I’ve never been a huge fan of audiobooks (I expressed my full-fledged dislike of them here), so the majority of the books that I acquire are either physical copies or ebooks. Considering I’m a poor high school (almost college) student and dedicate nearly all of my money to purchasing books, I try to be as resourceful as possible. Then again, I still shouldn’t be trusted in a bookstore with a credit card.
The most popular chain bookstore in my area is Barnes and Noble. The majority of their books are sold at the publisher’s recommended price. Thankfully, they frequently send out coupons and run promotions (I recently went to town with the buy two classics get the third free special). Otherwise, there would be no way I could afford a trip to Barnes and Noble!
Occasionally, a bargain bookstore will pop up near my house. They generally don’t stay in business for very long, but I try to take advantage of them while I can. And yes, I have had to carry boxes (plural) of books out to my car on more than one occasion.
One of the primary perks of the Book Depository is its free worldwide shipping and discounted prices. Personally, I’m also very anal about all of the book covers in a series matching. The Book Depository conveniently sells all editions of a book that are currently in print, so buyers can pick and choose the cover they would like. This also provides access to covers which are only released in other countries.
Bookbub is one of my favorite websites and a fairly recent discovery for me. Once you sign up for an account, you can search for discounted ebooks by genre and format/ereader. Bookbub will then redirect you to the seller (ie. Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, etc.). I have to admit, I’m officially addicted to browsing the free book section.
Libraries are a great opportunity to borrow and read books that you don’t necessarily want to own. Unfortunately for me, my local library system doesn’t readily stock new releases. I recently discovered that I can also rent ebooks and audiobooks from my library, so I’ve been catching up on a few older publications that I’ve been meaning to read.
ARCs – Netgalley
When all else fails, you can always turn to ARCs, whether you accept requests that are sent via your blog or reach out to publishers directly. Netgalley is also an excellent resource for obtaining ARCs because it allows you to browse available advanced copies and contact authors and publishers regarding those which interest you.
Where do you frequently purchase your books?