• Jenn Kalchik

My Favorite Places to Get Books

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

Coupon for Thriftbooks included in this post.

My goal is to read 75 books before the end of 2020. I don't want to reread all the books on my shelf, and yet I don't have space or the budget to purchase every book I want to read. Reading books doesn't have to cost a fortune. Learn where I get all my books from without breaking the bank!

My Local Library

Getting a library card from your local library is one of the best ways to be able to read books without having to pay for each book. I'm able to browse online to find the books I'm looking for and reserve them without having to spend time wandering the library. Other than providing books. libraries are essential for communities to stay connected and provide resources that might not otherwise be available.


Through my local library, I am able to use Libby, which is how you access ebooks and audiobooks through Microsoft OverDrive. Libby lets you borrow digital content like ebook, audiobooks, and more. Depending on your library's agreement with Libby, you can borrow anywhere between 5-10 items at any time, and you can use multiple library cards on Libby. The only downside to Libby is that they have a specific quantity of titles available so it's first come first serve. You are able to place holds through Libby so you can reserve a spot for the next copy of the title you want.


Hoopla is another online library I have access too through my local library. Not only do I have access to ebooks and audiobooks, but I can also access some movies. One of my favorite things about Hoopla is that they don't limit loans based on availability as Libby does. You are able to check out 5-10 items at a time, however, they cap you at 5-10 items per month rather than at any time.


I save Audible for books that I cannot find at my library or through Libby/Hoopla. You can either pay $14.95/month for a membership to get one credit to purchase any audiobook, or you can pay for audiobooks out of pocket. If you get an Audible membership, you have access to two free Audible originals each month (from a select list they provide).


If I want to purchase a physical copy of a book, I love usingThriftbooks. They have a great selection of books at discount prices. Thriftbooks also sells repurposed books from libraries. In addition, they also provide a discount for correctional facilities to purchase books for their libraries.

*I have a coupon for 15% off your first purchase for the first five people! Follow the link and use the coupon at checkout to enjoy the discount. If you end up purchasing books using the code, I'll get reward points towards receiving a free book.

Goodreads Giveaways

Prerelease books are listed for giveaway by publishers and authors, and members of GoodReads can enter to win. Winners are picked at random. I've won a couple of books through this option, including The Two Lives of Lydia Bird!

Local Bookstores

If I want to give a book as a gift, I try to purchase them from my local bookstores. By purchasing from a brick and mortar store, you're helping support local businesses and the economy.

Little Free Library

I love the concept of the Little Free Library: people build little libraries and people can take and give books as they see fit! My cardinal rule of using these is if I want to take a book from here, I need to leave a book behind.

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