Reading is one of the best hobbies you can have. Not only does it expand your mind, spark your imagination and make you feel SO many emotions all at once, but it’s also so portable! You can read anywhere – in bed, on the bus, in the middle of a field. (But not now though, in the middle of January.)
The only issue with reading as a hobby? It can get so expensive!
But fear not! Here are 6 ways you can read if you can’t afford to buy brand new books. From classics to the newest releases, read them all with these simple tips!
1. Borrow Books From the Library
Whoever came up with the library should be classed as some kind of hero. Libraries are one of the best places to get books because not only are they free to borrow, but it still helps the author! I loved going to the library as a kid, spending ages picking the books I wanted, and leaving with a huge stack of them. I’d do it now, too, if I didn’t have such a massive TBR pile that’s slowly swallowing me whole.
It’s FREE to join a library, and you can borrow anything from obscure classics to the brand new releases from your favourite authors. Just check your local library to see what they have in.
2. Kindle Deals & Free Classics
If you have a Kindle, you should definitely have a look at Amazon’s Daily or Monthly Deals. You can sign up to get emails each day with the deals listed for that day. They have books for 99p (I’ve even got some books for even less than that occasionally. What?!) I’ve got some real gems from it! They only last one day before the deals change, so be quick if you want to snap up some great deals.
Have a look at the free classics that Amazon offer, too. They’re books that are a certain age so they’ve gone out of print or out of copyright, and Amazon offer them for free. There are literally hundreds of great books, so if you’re a lover of classics, make sure you have a look there before you buy them!
3. Project Gutenburg
There’s a great website called Project Gutenburg which offers free books that are out of copyright, just like the Amazon free classics. It’s not the most fancy or attractive website, but that doesn’t matter too much when you get free books! You can download them in a number of different formats, so they can be read on any device. There are also books in almost any language, so this site really is for anyone! It even offers audiobooks.
4. Charity Shops (Thrift Stores)
Charity shops or thrift stores are wonderful for cheap books! They often have offers, e.g. 3 books for £1, but if they don’t, it’s likely the books are super cheap anyway. I bought the first 3 A Series of Unfortunate Events books for 99p each in a charity shop. You never know what you might find for under £1!
There are some charity shops that specialise in second-hand books. I briefly volunteered at one while I was in university, and we had so many great books coming in! Definitely worth popping in next time you’re out shopping.
5. Bargain Stores (Poundland, Dollar Stores etc)
This one might surprise you. Have you ever bought a book from a bargain store, like Poundland or B&M if you’re in the UK, or a dollar store? I’ve bought a couple of books in there! There’s not always a ton of choice, but if you root through, you might be able to pick up a great bargain.
6. For Book Reviewers: NetGalley
If you’re book blogger, or you review books elsewhere, you really should think about being on NetGalley! It’s such a great website for bookworms. NetGalley has a huge library of books for you to choose from. You pick a book, request to read it, and your request gets sent through to the publisher. They’ll then email you when you’ve been accepted, and you can download the book to read on your Kindle or other eBook device.
There are often very exciting brand new releases, so you can get some amazing books for free. The only thing you have to do in return is review it!
I hope some of these give you a few ideas. You could also ask your friends if you can borrow books (if they have one they want to read, why not swap?). Or you could always ask for books as gifts for Christmas or your birthday!
How many of these things do you do already? Do you have any other tips? Share them below!