Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Free books?

Reading is one of my passions, but being frugal, I don't like to spend money on books, magazines or even a newspaper. I can catch the news on the computer and read plenty of articles and magazine-like content online, but nothing is quite like stretching out on the couch with a good book, or tucking one in my purse to read while in the doctor's waiting room.

One way I've found to get good, free reading material is to trade with others. All of my kids love to read and two of them are here in town, so we trade books now and then. Although we don't always read the same kind of material, we now and then find one that we all enjoy.

How else to get free reading material? How about checking with a local Freecycle? Another way is to take some of your books to a used book store that will give you credit toward other books.

Yes, you can print books from online sources, but ink and paper are not free. There are a few places where you can trade books online, but postage is not free, either. I'm open to any ideas that anyone has on how to get more free reading material.


  1. You missed the most obvious - the public library.

  2. Oh, yeah... :) I do use the library!

  3. That's funny, I was going to suggest the Library too. However, I really like to write and make notes in my books. So I usually end up buying old used books from Amazon. I usually wait until I find about 5 books I want, then I can usually have an order that qualifies for free shipping.

  4. Nowadays, e-books are popular however it can’t change the epic paper books. They are cheap and don’t normally cause eye strain. :D