Great, you’re all set-up! Now what? Well here comes the fun part! You start finding books to read! I’m sure you have some books to read, but if you don’t you can always get some. Here’s how.
Head to your local library and borrow some books
If you don’t have a library card, go get one. Libraries are constantly updated with new books so finding the latest best-seller won’t be a problem. You might have to wait a while to read it though. They even have eBooks, and audio books available to read.
Borrow from someone
Bookworms tend to hang out with fellow bookworms, so head on over to your friend’s house and peruse their book collection. You might be surprised they have a title or two you’ve been dying to read. Just make sure to keep it in great condition. Handle them with care!
Buy books from the store
Chapters/Indigo is Canada’s largest book store, and they’re located everywhere in Canada. You won’t have a problem finding a Coles, or an Indigo Spirit that’s for sure. They also have the iRewards program where you can get 40% off bestsellers in-store, 10% off of purchases in-store, and up to 5% off books online. There is an annual fee of $35, but I believe it’s worth it. Another program they have is called the plum™ rewards program where you collect points and are eligible for discounts and rewards. You can earn 10 plum points for every $1 you spend in-store, and you get up to 5% off if you buy through their web site. I currently have both and I use it to my advantage whenever I can.
Wal-Mart has a great selection of books with a 30% discount off. Some locations have better selections than others so make sure to check them out.
Costco has a great book section. They’re mostly the latest books, and a very limited selection, but it’s worth the discount if you do find a great read there. The only downside is that you must be a member of Costco and they’re not free.
Goodwill and Value Village stores also have some great prices and if you don’t mind having a used book, and then go for it. Look for the ones in great condition and you’ll definitely be pleased you took the time to browse.
Buy books online
The easiest way to get books is to shop online. You choose, pay and wait until the lovely package is shipped straight to your home. The only problem is that it might take longer to receive your package, but you can afford to be a little more patient if you’re buying them at these prices.
I’ve been using Amazon ever since I owned a credit card. They have great prices, usually 5% less than in-store purchases, and they package the books so well they never arrive damaged. My purchases usually come in within two-three days from when I ordered it, unless the book I’m buying isn’t in stock, and then I have to wait longer. Shipping is free for orders over $25.
I heard about this site from the book blogging community, and I quite like it. The site has a wide selection of books, particularly from the UK. If you’re looking for that UK cover, you can find it here. Their shipping is free internationally which is wonderful if you’re hosting a giveaway. My only inkling with them is their packaging could be upgraded to higher quality because I received some books that were bent, and thankfully NOT damaged. I also wait about three weeks for my package which was really long.
This site is a bargain hunter’s dream for books.. Books are always cheap, and their shipping isn’t priced too high. They may have old titles, but they do have a great selection. My books came in great condition. I did wait longer than my Amazon purchases, but it was worth it. A big plus is that they also sell autographed copies.
Great for finding those rare books that aren’t sold anywhere else. You need to be careful when buying from sellers in Ebay. Check their rating, because sometimes they rip you off. I usually don’t have the patience to bid for a book and wait until the auction ends, so if the price is right I end up buying the book as is. I was fortunate enough to pick a great seller which sold me the book I was looking for.
Grow your library
You have some great places to check out books and more importantly, grow your own library. Now what do you do? Well, it’s obvious isn’t it?
Start reading!! Just remember that you’re a book blogger now, so you can’t just forget about the book and move on to the next title. You will have to start writing those reviews sooner or later.
Check out the rest of the series:
- Part 1 – Introduction
- Part 2 – The Basics
- Part 2 – The HTML
- Part 2 – The CSS
- Part 2 – The Tutorials
- Part 2 – The Resources
- Part 3 – Books, Libraries, and Stores..oh my!
- Part 4 – Writing Your Reviews
- Part 5 – All You Need to Know About Publishers, ARCs, and Etiquette
- Part 6 – Get Visitors to Your Blog
- Part 7 – Get Organized
- Part 8 – Credibility
- Part 9 – Book Events