As a lifelong learner, I LOVE to read. I am a quick reader and every year I go through a lot of books, which can get expensive! I am also pretty thrifty when it comes to finding good deals, so here I am to share the ways I read for cheap (and a LOT of times for free!)
1. LIBBY, BY OVERDRIVE APP
I always check Libby for a book first, because it is free! This App is powered by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library. It is basically the Library in digital form. You can check out both Ebooks and Audiobooks! Even if E-reading isn't your thing, I would still encourage you to download the app just for the Audiobooks! Most Real Estate Agents spend a lot of time in the car, which is a great time to consume Podcasts or Ebooks. Sure, you can do Audible, but that's $15/mo for 1 book. Libby is $0 a month for 6 books (there is no limit to how many you can check out per month, but you can only have 6 checked out at a time).
The downsides are they don't have every book, and sometimes there is a waitlist for a book.
To use Libby, just download it from the App Store. If you already have a Library card, enter it into the app. If you need to sign up for a library card, you can get a digital card here.
If the thought of a used books gives you the heebie-jeebies, this is probably not the best option for you, but if it doesn't bother you, www.thriftbooks.com is a great option!
Books are cheap, almost always under $10. I have even gotten books for as little as $3. And you only have to spend $10 to get Free Shipping. I usually spend about $12 and end up with 3 books shipped to me for free!
Like Libby, they don't always have every book in stock, but it's definitely worth checking!
3. AMAZON'S "GREAT ON KINDLE"
I stumbled upon the "Great on Kindle" section of Amazon by accident, but I am so glad I did! I ordered a Personal Development Book for my kindle that was $10.99. Amazon then gave me a 75% credit back to spend on any "Great on Kindle" title. So, I applied my $8.25 credit to another book that was $14.99 and with my credit, I only spent $4.75 on that book! Now, here's the cool part, I GOT ANOTHER CREDIT, and it was based on the price of the book, not what I spent. So, my next credit was for $11.25, and I bought another book for around $1. I got another credit for that purchase for about $8, which I have not yet used.
When I checked Amazon today my account states you get 25% credit back (as opposed to 75%), but new users may still get 75%. Even if the have reduced it to 25%, Amazon Kindle books are still very reasonable!
4. kindle unlimited
Kindle Unlimited is offered through Amazon for $10 per month. They also offer a free month free trial so you can try before you buy! Kindle Unlimited gives you Unlimited Access to select Ebooks. I definitely think it is worth the $10, IF you use it! I don't consistently keep a Kindle Unlimited account. I tend to subscribe for a month, read a few books on KU, then unsubscribe for a few months and use the methods above for my reading. If there is a specific book I want to read that isn't available through the Library, Thrift Books or the price for the Kindle book is more than $10, I will subscribe to Kindle to read that book (and a few others) and then cancel again.
I hope you found this helpful! And if you have a cheap reading "hack" I would love it if you shared it in the comments!