A lot of people ask 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 super 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. And then there are $5 off coupons, free shipping over $35, and they’re constantly having sales for further discounts.
  • 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 perfect if you want signed pre-orders!
  • Here’s the full list of where I get signed books.
  • AbeBooks has used or out of print editions.
  • Half.com has used books, but it’s usually more hassle than it’s worth because everyone lists them under the wrong ISBN or condition.
  • Goodreads giveaways!!! Seriously. I get several free books each month just by clicking a few entry boxes.
  • Blogging for Books – I get about 40 books each year from them for free.
  • Books-A-Million has some good bargain book prices and autographed copies
  • Review copies. Almost all of my books come from publishers now. I maybe buy like 1 book every 3 months.
  • Library sales, thrift stores, giveaway piles outside of dorms on move out day, etc.
  • Juniper Books is just straight up gorgeous.
  • Amazon has the most reliable shipping for preorders in my experience. And 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 super expensive, but I mean… they have books. They are there.
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45 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. (:

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