I love to read, but I DON'T like having to pay a small fortune to do so. While I might not like shopping in a physical store or mall (think crowds, noise, parking, carting packages, BLAH!), I am a big fan, no, make that a HUGE fan of online shopping.
No parking, no crowds, I can shop worldwide and get deliveries to the door. What is NOT to like?
Give me a computer with a network connection and I go into complete bargain-tracking mode. Some people might get a buzz out of asking shop assistants for a 'better price', but that's a little too assertive and overt for me. Give me shop bots for price comparisons, an Internet browser and open tabs, and, okay, let's face it, a willingness to leave dishes in the sink (or whatever other responsibilities await), and I become a mini-expert on whatever item I happen to be tracking down.
Hmmm....Some might say I need to get out more, she says, looking directly at her husband. ;->
I've always been a big fan of libraries, but there is something pretty nice about the feel of a new book, with the pages freshly unturned. And, as much as I love browsing in bookstores, I don't love having to pay $20, $30 or more for a new book. Absolutely! Authors SHOULD be appropriately compensated for their work. But, I'm not in a position to compensate them as much as I'd like to at those prices!
So, here's the thing. Now I'm applying my bargain-shopping prowess to book-buying, I am reading an awful lot more than I used to. I am buying more books, supporting more authors and can now justify enjoying the experience of new reads regularly - not just at Christmas time when I get to stretch a gift certificate!
And, because part of the purpose of starting ReadWrite LearnWell was to encourage young adults to read more, I figured I should share my finds.
Upfront, I have affiliate arrangements with three of the book retailers I will feature; if you choose to purchase through any of these you don't pay extra, but I receive a small commission which helps me keep this website going. No obligations, though. Google them if you prefer; I just think reading is a pleasure that should be passed on and enjoyed!
If you go to the pages listing at the top of this site you'll see I've added a new link: ReadMore4Less. Here you will find:
- Free books - one of the advantages of e-readers is that many publishers offer their titles for free, often to promote new authors and series.
- Books for a coffee or less (that is, $5 and under)
- Less than $10