CHEAP & FREE BOOKS

WHERE TO GET CHEAP & FREE BOOKS

There are many great books that can help you manage your finances, save money, and even make money. But if buying a book is not in your budget, not to worry, you can get many great books on loan at the public library, and some new & used books you can even get for free. In fact we recommend visiting your local library to read books instead of buying, or you can preview books before buying, so there are no surprises in what you’re getting for your money. We also list places you can get free books (new & used) locally, from generous members of your local community.

DISCOUNT BOOK SELLERS:

www.Amazon.com
Amazon.com sells new books and has great customer service. They often have books at discount prices, plus you can often get huge discounts through Amazon Marketplace Independent Sellers – new and used books at up to 90% off list price. Amazon Marketplace Independent Sellers set their own price and shipping fees but all payments are made with most major credit cards, securely through Amazon.com. When you’re shopping on Amazon.com you can tell if you’re buying direct from Amazon or from an independent seller buy looking at the “sold” and “shipped from” notations at the top of the page just under the book title. If it says the book ships from or is fulfilled by Amazon then you’re buying from Amazon. If it says the book ships from Marty’s Books (or other non Amazon seller), then you know it’s an independent seller. We’ve been buying from Amazon for many years and can’t say enough about their great customer service. Amazon also offer “super saver” shipping on most books they sell – buy at least $25 worth of books that ship from Amazon.com and shipping may be free!

www.HamiltonBook.com
New books discounted 25% to 80% or more. Orders are placed on the Internet and both VISA and MasterCard are accepted. Shipping is $3.50 per order PLUS .40 cents per book. They have a “no questions asked” money back satisfaction guarantee. All books are new but some may be overstock from publishers and book stores (and may have minor imperfections from being on book shelves and being handled by employees or customers). This is also referred to as “shop wear”. Some of their books may be publisher’s closeouts or overstock with “remainder marks” on them. A remainder mark is how publishers and sellers mark a book as overstock or a wholesale return. Remainder marks are usually a simple black mark (with permanent marker) on the bottom of the book, on the page edges. The mark does not affect the inner pages. Most remainder marks aren’t even noticeable unless you purposely look for them. When books sold by HamiltonBook.com have any damage by handling or have remainder marks it will be in the description. They only ship to addresses with United States Zip Codes. However, due to customs and content restrictions, they cannot ship to APO and FPO addresses.

www.EdwardRHamilton.com
The books you buy come from the same company as above (HamiltonBook.com), usually at the same prices and in the same condition. The difference is mainly that EdwardRHamilton sells new books by mail order only with payment by money orders or checks only. You can visit EdwardRHamilton.com to browse and select the books you want, then print out an order form using your own printer (or write a list by hand), but you need to mail your order using snail mail. The advantage to this is shipping is only $3.50 per order, no matter how many books you purchase and there is no additional per book fee. That alone is a fantastic reason to buy from EdwardRHamilton – if you’re an avid book reader and plan to buy many books. They have the same “no questions asked” money back satisfaction guarantee as HamiltonBook.com. As with HamiltonBooks.com, EdwardRHamilton only ships to addresses with United States Zip Codes, and due to customs and content restrictions, they cannot ship to APO and FPO addresses.

–>> Many of us here at PracticalWaysToSaveMoney have been purchasing books from HamiltonBook.com and EdwardRHamilton.com for over 20 years and have never been disappointed. We’ve just discovered they’re working on the EdwardRHamilton website and may be combining both websites (HamiltonBooks and EdwardRHamilton) in the near future. If you have trouble viewing either website while they’re being updated you can request a catalog be sent to you by mail, using the address below. When ordering through the hard copy catalog by mail, and by paying with a money order or check, shipping is only $3.50 per order, no matter how many books you purchase (no additional per book fee).

Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller Company
PO Box 15
Falls Village, CT 06031-0015

Your Local Public Library
Most public libraries hold book sales when they need to make room for new books or if the library is scheduled to shut down. Valuable books with useful content often sell for less than $1.00. You usually do not have to be a member of the library or have a library card to buy these books, but it’s a good idea to sign up for library card because that’s how you’ll easily find out about the book sales. If you plan on going to a Public Library book sale we recommend you get there on the first day and get there early. Bookworms and book resellers often keep track of these sales and snatch up all the best books right away. We also recommend visiting your local library to preview books before buying from websites or online sellers, so there are no surprises in what you’re getting for your money.

www.Half.com
Half.com is an ebay company. Independent sellers offer extremely cheap new & used books, sometimes as cheap as .75 each. Shipping is usually about $3 per book. You need to sign up for a Half.com or eBay account to place your order. Each seller is independent. They set their own prices and their own return/refund policies. You need to look at the seller’s feedback reputation and other factors to be sure you’re getting a good deal. Never buy from an eBay or Half.com seller if you do not agree to their refund policy or if you get a bad vibe from them because eBay and Half.com offers little to no customer service if you run into a problem. For payments you do not need to use PayPal (as you do with eBay). You can use most major credit cards. Checks and money order payments are sometimes accepted but are deliberately and actively discouraged by eBay. In fact eBay goes out of its way to make it difficult for Half.com and eBay sellers to except money order and check payments. Half.com sellers are allowed to accept checks and money orders but they are not allowed to tell you this. They also are not required to accept checks or money orders. Keep this in mind if you do not want to use a credit card or debit card to pay. One last note, when ordering from any eBay or Half.com seller, we NEVER recommend paying by personal check as this can open you up to identity theft (never pay an unknown individual by personal check). You should also never pay with debit card since most debit cards do not offer the same protection as credit cards. We mention all of this here since customer satisfaction with Half.com and eBay sales is hit & miss.

www.BarnesandNoble.com
On several ocassions we’ve compared prices between Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble online by placing 10 or more identical books in shopping carts at both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com at the same time and found the grand total is always cheaper at Amazon.com, although individual book prices are not always cheaper. One reason is you can often get fantasic discounts on some books and there is often free shipping when ordering from Amazon.com. Barnes & Noble does also have independent sellers who sell books at a discount, but we’ve found the indepenedant sellers on Amazon offer better prices and better selection. And while customer service in Barnes & Noble stores has always been great, we have not been happy with their online customer service. For these reasons we cannot recommend Barnes & Noble for discounts prices* but we mention it for those who may want to compare prices.

* One exception – Barnes & Noble stores always have a clearance section. What books are offered and how deep of a discount is something you can never predict and is different for each store. If you have a Barnes & Noble near you it’s a good idea to stop in regularly to see which books are on clearance.

E-Books
If you own an e-reader, a computer, or tablet that gives you the ability to read e-books, then you probably already know e-books are usually cheaper than hard copies and paper back books. For those not familiar with e-books; low end types look and read similar to PDF files (or may even be PDF files), while better e-books may look and function similar to a basic website. If you’re considering buying an e-reader we suggest you first try reading e-books on your computer with a free app or software program to first see if it’s something you enjoy. Many people prefer holding an actual book and find e-books to be a let down. Also, with many books the price difference between e-books and actual books is not that much – sometimes there’s only a small differnce of a few dollars in price. For example a regular book may be $19.00 while the e-book may be $14.00. And then there are times when you can get an e-book for .99 cents, although this is rare for better books and those on best seller lists. The exception to that rule is with Amazon.com. Amazon offers Kindle Daily Deals with e-books for $1.99 or less, and Featured Monthly Kindle Books for $3.99 or less.

But there are other advantages to e-books, other than saving money; there’s saving trees, saving space, and the ability to search books much the same way that you can search a website or the internet, using keywords.

There are many different types of e-readers, with different fuctions (some can do more than just allow you to read e-books), different operating systems, different limitations, different sizes, and different prices. And just like computers and computer software, e-readers can have glitches and can sometimes be difficult to use. Some e-readers just show pages in basic black and white, with no images. Some e-readers show pages and images in color (this also depends on how the e-book was created). Some e-readers also allow you to search the Internet, read email, and more. There are so many choices available today it would take an entire book to cover them all, and the choice change virtually every month or so, with new features and new styles constantly being offered as e-reader companies compete with each other for your business.

We also have to mention you can also get e-books for free. Some companies that sell e-readers will offer e-books for free or load their e-readers with free e-books to get you started. Amazon.com deliberately sells their e-readers as cheaply as possible and offers hundreds of free books at Amazon.com in hopes you’ll like their product (the Kindle) and buy your e-books from them too. To give you an idea as to how much Amazon.com wants your business should you decide to buy their e-book (Kindle), when we did a recent search on Amazon.com for “free e-books”, over 93,000 books came up in our search.

So, if you’re considering saving money on books by using an e-reader we suggest doing these two things first:
1. Try reading a free e-book on your computer with a free e-book reading app/software, or better yet, borrow a friends e-reader. See if you like reading e-books before you spend money on an e-reader.
2. Do your research. Read as many reviews as you have time and patience for. Our favorite place to read reviews is Amazon.com, partly because they have a system that shows you if the person who created the review actually bought the item on Amazon or not. While this does not eliminate fake reviews, it does help cut down on that possibility.

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WHERE TO GET FREE NEW & USED BOOKS:

If buying a book is not in your budget, not to worry, you can get many great books on loan at the public library, and there are also places you can get books to keep, for free. Here are three ways to get books for free:

www.Freecycle.org
Freecycle.org is a website that lists items (many different items, not just books) people are giving away for free. Yes, for free. Some items are new, most are used, but all are absolutely free. We highly recommend checking out freecycle, but before you do we feel it’s important you understand how the system works. Freecycle.org also has numerous glitches, the system is chronically flawed and problematic, and can be confusing to use, so knowing the ins and outs of freecycle before you attempt to sign up and look for freebies is a good idea. Before heading on over to freecycle.org please do yourself a favor and read more about it on our page devoted to freecycle.

www.Craigslist.com
Really?! Yes, really! Craigslist has something called “FREE” pages, also called free offers. They look and work similar to classified ads, only the items are free. There are many different items given away for free on Craigslist, not just books. But just like freecycle, there are problems with Craigslist’s free pages/offers. The problems are not so bad that you should not look for great deals there, but there are in fact some big problems that can cause you a huge headache. For this reason we highly recommend you read our page devoted to Craigslist Free Pages before looking for those freebies.

Your Local Public Library
Many public libraries offer used books for free when they need to make room for new books. Sometimes these are referred to as “free sales” or giveaways. In most cases you do not have to be a member of the library or have a library card to get these books, but it’s a good idea to sign up for library card because that’s how you’ll easily find out about the book giveaways.  If you plan on going to a Public Library “free sale” we recommend you get there on the first day and get there early. Bookworms and book resellers often keep track of these sales and snatch up all the best books right away.

E-Books
Many e-books are free. See the information we’ve posted on e-books above. All the same information applies, plus this: Many companies that sell e-readers will offer e-books for free or load their e-readers with free e-books to get you started. Amazon.com deliberately sells their e-readers as cheaply as possible and offers hundreds of free books in hopes you’ll like their product (Kindle) and buy your e-books from them too. To give you an idea as to how much Amazon.com wants your business should you decide to buy their e-book (Kindle), when we did a recent search on Amazon.com for “free e-books”, over 93,000 books came up in our search. Just remember the e-reader is not free.

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