If you are anything like me and blow your book budget the first week of every month, here are five alternative ways to stretch your money further or nab a free read. On the other hand if you don't have a book budget or minor concerns like food and bills, I have three words for you. I hate you.
- The library It might seem obvious choice but these days libraries offer a wider range of services, than just popping in to borrow a book. Nowadays you can reserve a book (for a small fee), to ebook downloads-all online too. You may still have to pop in to pick up your reservation though.
- Bookswap websites A bookswap site is useful for swapping a book you have read for something you want to read for the price of postage. One site I use often is Readitswapit.co.uk. They have a large selection and a variety of genres. Perfect for trying a new series or author without breaking the bank.
- Charity shops Lots of charity shops have a shelf dedicated to books, so it's worth taking a look. Prices can range from £2.49 to 25p and you can support a great cause at the same time. I have found many a gem for the fraction of the price.
- Amazon UK Living in a small town has greatly stunted my shopping habit, Amazon has opened a world of online shopping for me. Their book prices are often cheaper than the retail price and if you're not fussy about the condition, they also sell used books at a much lower price. They have a free variety of Kindle books for free and often have special events where you can nab a bargain.
- Dedicated ereader apps These days a lot of people own a gadget, be it an iPhone, a tablet or a laptop. There are a wide range of apps available for your gadget that offer free ebooks. A few popular ones are Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Stanza.
I hope these tips will help feed your book addiction, the rest is up to you, happy reading.