I read a lot. I mean a lot. I don't always read the classics either. I've been known to dive into a Michael Chrichton book or two. Sometimes I even dive into the teen book frenzies. 

After buying these books the value drops by a lot. I don't want to go through the trouble of selling them online. I could get somewhere from $2-$4 for each book. It's not worth the hassle. 

I could also sell them to my local used bookstore, but they don't always accept certain books. Especially paperback. 

So what to do? 

Well I recently discovered two ways to get books for free or for really cheap. so now I don't have this problem anymore. 

Book Close Outs

bookcloseoutBook Close Outs provides All Books 50-80% off everyday, all day. 

You might be asking yourself how they can do such a thing? I asked myself the same thing. It turns out that they are not selling used books. They are selling new books that haven't been read that the publishers sell for cheap to get rid of excess inventory. Either the publisher printed to many copies or a bookstore bought too many and asks for credit. 

Either way, those books end up being a 'Bargain Book' as they call it. They mark it as such because since it was returned once they can't sell it for full price. If someone ends up with the book and they want to return it back to the publisher, they won't be able to because its marked as a 'Bargain Book'. 

mark(104742)This is great for us because so many people want to buy shining books for $30 rather than a book with a tiny little mark for $10. Here's an example of such a mark on the right. 

I don't know about you, but I'll take it! 

If the book isn't a bargain book, then that means it has come back from a book store with some kind of small defect, like a dent or a scratch. Here is the list of things that might be wrong with the book:

  • scratched dust jacket
  • wrinkled dust jacket
  • dented corner
  • dented binding
  • missing dust jacket
  • title may be a single volume of a multi-volume set

None of the above changes the fact that the book is in perfectly good condition and is sold to you brand new for a fraction of the price. I was sold. 

Even though they don't accept returns the prices are so low that it's a non-issue. 

Books Free

booksfreeBooksfree is like the Netflix for books. It's an online rental service for paperback, children's and audiobooks. If you sign up, you get access to all of their titles. It's a monthly plan that starts at $11.75/ month. 

Obviously there aren't any due dates or late fees and shipping is free. The first month is 50% off and if you use this code - LBF6 - you get 60% off. 

How much you pay depends on what kind of plan. You can rent only paperback books or you can rent only audio books. You can also do a combination of both. It's your choice. 

I hope you save buckets of money with these two resources! Never wonder what to do with your collection of 100 Dean Koontz books every again!