Friday, November 8, 2013

Build A Blog On A Budget : Books ! Want/Need

Running a book blog can get expensive, so we've come up with some money-saving blogging tips ! A big part of any book blog budget are, of course, the books ! With all the discovery between  Stacking the Shelves and Waiting on Wednesday, you might wonder how to turn your wish list into a TBR pile without breaking the bank.

On The Web

Overstock offers a lot of discounts for  designer and brand name items, but did you know they also have great deals on books ? Members of Club O (19.95/year. . . cheaper than B&N membership) receive free shipping and get 15% back on some purchases.

Better World Books
Better World Books is an online used book store with a conscious. A percentage of each book sale is donated to help promote literacy. You can find older and newer titles, but the best deals are on backlist titles. A great place to start if you need to get a backlist of a series. Also, free shipping worldwide

Trade, Borrow, Repeat

The great thing about the  book blogging community is that we are always finishing and starting new books. Here are just some places you can trade/borrow for books you've been wanting.

Around the country local libraries are going digital.  Check with your local library to see if they have a catalog on Overdrive. This platform allows you to borrow e-books and audiobooks from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Since you don't have to go to the library to return them  it will also save you the gas (and the late fee).

In Store

TJMaxx & Marshalls
I'm amazed every time I walk into one of these discount stores and  find about 4-6 newly released popular titles for 20-40% off.  Recently, I've spotted Bone Season, Divergent and Cuckoo's Calling.

If you are feeling lucky you can check out your local Goodwill to see what's been donated in their book section.You might not find newer releases, but you never know !

Do you have any tips for scoring great deals on books ? Let us know in the comments ! 


  1. I never thought to look for books at TJ Maxx and I'm there all the time! Library sales are my JAM. I always thought they would be full of dusty old paperbacks (which I'm sure some of them are), but you can catch some great deals on newer books, too. I'm fairly sure that a bookstore donated some of its overstock to the VCU Library sale, because they had several copies of some of the same titles that had just come out within the last year and they all looked brand new. I use this site to scope out when sales are coming up:

  2. Oh, I forgot all about the VCU Library Sale. That link is awesome ! I see a library sale is coming up soon I'll have to check it out. Thanks, Shannon

  3. Better World Books is one of my FAVORITE places to buy books! Love that they're also eco-friendly. :)

  4. I've gotten some pretty good deals at Target! Today I got a signed copy of Champion by Marie Lu for only about $15!


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