A recent question asked on Amazon revealed that we spend a lot of money to read. Some replied they spend hundreds of pounds a month on books, while some even spend thousands.

This really does not make sense when we have a lot of options available today to reduce our book buying expense.

There are people who will continue to spend a lot on books simply because they enjoy having a library of favourites in their home. However, there are many options available to us to cut our book buying costs.

Use a Library

This first suggestion seems very commonplace, yet many book buyers confess to rarely visiting their library. If you only wish to read a book, not own it, visit your library. Membership is free and as long as you don’t incur late fines, you will never have to pay to read a book. Even if you plan on buying a certain book you really should check it out from the library first and read it. This way you will know for certain that you really want to buy it.

Buy E-books

There are thousands of titles available today for e-readers. There are tons that are free and many others that sell for 99p. Some will charge £1.99 or £2.99 but a paper book can easily cost between £15 and £25. If you do not have an e-reader yet, consider investing in one. Even though the initial cost is high, the savings in the long run make it worth it.

Browse Used Book Shops

If you are dead set on buying books, be smart about it. Browse the used book sections of book shops instead of ordering the book brand new. Many used books are in great condition because the reader only reads it once.

Participate in a Book Exchange

There are many book exchanges that happen both online and off. This is simply an opportunity to trade a book you are tired of or do not particularly like for one that you want to have in your library. Check online to see if there are active book exchanges in your area, or ask the local librarian. If there isn’t one, start one yourself!

Follow these tips to be able to enjoy the books and genres that are your favourite without spending a fortune.


Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) , What Stationers (2007) and more recently, Peter Millikin (2018). Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment.

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