open-bookIf you have a good equipped local library, you may get lucky and get the books you want and don’t have to pay a dime. Last year I had a good run for a while when I managed to get caught up with al lot of books on my wish list. Sone where even digital, which I could read on my OverDrive app. But there is one big disadvantage: You you cannot keep them.

Keeping is a big point for me. Because keeping means I get to mark the best pages and can highlight my favorite quotes, which allows me to revisit those whenever I want to. This works in digital and printed books. However, obviously not in audiobooks. I know depending on the format there are also ways to set bookmarks, but that is not the same.

Audiobooks are great, because you can listen to them almost everywhere. You get to “read” more books this way and especially novels are really fun when a good voice artists is reading them. However, all of the best non-fiction books I have listened to as audiobooks, I also bought as printed books or ebooks. So I could grab them and look up information at any time I want to.

Here are four great sources, I discovered and want to share with you:

  • BuckBooks
    Short two-day deals of various ebooks (Kindle). Announcement via email. Random books, but books are only $1 or free on Fridays!
  • AbeBooks
    Online book dealer with millions of new & used books, rare books and out of print books. The used book section is great and carries books from very reliable vendors like for example Goodwill or many smaller local bookstores. 
  • Project Gutenberg
    Carries more than 45,000 ebooks for free.
  • Thrift Books
    Sells a bunch of used books for low prices. Shipping is free within the U.S.


Okay this one doesn’t fit into the keep it category, but I stumbled over them while writing on the post and really like the idea:


  • BooksFree
    Can you remember when Netflix used to mail you DVDs? Well they are still doing that to this date, but I don’t know anyone who has made use of that service in the last two years. I am digressing. BooksFree does exactly that with print and ebooks, as well as with audiobooks. Free books for *cough* a monthly membership of course.


Have fun reading!



This was Quick Tip No 51.