That seems to be a question on a lot of people’s mind; however, a key part of that question is “without killing my wallet.”
Cover price can be a bit much at time, especially if the book is new and popular, and let’s face it – not everyone can afford it.
The first obvious place, and the cheapest place, is your local library. Free books, only downside is due dates and waiting lists if you want a popular novel. Plus, if your local library is small, you might have a problem with getting the titles you want.
When that happens, and you have a few extra dollars to spare, I suggest opening Google (or any other search engine of your choosing) and search for a local used bookstore. These places can be awesome. Personally, my local used bookstore has the option of a customer bringing in their old books and getting store credit. Which means, I can bring in books that are doing nothing but collecting dust in my bookcase and walk out with brand new (well, to me anyways) books for my enjoyment without spending a single dime; which is pretty awesome.
Okay, so you searched for a used bookstore and that closest one is 100+ miles away. That’s a bummer, first off. Second, don’t worry. Take a deep breath. With the glorious internet, online used bookstores have begun to pop up. My personal favorite is Thriftbooks.com – they have a vast collection of books at incredible prices, and if you live in the United States, shipping is free. (International shipping isn’t half bad either, so don’t worry UK). Other sites like Abebooks.com is also available for use.
Amazon.com, probably the most popular place for purchases nowadays, also has used books for pretty cheap. BUT BE CAREFUL. Just because a book says .01 doesn’t mean it only costs a cent. Shipping costs are probably through the roof so always check.
And as always, garage sales, resale shops and thrift stores are top notch places to look for books. They might not be in the best conditions but they can be as cheap as an .25 American cents and you can find some treasures.
And ebook readers, sad to say, that there isn’t a lot of options for you. Always shop around to find the best deals, and check your local library. Some are getting great things called ebook libraries. There you can download an ebook for 14 days before it magically vanishes. No cost to you and you can check out a book as often as you wish.
So, off you go, literary friends. Go find some cheap books to consume!