Reading is undeniably one of the best hobbies out there, but it can be a little expensive too, especially if you’re a fast reader. An average book starts from $11, and multiply that by two for a hardback, which makes it impossible to be reloading your TBR (to-be-read) section, without spending a small fortune every time. So, if like us, you need some cheap alternatives to satisfy your book addiction, then read on to find how we manage to save money when you buy books.

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Best tips to save money on books

1. Hit the Library

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As a reader, the library should most certainly be your best friend. Apart from the musty air and smell of old books, the library comes in handy when you’re looking to read a book without actually spending a dime. Here in Singapore, we have quite a number of libraries scattered around the country, that are home to a wide range of books, for all regardless of age. So be sure check them out, and perhaps you could get your hands on some really good reads!

Find your nearest library here.

2. Book Swapping

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Bring back the old days, with a good ‘ol book swapping. Gather your bookworms, either at home or in a cosy café, and get them all to bring a collection of books that they own. Sit down, have a hot cuppa tea or coffee and browse the books and pick your favs! To make it a tad bit easier, you can create a group or Google Doc to showcase your available titles and have your mates choose from there, so you don’t have to lug around an entire shelf.

Keep your eyes out for book swapping events in Singapore. The next one is on 20 January at Earthfest 2019.

3. E-books and Audio Books

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If you’re perfectly fine with reading on a technology gadget, without having the need to occasionally inhale your book, then you should most certainly try out e-books and/or audiobooks! Not only do these forms of reading come in handy compared to a stuffing a 600-paged book in your bag, but they’re a ton cheaper – sometimes even free. Audible, the famous audiobooks site offers a free 30-day trial period, and a monthly fee of USD 14.95, for a total of 3 titles each month.

PRO TIP: If you enjoy reading the classics, Project Gutenberg offers over 50K free eBooks. These are older works for which copyright has expired and are now digitised and available for you to read.

4. Check out Cheaper Online Sites

online bookstore ships worldwide for free
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The famous UK-based website BookDepository offers free worldwide shipping on top of having constant deals throughout the year! Apart from that, you could also score some amazing prices on BookXcess –an online bookstore, that also has a few physical stores in Malaysia. They do ship internationally (with additional charges) but their book prices are extremely affordable from as low as $4! BookXcess offers a large number of titles, and all their books are new and most of them are in pristine condition.

5. Secondhand Books

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Don’t fret at the sight of secondhand books, for a large portion of them are still in a pretty good condition. You just need to look in the right places. These dingy secondhand bookstores truly give you an authentic experience as you sieve through stacks of used books looking for the ones that speak for you. So if you’re willing to give this a try, then feel free to visit any of these places right here in Singapore, Evernew Bookstore, Ana Bookstore and Book Treasure, among many others.

6. Try Book Subscription Boxes

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With bookstagrammers (aka book Instagrammers) taking over the social media, there are more and more book subscriptions boxes out there. A few of the most renowned ones are The Bookish Book, Shelflove Crate, Litjoy Crate, and Owlcrate. Each box comes with a newly released book and about 2-5 unique bookish goodies. The price for each box varies from 12.95 USD to 45 USD; you can score yourself some great merch on top of a novel.

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Buy your books online and make the most of Book Depository’s promos and seasonal deals! And remember to go through ShopBack to score up to 11.0 % cashback while you’re at it!

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