So you’ve thought about joining a book club, but you’re worried you don’t have the money to buy all the books that are associated with joining. I understand the hole in the budget for entertainment or personal happiness, so I’ve created a list of ideas to show you a few budget-friendly options for purchasing books and even donating them when you’re finished!
How to find inexpensive books:
- In Birmingham, there is a second-hand book store called 2nd and Charles. Our’s is located across from the Galleria in the shopping center with JoAnn’s and Plato’s Closet. The books are in very excellent used condition and are half the price of brand new. They also accept them back and will pay you for your books, as long as they are in good shape. Check out 2nd and Charles for more info.
- If you’re a blogger like me, you can register for Blogging For Books and request FREE copies of books for review. When you’re finished with the book, all you have to do is write a review on your blog and you’re set. Head over to Blogging For Books to sign up and request your free copy today!
- The library is the best place to get books for free, both tangible and audible (my favorite!). See if there’s a library around you by contact the Jefferson County Library Cooperative. Birmingham is full of them!
- As always, you can purchase the book brand new. I love the smell of a new book and the feeling of cracking it open for the first time. Websites such as Amazon and AbeBooks have discounted books both brand new and used. You’ll get the best price rather than buying it in the bookstore or from the publisher’s website. Always check here first. If you’re fortunate to own a e-reader, you can purchase the books from there. You can purchase them cheaper through Amazon and Audible.
Where to donate used books: When you are finished with your book and do not mind donating it, most schools would gladly take them for the students. You can even write this off on your taxes! Check out the Alabama Library Association for more info. There are also tons of charities/organizations that love donations. Check out a few of them below:
- Pick Up Please
- Books for Africa
- We Give Books – Multiple organizations for book donating.
Check with your local Children’s Hospital, VA Hospital, and nursing homes to see if they want used books. Another great way to help and feel good about it! If you have any other ideas for buying/donating books, comment using the link at the beginning of this post. All the best, Natalie