Buying bans are often established to stop bookworms spending money on books. That’s really the centre of it. Let’s not spend money on these things we own enough of and save them for something else. It can be quite a depressing time in a bookworm’s life. But just because we can’t spend money on books doesn’t mean there aren’t ways for us to get new books.
The March discussion post for the buying ban challenge is all about sharing our resources for free books. If we’re not spending money on books does it really count as breaking a ban? This really depends on the point of your ban (saving money or cutting down the existing TBR) and is not the point of this post so moving on.
Where do you go to look for free books? There is the five finger shopping technique, but that’s very frowned upon in most circles of society and not something I’d recommend. There are many easy, legal ways to get your hands on free and cheap books. Where do I go to find such treasures?
The library is the perfect place. Books you can get your hands on will vary depending on where you live. Different libraries stock different numbers of books and don’t always have new releases. BUT there’s such a wide range of books to try. The only sucky part is sometimes having to wait months because there’s a waiting list for the book you want, and the overdue fees that can build up. One of the reasons I stopped using my library was that I wasn’t getting books read before they were due and I was really collecting the fees (they charge you to book books on hold -__- ) However, not that I have an iPad and have downloaded the appropriate apps I totally plan on utilising the eBook catalogue my library offers.
I’m super lucky in that I have a lot of IRL friends who are as obsessed with books as I am. Well, maybe not lucky. I actively search these people out. They’re the type of people I want to hang with. And you can bet I’m going to make use of their libraries. Sometimes they buy a book I don’t own yet but am desperate to read. For example, the friend I’m living with this year bought THE YOUNG ELITES and SABRIEL and many others I haven’t been able to buy because of the ban.
Free Books & Deals on Amazon/Smashwords/iTunes/etc
Everyone’s heard of the Amazon Daily Deals right? Well, those aren’t the only cheap eBooks to be found online. Sometimes the first book in a big series will be free for a day as part of a promotion. Then there’s all the self published authors out there who have the books listed for free. There’s actually more than you’d think. If you search enough, there’s bound to be some hidden gems in there!
One of the surreal parts of book blogging for me has been getting approved for review books on Netgalley and Edelweiss and, recently, receiving physical review books from publishers (well, one publisher. I’m still to scared to contact others *nervous laughter*). I am so, so grateful for their generosity and letting me read their books. However I don’t know if I’d really classify these as free, because they do come with the expectation that you are going to honestly review them. So while this means I can add to my TBR without hurting my bank account, there is still a price tag of sorts attached.
While not traditional novels, there are podcasts out there that tell entertaining stories and are available for free download. Like the library, there are podcasts on almost any topic you can think of available! Factual history, fiction stories, science, murder stories, comedy, current events, so many others. I’ve barely scratched the surface of this resource. The only podcast I’ve downloaded is WELCOME TO NIGHTVALE, which I am now terribly behind on. If you’re interested in finding some podcasts to try, Asti @ Oh, the Books! made a post about some she’s been listening to (and that I’ve been told by my dad are awesome)