Because I love a good deal and almost never pay full price for anything, below are my best recommendations for where to buy books online cheap.
Where to Buy Books Online CHEAP!
Stating the obvious! You can shop for good deals on books, ebooks, and audiobooks on mega-retailer Amazon.
A few Amazon book programs I like are:
- First Reads - by which Amazon Prime members can choose one or more free ebooks from a curated selection each month
- Kindle Unlimited - by which subscribers can read an unlimited selection of ebooks and audiobooks in the Kindle Unlimited library for free
- Prime Reading - by which Amazon Prime members can borrow ebooks for free
And if you aren’t a Prime member, get your first 30 days for free.
Audible is the audiobook giant owned by Amazon. I have used the service for years and love it. For $14.95 a month, you get a credit for 1 audiobook and unlimited access to Audible's Premium Plus catalog.
Barnes & Noble
Book of the Month Club
Book of the Month (BOTM) Club is a fun, affordable, and helpful book subscription service. Each month, they pick out five books, which are hot new releases and not yet publicly released books, in a variety of categories and you pick one hardcover title for $14.99. You can add on additional books for just $10.
Book Outlet offers a wide variety of books for adults and children, including many best sellers and new releases, at rock bottom prices (usually around $5-8 each). It takes a while to search through their site, but it's worth taking an hour and stocking up a few times a year, as shipping is free over $35.
Bookshop.org is an online bookstore that supports independent bookstores, and it has been growing in popularity, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic when independent bookstores have struggled. You can purchase books and audiobooks and either choose a specific independent bookstore to support or support all independent bookstores collectively. While they aren't generally the cheapest option available, you can often find deals better or equally comparable to the bigger box options, so it's worth checking out.
Libro.fm is another excellent audiobook provider, which supports independent bookstores. For $14.99 per month, you get credit for any audiobook of your choice, to which you can listen on the Libro.fm app. This is another amazing audiobook service I regularly use and love.
Scribd is a subscription service by which members can listen to an "unlimited" number of digital products, including ebooks and audiobooks for $9.99 per month via desktop or on the Scribd app. I say "unlimited" in quotes because the service generally only allows you to access about 4 or 5 newer releases a month, then it restricts your use to older releases until the next month begins. Still, it's a great value, and I am a happy subscriber.
Thriftbooks is a great place where to buy books online cheap, as they sell used books at very steep discounts and ship purchases over $10 for free (usually, I can order 2-3 used books and get free shipping).
BONUS TIP: Get Cash Back on Books and More
Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) is a free cash rebate program where you get cash back when making online purchases, with a simple click in their Google Chrome extension or their app for mobile.
For example, in Google Chrome, when you are shopping, a popup will offer you cashback from that store (which is usually 1% to 10%+). Just click it!
The mobile app functions like a search bar, where you simply search for a store, click it and shop.
I have made over $2,300.00+ cash back since 2014! There are no costs or hidden catches. Rakuten makes money from stores, and Rakuten then distributes some of its own earnings with users. It's a win-win for everyone!
For more information, read my full Rakuten.com review here.
Those are my personal favorite places where to buy books online cheap. Never pay full price on your reading habit again!