. it gives the author early feedback and (b. fReE aDvErTiSmEnT!!
But it’s also cool because, um, FREE BOOKS. That you get to keep! And physically hold in your hands! You can get a lovely ARC copy by reviewing books thoroughly and honestly on sites like Goodreads and Amazon, as well as by being on the blogosphere and making friends.
small bookstore sales
This is probably the most fun way to get new books: go on a hunt for them in local bookstores! Book sales aren’t hard to find and, with social media, you can discover all the best deals around town straight from your phone.
The only problem with this is that, though there are books are typically not well known, ratty, or generally NOT GOOD. They’re on sale for a reason, you know? But I’ve learned that sometimes there are gems hiding on the shelves if you look hard enough. Be patient, and maybe you’ll find a new favorite to add to your collection!
New books are awesome, sure, but don’t underestimate the power of thrift books! Just because a book’s been loved before doesn’t make it a bad story! Secondhand books are (1. cheap, and (2. no worse than any book you would find at the library, so it’s almost like buying a library book.
A few days ago, I learned* about a website called Thriftbooks, which is an online bookstore where you can get used paperback books as cheap as Kendle offers. I mean, the Harry Potter books are all at $3.75 each?? It’s a yes from me.
*from a fellow bookdragon, thank you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOPE 😘
book trades with friends
Have a book you wish you could burn? A cover you’d rather never lay eyes on again?? A story that needs to be buried into the depths of the earth?! Trade your books for better ones! Instead of constantly lending books and waiting not-so-patiently for them to be returned, set up a trade.
I think it would be amazing for a group of people to come together and just? trade? books? Everybody gets a new story to enjoy! If anyone’s up for this, let’s do it because when is it a bad time to get new books? haha NEVER.
sign up for giveaways
Here on the blogosphere, we’ve got a lot of opportunities to enter giveaways.
I’m notorious with my friends for never, ever winning giveaways. I may be the only person on earth who’s never won anything..?? But, lucky for me, I don’t have to enter giveaways when I can just host them myself!
I contacted author Christi Whitney a few weeks ago and she was amazing enough to send me a signed copy of her debut novel, Grey! And, to be honest, I was so excited, I nearly cried. THIS BOOK HAS EVERYTHING, YALL. relatable characters? ✔ phenomenal story? ✔✔ pretty cover?? haha you better believe it ✔✔✔
Grey is about Sabastian Grey, a normal kid who is not actually as normal as he thinks. Everything he knows? It’s about to change. And when the girl he’s been dreaming about suddenly shows at school… all hell breaks loose. It’s categorized as YA romance, but I’ve shelved it as si-fi and adventure as well. COME GET THIS BOOK. YOU WON’T REGRET IT.
AHHH. ITS HAPPENING. But I’m more thrilled about the actual book than the fact that I’m giving it away, though. The second book of the series, Shadow, is very high on my top ten books list. I may or may not have cried reading it. *fangirls intensely*
Your turn, love! Are you entering the giveaway? Sorry, I phrased that wrong. ENTER THE GIVEAWAY. This is such a great book I can’t stop gushing over it ajskjh!!! What’s the most expensive book you’ve ever gotten? How about the best book you ever received that was free? Get to answering below!