We all know that a quick search on the internet will yield countless prices for comparison. Here a few places you may not have thought to check for cheap books.
|Yes, these are my books!|
1) Book Fairs/Festivals - I discovered my favorite author at a book festival. And not because she was speaking, but because one of her books was at a vendor table for $3.
Drawback: You may go to another tent/table and see the exact same book, for cheaper!
2) Libraries - At some library book sales you can get books as cheap as a few cents! Some libraries will have a handful of books for sale but others actually have book stores. Next time you visit, take a moment to ask a librarian if there are books for sale.
Drawback: That horrid plastic jacket! My library book purchases no longer have jackets because I always remove them.
3) Yard Sales - You could stumble upon several gems depending on the host. Or there may be absolutely nothing that interests you. It’s really hit or miss. You may want to call the number if one is provided and see if there will be books there at all!
Drawback: Availability is completely random. Don’t spend your weekends searching for books here!
4) Thrift Stores/Flea Markets - The selection can be random but one or two visits will allow you to determine whether or not it can be a go to spot for your book deals. Once you find a store/market that pulls in good books, you can usually count on finding several more over the course of time.
Drawback: Accessibility. Thrift stores and certainly flea markets can be hard to come by in some places.
5) Bookstore Clearance - I can’t tell you the last time I strolled through the aisles of a book store. When I enter, I go straight for the clearance section. In independent bookstores you may have to hunt for it but in large chain stores there’s no mistaking the clearance section.
Drawbacks: Its highly unlikely that you’ll beat the prices at the other locations listed but if you’re like me, a trip to a bookstore is never time wasted. There’s something about that place that feels like home.
6) Ask a Reader - If you know a voracious reader, chances are they know where to find cheap books. In my area, there are a couple of spots that I refer to as golden, including a warehouse location that gives away books for free!
Drawbacks: Starting a conversation about books with a bibliophile means you won’t be going anywhere fast. Be prepared to chat about your current read, your last read, your next read, and what you should read.