Like most hobbies out there, reading costs money. If you want to be able to go out and purchase all the new releases you’re going to need the spare cash to do so. Since graduating I have spent a long time with very little, if any, spare cash for buying the things that I want. So in this post we are doing books on a budget! I am going to be outlining some of the ways to read when you cant afford to spend money on books.
Use your local library
Let’s face it, borrowing a book from a library is never the same as owning the book for yourself. But if you are really desperate for a book you can’t afford, hitting the library is probably the best free way to get your hands on it. It is entirely free to join a library and you can take books out for free providing you bring them back. Not bringing the books back on time can incur fees which we all don’t need in life!
Kindle and Prime Reading
You can download the Kindle app on almost any device and read the free Classics books they have on there. There are loads of free books to choose from! If you have a little bit of spare money buying ebooks is actually cheaper than physical copies so this is also a good option for cutting down the cost of reading. Furthermore, if you’re someone who enjoys audio books you can usually get audio narration with the ebooks you purchase for a little extra!
If you have Amazon Prime you have access to thousands of books free of charge. I recently started reading Harry Potter on my phone because the entire series was free on Prime Reading!
Unhaul and sell unwanted books
If you desperately want some spare cash for your book budget you could always unhaul some of the ones you no longer want. I’m sure there have been times when you purchased a book and never finished it or just didn’t enjoy it! Sell them, you can list items on eBay for free after all!
Charity Shops & Thrift Stores
Charity shops often have lots of books people have given away on sale. You can go in there and get three books for as little as £1! What is better than getting yourself lots of new reading material AND donating to charity! If you’re lucky you might even be able to find them in pristine quality.
Audio Books on YouTube
YouTube is entirely free to use and there are actually quite a few audio books that people have uploaded there. I recently listened to One Dark Throne on YouTube while I read it! Some creators even make fan-made audio narrations of books and upload them there too. Here is an example of a fan-made Harry Potter audio book.
I hope my books on a budget post was helpful! What was the best deal you ever got on a book?