Saturday, January 22, 2011

Books on a Budget (1)



Feeding your book addiction can get expensive. I know, there was a time when I would buy several hundreds of dollars worth of books in one day! But then I started realizing the consequences of spending too much money on books that was needed for more important things, so I started finding ways to minimize spending while still getting books I loved.

This feature, Books on a Budget, is where I will share with you guys the different ways to get books without busting the bank. They will be posted once a month

In this post, I’m going to focus on the easiest and least expensive way to get books:

FREE STUFF
Many publishers have websites and programs that give away books and other book related items for FREE. Below are the websites that I use:
(NOTE: the titles of the websites in bold are links)

Harlequin Teen Panel- This is a great site from Harlequin Teen. They have surveys on book covers and various author chats. They also give away books every once in a while, as well as some swag like posters and bookmarks. I got my copy of My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent from Harlequin Teen Panel, a My Soul to Save poster, and a  My Soul to Save bookmark.


Random Buzzers- This website is AMAZING! They are constantly giving away ARCs and other great books, holding author Q&As every week, and hosting fun contests and activities. By completing these activities you earn Buzz Bucks, which you can then use to “buy” books from the Buzzers Store. (Again, this is all completely free.)



PulseIt- On PulseIt, you can access to several free popular books. You read them online (no e-readers), and you have 60 days to read the book, which is really just a fancier way of saying 2 months. Then, all you have to do is write a review on the book and post it on the PulseIt website. This is a feature coming from Simon Pulse, so there are lots of really awesome books on there.



InGroup- From Mac Teen Books, InGroup offers two books each month that you can choose from. All you have to do is use the form on the side of the webpage to sign up and there you go!


Barnes and Noble First Look- Every once in a while, Barnes and Noble will offer up an ARC of an upcoming book. Keep looking and you’ll find when they put another book up. They also announce it on their Facebook whenever they have a new book up for grabs.


Simon and Schuster Free Stuff- Simon and Schuster is always offering free books, ebooks, and ARCs. All you have to do is enter the sweepstakes, and they may send you a book if you win. I received an ARC of Wither by Lauren Destefano from here.

FOR PEOPLE WITH E-READERS:

Free Nook Books- There are various Nook Books that Barnes and Noble offers for free. This page is constantly being updated, so check back often.

Free Kindle Books- Amazon also offers free Kindle books. Again, check this page frequently, as it’s updated periodically.

NetGalley- NetGalley is for basically anyone who has an e-reader. You can download ARCs for free and put them on your e-reader, but they only last for 60 days. After that, they expire from your library, and you no longer have access to them. But, 60 days is 2 months, so you definitely have enough time to finish the book. My advice, request as many books as you want, but only download them one at a time so that they don’t all expire at once. This is a great place to get some popular books.



That’s it for my first post of Books on a Budget. I hope you enjoyed, and I hope I helped you in some way!

5 comments:

  1. Awesome post :) Never heard of any of the pages.. So I will look a little bit around on them :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. That's really helpfull! I am already a user of netgalley and the S&S Galley Grab programme( of which I recently did a post).I think I won't get into the other offers, because I am an international blogger...

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  3. Thanks for the links--I'm too old for a lot of them (bummer), but will pass some of these on to my students.

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  4. Oh, my gosh ashley, thats soo cool! I have something similar, but its book related websites. any way, you blog is awesome, so im giving you the stylish blogger award!

    you can grab the button and read the post here-
    http://danadoesread.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award.html

    xo, Dana

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  5. Great post. This is really helpful. :) Thanks for posting!

    I wish everyone got a special book budget each month to use. Like a free book buying allowance that just popped into your purse each month.

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