Five ways to save money on your book shopping

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It’s hard to resist the lure of a new book, but when you’re constantly investing in new reading material, the cost can creep up fast.

With prices rising in all aspects of our lives, its difficult to face the reality that we may have to go without some luxuries we’ve become used to for the foreseeable.

But reading isn’t just a luxury, it’s a great way to help reduce stress and focus our wellbeing. So with that in mind, we’ve put together some top tips to help you save money on your book shopping, and maintain your hobby.

Here are five ways you can save money on your book shop:

charity shops

Did you know there’s are over 11,000 charity shops in the UK?

There’s often a misconception that charity shop items may be dated or in poor condition, but this is definitely not the case. Charity shops are a great place to find reduced price books!

Second hand isn’t synonymous with poor condition – in fact you can often find the most recent titles, in pristine condition, for a fraction of the price.

When buying from a charity shop, you’re also supporting a fantastic and worthwhile cause.

Not-for-profit organizations and charities rely heavily on donated goods and monetary donations. In fact, more than 90% of charity shop sales are from donations.

If you’re an avid book buyer, choosing your next read from a charity shop will not only save you money, but will contribute towards supporting life-changing activities on both a local and national scale.

You can use the Charity Retail Association’s charity shop finder to find shops that offer books near you.

book swaps

Books swaps are a fantastic way to get your hands on books, whilst also connecting communities and bringing people together.

Books swaps come in many forms – your local area may have a designated book swap site (an old phone booth, bus stop, or specially built units and trails) where people can come and go at any time to leave and take books as they please .

You may have a local book club who share books between members, or perhaps your local community hosts a regular event which gives people the chance to come together and swap books at a set date and time.

By taking part in a book swap event you may be able to find something you’ve been wanting to read for ages, a book that has been read and lovingly passed on to its next owner several times, or even a brand-new copy of something that piques your interests.

Interested in hosting your own book swap? Find out how you can join in with InYourArea’s Big Book Swap event on April 3 here.

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libraries

Local libraries are a haven for book lovers.

Books are a necessity, and anyone living in the UK is legally entitled to borrow books for free from public libraries.

This means that everyone can have equal access to books and information.

There are 3,667 public libraries (including mobile libraries) in the UK, with 7.3 million active borrowers across the country.

Libraries are a totally free way to feed your reading habit. All you need to do is register with your local library and you can start borrowing right away.

And it’s not just books you can borrow. Most libraries these days also offer a range of digital media for you to make use of, as well as providing internet access.

As well as all of this, if you’re not sure what to choose for your next read, an added benefit of your local library is the assistance of dedicated and knowledgeable librarians who are able to offer their assistance in choosing the right books for your taste.

Many councils also offer a mobile library service to make it easier for people who may not be able to travel to maintain access to books.

You can find your nearest library here*.

ebooks

Ebooks are a great way to save money on the cost of your book shopping. Because of their virtual format and lower production costs, ebooks are generally cheaper than their physical counterparts.

Many ebook sellers will also offer special low cost deals and even free books in their stores.

Amazon offers an incredible selection of books from all genres – and their prices start from as little as… well, nothing.

The Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription for £7.99 per month (with the first 2 months free!**) gives you unfettered access to over 1 million books, thousands of audio books, plus magazines too.

As an added bonus, not only are ebooks a great way to reduce spending, but they can also save you plenty of storage space.

Whilst it’s nice to have rows and rows of bookshelves, not all of our homes are built to become libraries, so ebooks offer a dual solution to feeding our reading habits.

Shop the deals

This one may sound obvious, but there are plenty of shops where you can find cheap books or deals on your shopping.

Retailers such as World of Books and The Book People offer new and used books at reduced prices. Price will often depend on the quality of the book, but if you’re willing to compromise then you can snap yourself up some absolute bargains (I’m talking just £2 or £3 per book).

You’ll also find book deals in local shops – The Works often feature a three for £5 offer, and Waterstones regularly have a ‘buy two get one half price’ deal on many of their most popular titles.

Of course, let’s not forget indie retailers.

At InYourArea we always encourage our readers to shop local. Why not inquire as to whether your local independent book shop offers a loyalty programme? You may be able to secure a discount on your shopping just by being a regular customer.

Hive.co.uk is a fantastic way to shop online, whilst supporting local retailers. They showcase independent bookstores through their marketplace, but also offer student and senior discounts. After you’ve purchased a book, you can choose an independent bookshop to receive a percentage of the sale.

*England and Wales only
**As at time of writing (March 15, 2022)

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