If you are spending long, luxurious days at the beach or pool this summer, odds are you are reading this year’s best-selling novels. From the popular Fifty Shades of Gray to lesser known finds, having a book list and a stack of paperbacks is a great way to enjoy the lazy days of summer.
Reading is great hobby, but it can get expensive. With hardcover books pushing $20-$25 for a novel, a fast reader might find that her summer reading list is getting a little expensive. Luckily, you can save big bucks and read every new book you want before the kids go back to school in September .
Check out e-Book Readers
e-Book readers like Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook are increasingly affordable. For $80-$100 you can buy a high quality e-Book reader that will last for years. Once you own the book you can download ebooks directly from Amazon.com or BN.com – often at a fraction of the cost! E-Books can be anywhere from $2-$10 cheaper, and you can buy them from the comfort and convenience of your own couch with the click of a button. And because manufacturers want you to buy the e-Book readers, you can often find deep discounts, promotions, and free books once you have unwrapped your Nook or Kindle and set it up.
Find Used or Discount Books
Used and discount books are a must for the thrifty reader. From classics that you can pick up for pennies to gently used hardcover novels, there’s no reason not to purchase your books from a used or discount bookstore. Discounted books from sites like Books-A-Million offer new books at deeply discounted prices, so whether you are looking for kids books for a trip to the zoo or novel for your book club, you can find a large selection of quality publications at a marked-down price. With savings from 10% to 40%, this often reflects big savings and means you can get best-selling novels at thrift store prices.
Shop for Textbooks Online
Once September rolls around, you can say goodbye to summer reading and start searching for those pricy textbooks. Luckily the same sites that offer used and discounted novels often will have your textbooks on sale as well. There are also sites like Textbooks.com that cater to the saavy student and can help you find those expensive biology books and English Literature compilations for deep discounts meaning you can spend less on books and more on back-to-school shopping and supplies.