Let’s face it, for some of us book bloggers adding a a new book to our collection is an addiction. And no matter how big our TBR pile is, we are not going to stop scouring the shelves. When adding to your personal library, here are a few tips to consider. . . you know so you can buy extra tea and bookmarks.
I know very few readers who would turn away a “pre-read” novel. Many used book stores offer trade credit so you can trade-in your old books for new ones. I can’t tell you how many mint condition books I’ve found just scouring the shelves, especially in YA sections. Check the Indie Bound store locator for used bookstores near you.
The Buy N Trade
Okay, this takes some skill. We have gone to library brown bag sales ( get a bag and for 3-5 dollars fill it up) with the purpose of trading them in at the used bookstore for credit. Keep in mind each used book store is different so call ahead and find out their policy!
For example, our used book store won’t accept hardcover over-sized books if a paperback is already out. Either way, this has the potential to be low-reward.
Buy In Pairs = Free Shipping
booksamillion.com, BN.com and even Amazon offer free shipping on most books when you spend 25$ or more. Take advantage of this when you want those shiny hardcover new releases. Find two new releases and purchase them together to save you money on shipping
With memes like Waiting on Wedensday you can see upcoming books far in advance. If you pre-order online you can receive a book for a much cheaper price.
For instance, I ordered The Fault In Our Stars by John Green from Amazon in July for 8.99, knowing the book wasn’t coming out until January. Keep in mind when the website will charge. Barnes and Noble charges you when it is shipped while Amazon charges straight up.
Changes in Cover Art
Novel covers can sometimes get a makeover and you might find a deal on the old version. Check out bargain sections online or in-store for older editions. For example, we found old editions of The Uglies series at Books-A-Million for $3.97
Last but not least, try scouring Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader and your favorite blogs for giveaways. Remember there are no guarantees and it is a numbers game. The more contests you enter the greater your chance of winning. If you win, be sure to thank the giver and give the prize a review.
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