Everyone always wants to get free or cheap books!

I’m inundated with requests from people wondering how they can get their hands on free books.

I also get a surprising number of messages containing private home addresses for me to send all of my books to when I’ve finished reading them (?!)

So, in this blog post, I’m going to answer the question that everyone wants to know the answer to; How can you get free or cheap business books?

How much?!

Firstly, I think it’s important to mention that books are one of the most cost-effective ways to learn. Compared to the cost of mentors and courses, books are an absolute steal for the exact same information!

Many of the subscribers to my YouTube channel seem to think that I spend a fortune on books, and I shocked them all when I released the exact total of how much money I spent on books in 2019. (You can watch that video here – “How Much Money Do I Spend on Books?”)

Everyone thought I spent at least twice as much money on books than I actually do!

I am proof that you don’t need to break the bank to get your hands on good quality business books. But if you’re still struggling, here are three ways I would suggest to help get your going.

1 – Library

The first place to look when you want to find cheap or free business books is in your local library.

At the library, you can go and read the books free of charge. You can bring the books home with you, read them, and then return them – again, all free of charge.

This is, undoubtedly, the cheapest method.

However, there are a few things to note about using a library.

Firstly, depending on where you live, your local library may be very small and you may find that there’s not much of a selection of business, personal development, or entrepreneurial books.

That said, some libraries will order a book for you if you ask them to, either from another library or directly from the publisher. So, if you don’t see the book you’re looking for in your local library, do ask them, as they may be able to order it for you.

Secondly, you can’t make notes, or highlight passages of particular interest, in a library book. You’ll need to make your notes in a separate book. Therefore, you need to make sure that your notes are detailed as once you return the book you will be unable to use it as a reference point in the future.

TIP: Some libraries do sell older books. If a book is of particular interest to you and you want to keep it, some libraries will allow you to purchase it. So, it’s always worth asking if that option is available.

2 – Audiobooks and e-books

Audiobooks and e-books are the next best option once you’ve exhausted what’s in stock at your local library.

These books are always cheaper than paperback or hardback books because there is no physical production or shipping cost involved.

If you sign up for Amazon Audible or Amazon Kindle Unlimited, you’ll have access to lots of cheap audio and e-books.

This is a very cost-effective method.

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3 – Used books on Amazon

If audio and e-books don’t suit your way of learning, another way of buying cheap books is by purchasing them secondhand from Amazon.

You’ll see options for paperback, hardback, and Kindle versions of the book, and underneath that is an option to view used books. Click on that option, and you will see a range of used books that are available, often for a few pennies or dollars each.

In the screenshot below, a book that costs £6.68 brand new, costs just £0.01 used!

second hand used books on Amazon

The books are graded by condition. For example, some are noted as being “as new,” whereas others may be slightly worn or have a few notations made on the pages. However, they can still be read and are usable.

I began with used books that I found on Amazon. Even though I had to pay a few pounds for the books, they were still much cheaper than the brand-new ones.

Your tips!

I hope I have helped to give you some alternative cost-effective options to get your hands on good business book content.

If you have any other tips or tricks on how to get hold of free or cheap business books, share them with us in the comments box below.

Roseanna x

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Roseanna
Currently winging my way through life and putting most of it on the internet. This is my personal website where I share my business book reviews, my adventure tips and stories, and my general musings on life as a solo entrepreneur.

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  1. I rarely by books. I always either get them at the library or through my libraries ebook program called Libby. This is where I can read a wider selection of books without leaving my house.

    1. I’ve never heard of Libby! I have just checked it out and it looks awesome!!

      I still prefer my physical books, but this looks like a great tool! Thanks so much for sharing!

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