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Books!  We love them, don’t we?  It doesn’t matter if you are a student or just an avid reader, we love and need more books.  The only problem is the expensive price tag on new books. 

Do you want to save money on books?  I’m sure you do.  There are so many ways to save on book purchases.  And, free books are also a fantastic option.  You just have to know where to look.

Our family homeschooled, so books were an ongoing expense at our house.  As my kids headed to college, we found the textbook prices to be outrageous.  Here are some ways to save on textbooks and books for school:

Buy Used- Buying used books can save you 1/2 price or more off the retail markup.  This is by far, the first choice for our family.  Here are some great places to look for used books.

*Used book Sales-Homeschool groups and conventions, libraries, facebook groups, and       individuals all are selling used books.  

*Thrift stores and book stores have a Used-Book section.  This can be a fun place to look and grab all types of books.  

*College “for-sale” boards- Bulletin boards were used in the past to post used textbook ads.  Now, colleges will have online sale boards for students to sell their old books.  College bookstores will usually have a limited supply of used books to sell, too.

Now, colleges will have online sale boards for students to sell their old books.  College bookstores will usually have a limited supply of used books to sell, too.

*Amazon- This is a fantastic place to look!  The huge selection makes it easy to find the exact book you need and get it shipped fast.

*half.com- This site is great for selling or buying used textbooks.  

*Websites: Abebooks, homeschoolclassified.com, A2Z homeschooling lists a huge group of places to shop for homeschool books and swap them, too.

Rent Books- This has become extremely popular for textbooks, because it’s cheaper than buying used.  College bookstores rent books for easy pick-up and no waiting for the books to be shipped.  

*Amazon also rents textbooks at great prices.  Our family has rented from both.  

*Valore offers a price-match guarantee to have the lowest textbook rental prices.  They also offer 30-day returns and free return shipping.

Free Books – Many free ebooks can be found by looking online.  These can be downloaded onto your e-reader, phone or computer.  

*Project Gutenberg has 54,000 ebooks for you.  Our family has used this great site many times. 

*Bookshare- offers ebooks for people that have a disability, and is free for students.

*Open Culture has over 800 free ebooks.  

*Kobo is also a free ebook site.

*Textbook Revolution offers free textbook searches, as well as Google.

Have you found a favorite way to save on books?  Please share; we always want to save!

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L. Emmaline · August 4, 2020 at 5:50 am

You can also read for free by reviewing books.

Megan Allen · February 20, 2021 at 10:17 am

Thank you!! I am a huge book nerd and my habit can be very costly!

Heather Swanson · July 13, 2021 at 8:27 am

very helpful ideas

Melanie B · December 10, 2021 at 3:29 pm

Thanks for sharing such helpful ideas, always looking for good book deals!

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