Reading is a great activity for people of all ages in Australia. Some prefer hardcover and paperback books, while others go for the digital route through eBooks. Whether for school, work or as a hobby, reading plays a big role in how we learn new things and develop our communication skills. While it comes with many benefits, it can also be very expensive. This shouldn’t be a concern as there are simple ways to save money and enjoy this activity.
eBooks are generally less expensive compared to their hard copy counterparts.
Here are five money-saving tips on books and eBooks:
Visit your local library
This ones seems obvious right? Looking for a place filled with books and where you don’t need to spend money to read? Go to the local library. It should be the most obvious answer but in this world where everything seems to go digital, the good old library may be taken for granted. It’s the easiest way to save money on books – just be mindful of any fines for books that are not returned on time.
Buy secondhand books
If you’re serious about cutting costs, consider buying pre-loved books. There are so many bookstores and online shops that offer a wide selection of books and other reading materials. Obviously, secondhand books come at discounted prices, letting you save money. eBay.com is a great source for secondhand books in Australia!
Sell your old books to fund your new ones
Speaking of eBay, once you are finished reading a book, instead of cluttering up your house with books you are never going to touch again, consider selling your old books online. Likewise second hand book stores usually have a booking buying and trading scheme. Go in and ask them what you offer.
Don’t buy books at regular prices
As with most purchases, wait until the books you’ve been eyeing for become on sale, especially if you don’t need them right away. Watch out for the sale season of bookstores in your area. Also, a quick search online and you’ll find several websites that offer discount codes and digital coupons that can help a lot in saving money.
Watch out for eBook bargains and free eBook offers.
eBooks are generally less expensive compared to their hard copy counterparts. To further save money, keep tab of websites that offer eBooks at lower prices. Some websites even release eBook best-sellers that you can get for free.
Borrow eBooks online.
If you are a regular eBook reader, then consider getting a Kindle Unlimited account via Amazon Australia. For a fee of $13.99 per month, you can download up to 10 books at a time. When you read your 10 book limit, it simply asks you to pick a book in your library to return. This is also great for a family who can share one login and use that low monthly fee for the entire family.
Books and eBooks can be costly, but that shouldn’t stop you from learning new things through reading. Keep these simple tips in mind so you can read more and save money.
Got other tips on saving money when it comes to books and eBooks in Australia? Share your ideas in the comments section below.