Buying books on a budget

If you want to transport yourself another world then you’ll always find the answer somewhere in a good book. Here are some novel ideas on how to deepen your love of literature for next to nothing…

Free portable books

You can now read books anytime, anywhere thanks to the e-Readers like Amazon’s Kindle. Any book you can think of is likely to be available for an e-Reader, from novels to gardening manuals and everything in between. This cuts out the need to buy an actual book, and saves you valuable space at home. Some free books are available for the Kindle on Amazon and many titles sell for as little as 99p offers access to over a million books, audio books and a selection of magazines for £7.99 a month on Amazon.

Borrow books from the library

Your local library is a fantastic resource for free books. Libraries cost nothing to join and offer a huge selection of books, eBooks and audiobooks to borrow. Go to your local library website to find your nearest library. The Open Library is an amazing new website which is working towards building a web page for every book ever published – both in print and out of print. All you have to do is sign up for access to the impressive catalogue.

Second-hand book shops

If you like buying books to keep, how about shopping second hand? Charity shops such as Oxfam have extensive book sections, where you can often pick up real bargains. They also list second-hand books to buy online. Another great site is Waterstones Marketplace which has over 150 million used books – we found one for just 73p in their 'bargain' section! Also visit World of Books, which recycles over 4 million used books a month – fab stuff for the planet.

Free classic books

Did you know that every year new books enter the public domain when their copyright expires. This means more classic books are available for you to read free of charge. Check out website Gutenberg which offers over 56,000 free eBooks, many of which are classic works with expired copyright. Good Reads is another fantastic site for more classic books for free. Plus, you can create your own 'bookshelf' to organise your books and comment on your friends' story reviews – like an online book club!

Book comparison sites

There are comparison sites for just about everything, so why not books? is a handy site which helps you find new and used books in the UK at low prices. Just type in your chosen title and scan the results for a top deal.

Free audiobooks

If you love books but find it hard making time to sit and read, then an audiobook might be the answer. You can listen for free via your phone while travelling or exercising on websites such as CastBox, Open Culture and LibriVox. Amazon’s Audible offers a free 30 day trial that you can cancel at any time. After that, it's £7.99 a month, which gives you access to more than 200,000 books and the latest bestsellers. Many local libraries also offer an audiobook service for free so pay them a visit too.

Happy reading!