I get a lot of people asking where I get my books, so here’s a short list of my favorite places:

  • BOOK OUTLET! This site is everything — you can get brand new bestselling hardcovers for $2. The scratch/dent books are insanely cheap (and usually in great condition), and every week they have 50 books that are an additional 50% off + a whole bunch of bargain books.
  • Book Depository is great for finding pretty international editions with free shipping. If you sign up for emails they have the occasional coupon too.
  • Books of Wonder is great if you want signed pre-orders!
  • AbeBooks has been the most reliable for used or out of print editions.
  • Half.com is awesome when you get a bunch of books from the same seller because  then shipping is reduced. And you can get sale coupons emailed to you for 10% off!
  • Goodreads giveaways!!! Seriously. I get several free books each month just by clicking all of the entry boxes.
  • Books-A-Million has some bargain books and autographed copies, but doesn’t really stand out in any area.
  • Review copies. Most of my books come from publishers now.
  • Library sales, thrift stores, giveaway piles outside of dorms on move out day, etc.
  • Barnes & Noble has notoriously bad online customer service (but the stores are usually great). They do have some decent sales if you combine the $10 off coupons with the 3/$30 YA hardcover sales!
  • Juniper Books is just straight up gorgeous.
  • Amazon has some pretty random sales, so I get a few books there but not many. If you follow authors on Twitter they’ll usually tweet when their book is on sale! A lot of kindle books seem to be $1.99 right before a sequel is released.
  • I’ve never bought books from Target or somewhere like that because it’s typically really expensive, but I mean… they have books. They are there.



23 comments on “Where I Buy Books”

  1. I seriously can’t get over how gorgeous your shelves are! I am obsessed with Book Outlet! I probably check the site every other day haha. I’ll have to try out Books-A-Million. I love finding signed books. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Do you buy any kindle books? I’m trying to get a kindle because digital books are cheaper than physical ones from amazon (and I’m out of shelf space…)

    • Yeah, definitely! I mostly get them if they’re on sale, if I’m really excited for a book & don’t want to wait an additional 5 hours for UPS to arrive on the release day, or as review copies I can read right that minute. So I do get a lot, but I’ll choose physical books if they’re cheaper/free.

  3. This is a great list. I have also been buying a lot of my books from Book Outlet recently. I only wish that I had known about it sooner!

  4. Thank you for creating this list! I have never heard of Book Outlet before, but oh my goodness it is amazing! All these sites are going to allow me to get even more books. (:

  5. Definitely believe that which you stated. Your favorite reason appeared to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people think about worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

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