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Old 11-08-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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I like Better World Books--all their own stuff ships free and they have a big selection.

Also, check out Paperback Swap if you're not familiar with it. It's not good for new releases or best sellers, but is good for older mass paperbacks and classics.

Also, if you sign up for Amazon Prime, which is about $80/ year, you get free shipping and 2-day delivery on lots of stuff. It includes other things, too, like Amazon TV (which stoked my Madmen addiction earlier this year).
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I usually get mine from Goodwill or yard sales and flea markets. I also have my nook so I've gotten lots of ebooks waiting to be read and as many have mentioned there are several sites that offe free ebooks including Kobo, B & N, & Amazon.
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:01 PM
 
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Also, check out Paperback Swap if you're not familiar with it. It's not good for new releases or best sellers, but is good for older mass paperbacks and classics.
I second this. I've gotten quite a few books this way as well as passed along some to others.

If your area has a Goodwill Outlet store, they sell things buy the pound, although books might be a set rate. You can also browse Craigslist or go to garage sales.
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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If you have a Kindle you get great deals on e-books.


If you have an Amazon Prime account you also get good deals on books and free 2 day shipping (I think it costs $70-ish/year so after a few orders it starts to pay itself off because of the free 2 day shipping that otherwise would've cost you $6+)

***With Amazon Prime you can get a couple dollars off of each book that you wouldn't have gotten without the membership. Like I just bought Carl Hiaasen's Bad Monkey for like $17 instead of $27 AND I'll have it at my house in 1-2 days for free.
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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The problem comes when you're going to a site like Amazon, or even ABE, is when you're buying a bunch of (used) books, from a bunch of vendors. Each vendor will have a new shipping charge. So you want to go to one source. To get free shipping from Amazon, you have to be buying from Amazon. Not through them to another vendor.

You can sometimes get around that by finding a vendor on Amazon, and searching just their stock and see if you can get all the books you're looking for. Or, go to a large used book seller, like Powells, and buy everything direct from them.

Another place like ABE is Alibris. Or Goodwill books.
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Old 05-30-2020, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Before covid19, our library always had sales. I'd see boxes of books left at the return book bin where people donate.
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Old 05-30-2020, 06:07 PM
 
Location: my little town
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I check thrifbooks.com then ebay. I'll start checking other sites mentioned here. Many retail businesses moved out and resale moved in, so checking all the bookshelves at local thrift stores can take a few hours. One library had a fill a bag for $5 sale, so I cleaned up there.
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Old 05-31-2020, 09:37 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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Best place to get the cheapest books is book outlet. Next choice would be third party sellers on amazon. If you have a used bookstore near you, that's a good place to look, too.

Book of the Month is a good place, too. It's 14.99/month and you get one credit for a book. Each month they offer 5 selections of newly released books, sometimes pre-releases that won't be available anywhere else for a month or even two. You can also choose from a number of other books. You can also get up to two additional books each month for $9.99. If you buy an annual membership, the monthly credit works out to $12 and change, and if you do it at a time when they offer $10 off, it's $11 and change. For a new release, hardcover book, that's pretty good.

If you can wait 6 months or so, the cheapest prices will still be at book outlet or in the secondary market. But if you want brand new releases, BOTM is probably the best price.
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Old 06-04-2020, 03:32 AM
 
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BookMooch can move mountains. I've gotten some books that were supercommon. You have to request when you see the book available. If the person goes on vacation or closes the account, it's hard tidings.

BookMooch: free for the recipient. Postage paid by the sender.
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Old 06-04-2020, 05:13 PM
 
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I love Book Outlet, especially their Boxing Day sale. I like that the books are new.

Otherwise used book stores, library sales, ebay, Amazon.
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