As a book blogger I read a pretty large amount of books throughout the year. I try to average 2 books per week so I can keep up with and continue to have a consistent number of reviews posted each week here on my blog. I’m don’t quite have the status to receive tons of ARCs and review copies yet -I do get books from Tor/Forge and I am forever grateful for their awesomeness! This means I have to buy books and that ain’t always cheap! Here’s where I do my shopping….
Amazon – I typically get newer books and make any pre-orders from Amazon. I can usually find good prices, especially on YA novels and hardcovers if I’m purchasing new books. I also love that there are so many third-party sellers offering used books because hey, pre-loved books are just as good as new ones (depending on condition). I’ll be honest thought, I usually get new ones because I like keeping my lovelies in pristine condition. I also use a website called CamelCamelCamel.com to track the price on books- it will email you when any items on your Amazon wishlist drop below a certain price!
BookOutlet – After I started blogging last year, I discovered BookOutlet and since then I’ve bought an obscene number of books from this site. They have deeply discounted new (and Scratch & Dent) books of all genres and new books are added daily! The only downside is that they do charge shipping and it’s not super fast, but I make it worthwhile by ordering only when I can find 3+ books that I really really want. It’s great because you can find all kinds of great stuff you wouldn’t normally want to buy full price and it makes it a little bit easier to branch out into new territory. If you use my referral link HERE you get $5.00 just for signing up and if you make a purchase I get $5.00 too! Woohoo!
The Bargain Rack– Bookstores like Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble usually have a section where they have bargain books. I like to check these out every month or so to see if there’s anything new that I’d like to read. I’ve gotten $30 hardcovers for $6-$7, which is great. These are usually titles that have been out for a year or more but if you come across something that you’ve been meaning to read then it’s totally worth it! The bargain sections is both in-store and online for BAM and B&N.
Target– If you’re looking for a discounted new release Target will probably have it, especially if it’s a YA novel. I think these titles are usually discount 15-20% off of cover price (don’t quote me on that). If there’s a book I have to have RIGHT THIS SECOND I can go to Target and save a few dollars off cover price and binge read til morning.
Book Depository– I personally haven’t bought anything from Book Depository (yet!) but I’ve browsed their site on numerous occasions. What I like about this is that Book Depository offers free world-wide shipping AND you can get those lovely UK editions of books. Or US editions. You know, it’s whatever you like.