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Do you love reading? Are you an avid reader like me? I love reading but I also love being frugal. For this reason, I have completely stopped buying physical books. Not buying books allows me to keep my apartment tidy and not clutter it with books that I really read once!
However, just because I am not buying books doesn’t mean that I have stopped reading! This post gives you 4 places to read books for free!
1. Go to the library
The first and most obvious choice is going to the library to read books for free. If you don’t have a library card, you can still go to the library and read them on the spot!
However, you’re going to have to make a library card if you want to borrow books to take home to read.
I love visiting the library and I personally have a library card. Making a library card is super quick – it literally takes just a few seconds. All you have to show is a piece of government-issued ID and proof of address (a bill works fine).
The library card then gives you access to thousands of books, videos, audiobooks, and more!
If your local branch does not have the book that you’re looking for, you can also place a hold on the item. You’re then put on the waitlist and the library will let you know once your item has come in! Whoohoo! I love the library hold system because I can reserve books that are only available at branches that are too far away from my house!
2. Go to the bookstore
My second favourite place to read books for free is at the bookstore. I love the vibe at the bookstore. Everyone is here to check out books and reading books is completely not frowned upon here!
Sometimes, I even spend an entire day at the bookstore just consuming books. What’s best, the bookstore usually has the most recent releases so you don’t have to put yourself on a long waiting list like at the library!
3. Find free books online
Some days, I find myself too lazy to leave the house. What’s great is that you can now read books from the comfort of your home, as long as you have an Internet connection.
Here are some great web sites to check out for free books:
- Project Gutenberg has over 57,000 titles available from the public domain.
- Internet Archive has over 15,000,000 free downloadable books and texts!
- 1novels allows you to read complete books online free of charge!
When in doubt, I just google “book title + free + pdf” and see what results come up 😉
4. Go to the used book store
Lastly, you may want to go to a used bookstore to grab a book that you want to read for cheap. I don’t usually go this route except for when I want to buy a book.
Do you love reading but want to save yourself the extra few dollars? Go to the library or visit a bookstore instead! Your wallet will thank you and so will the environment 🙂
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