When it comes to books, we’re all looking for the best places to get them for the cheapest prices. Because sadly, we’re not made of money and books can get quite pricey. ESPECIALLY graphic novels and hardbacks. Like what, who decided to charge these insane prices for a bundle of paper with words on it? Obviously, heartless aliens came up with the price tags. Duh. Literature is something to treasure and treat with respect . . . but that doesn’t mean I’m willing to pay more than I have to. Because honestly, if I can get a book that I’ve really wanted for a while for like a dollar, take my money. Literally all of it and GIVE ME ALL THE BOOKS.
Now, when it comes to book shopping, there’s nothing I love more than browsing the bookshelves looking for a new baby to read. But, let’s not ignore that online book shopping can be just as fun! Here’s a list of places where you can get books in great condition for CHEAP prices! Obviously, some of these you might already know of and use everyday but hey, I like making lists and maybe you haven’t heard of some of these. Hopefully. I’M TRYING HERE, PEOPLE.
1. Amazon (if they don’t have it, NO ONE DOES)
Amazon is probably my second favorite place to buy books from. Yes, you read that right, they come in SECOND. I’ll tell you guys what my FAVORITE place to shop for books is later on in this post but you’ll have to be patient. Anyhoo, you can find pretty good quality books for pretty good prices, especially since Amazon has GREAT customer service should you recieve the wrong book, get it in horrible quality, or something gets lost in the mail. I should know, it’s happened a couple of times in the past to me and I was really happy in the end with how great the customer service was. Now, it has its flaws, the shipping can get a little pricey in the end but it’s not bad. I know of other sites who charge WAY too much for shipping anything, let alone books.
2. BookOutlet (the bookish Superman)
While I’ve never ordered anything from BookOutlet, (yes, it’s kind of a shame, I know) I have heard really good reviews from other bloggers and obviously booktubers and other book lovers who swear by BookOutlet. I have also heard that most of their books are in such great quality it’s a little rare that you’ll get a book in bad condition. I’ve also heard some back and forth about the shipping costs, some say it’s hella cheap, others would rather just buy the book brand new at the store to save money on the shipping, so it really just depends on how much you’re wanting to pay. In my opinion, their shipping charge ain’t that bad at all and I’ve been meaning to place an order for forever now. Plus, their selection of books is on par with Amazon.
3. Books-A-Million (a million indeed)
While I’ve only ever been in a Books-A-Million store once in my entire life (IT WAS GLORIOUS) I fell in love with everything about it. Their selection of books is stunning, there are plenty of locations across the US, and if you’re lucky enough to live near one of their stores, you know that it’s such a magical bookstore I’m pretty sure the wardrobe to Narnia is hidden somewhere in the basement. Anyhoo, you can also order online for pretty cheap prices. Books-A-Million is a little bit like Barnes and Noble in the sense that they don’t really sell used books BUT you can still get new books for a pretty good deal. I’ve never ordered from the either but upon taking a look at their shipping charges, members recieve FREE shipping on standard and non-members recieve $3 standard shipping per order plus $0.99 per item. In other words, you should probably take a look see at their books online and order a little something special.
4. Strand Book Store (the greatest bookstore EVER)
Strand Book Store is probably the most famous bookstore of EVER besides Barnes and Noble whom own my soul. With more books on their shelves than Belle has in her castle, it’s safe to say that this lovely slice of heaven has the book you’ve been looking long and hard for. Not all of us are lucky enough to live near the bookstore in New York but you can still access it’s selection online which is still pretty neat. 18 miles of books at your fingertips, literally. Just type in what title you’re looking for and behold, Grasshopper, you’re dreams have come true. You’re welcome.
I love visiting my local Half Price Books store because not only is the layout so awesome, but it has all my favorite things under one roof: BOOKS, CDs, albums, and free coffee. JUST YES. Their prices always make me want to tear up a bit because of how good they are, on top of that there’s also a clearance section with books priced at $3 or less. I’ve been able to find used books in excellent condition for great prices, I love using the coupons they send out regurlarly, and on top of that, they also do sell a handful of new releases that are 20% off their original prices. Plus, you can order online. I rest my case.
6. Thrift Books (my other half)
Ever since I’ve discovered Thrift Books, it’s been my go-to site for ordering my books. Special thanks to my best friend for giving me the heads-up on the beautiful miracle that is Thrift Books. A lot of their books start at $3.59 and up and if that didn’t sound bad at all, how about I tell you that for the US, if your order is over TEN DOLLARS then your shipping is completely FREE? Yeah. Free. For paperback, hardback, turtleback, library-bound, graphic novels, etc. They also ship worldwide for a small fee so if you don’t mind the shipping cost, then GO CRAZY. I’ve been able to find a lot of books that I’ve been wanting for the longest time for such good deals, it’s made me feel giddy inside. Thank you, Thrift Books. JUST THANK YOU.
Do you perfer in-store book shopping or online book shopping? How do you search for the best prices on your most-anticiapted reads?