Just to be clear, when I committed to the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge, I didn’t mean that I wasn’t going to add new books to my collection. I only meant that I wasn’t going to read any new books I acquired and that I wasn’t going to buy them with my own money.
I simply wanted to save money for the month and I have been fairly successful on that front.
But I will admit that more than a few books have entered my collection and my home library keeps growing, which is a wonderful thing. All of them were free (to me) and I haven’t read them so I haven’t failed the challenge yet!
If you find yourself in a book-buying ban for whatever reason, I have compiled 10 ways to get your hands on new books without having to buy any of them. I hope you find this list useful!
10 Loopholes To Exploit When You’re In A Book-Buying Ban
1 – Plan a date with your partner at a bookstore and hint aggressively that he or she should buy that amazing book you’ve heard so much about.
- It can also be family member or anyone whose books you have easy access to. Once your special person is there with you, go immediately toward the book you have your eye on and start gushing about how amazing it is. If you’re effusive and annoying enough, you just gained easy access to a great new book.
2 – Visit your local library!
- If you are addicted to buying books, it makes perfect sense to finally get a library card and borrow all the books you want. Unfortunately, you eventually have to return them but it’ll save you tons of money.
3 – Browse the internet for free eBooks
- If you have a Kindle, it’s easy to find hundreds of books for free! Granted, not all of them will be great, but if you have a craving for Classics, you’re in luck. And if Romance is your thing, there are tons of free books available. There is also Free-eBooks.net and plenty of other websites and phone apps. Free books are literally a Google search away.
4 – Request an eARC from NetGalley
- You will be more likely to receive a book you actually want to read if you maintain feedback ratio of 80%. Don’t go crazy requesting all the eARCS because you probably won’t read all of them, which is going to negatively affect your feedback ratio. But if you’re careful and diligent, it’s one of the easiest ways to get free books.
5 – Visit Blogging For Books and get a physical book you’d like to read straight from the publisher
- It’s a great program that only allows bloggers to request one book at a time, which will benefit people who lack self-control when it comes to requesting free books. You request a book, you review it within 90 days, and then you can request a new book. It’s simple! And very free.
6 – Ask a friend to borrow his or her most recent, favorite book
- For this to work, you will need a friend who trusts you. So if you have a reputation for not returning books or returning books damaged, you’re out of luck. Skip to the next step.
7 – Create a Craigslist ad begging for free books or browse for ads offering books for free
- Only do this if you’re desperate or if you’re bold and adventurous. Craigslist is a strange place filled with stranger people, but there are lots of goodies and treasures to be found there. If your ad is funny and/or desperate enough, you might just get a reply! You can also browse the ads and look out for people trying to get rid of their books. It sounds crazy to me, but it happens a lot.
8 – Participate in a Book Swap!
- Be on the lookout for Book Swap events hosted by bloggers (such as this one, which is unfortunately now over). Or join a website like BookMooch if you have books you no longer need and would like to receive new books in exchange.
9 – Sign up for the 1-month free trial of Kindle Unlimited
- It’s like Spotify for books! If you only committed to the ban for one month, this free trial is perfect. Once you sign up, you will have access to thousand of books for free. Don’t forget to cancel the subscription if you don’t want to pay $9.99 a month after. Or keep it! It’s a pretty sweet deal.
10 – When someone asks: “Hey, can you do me a big favor?” Respond with “I will if you buy me a new book.”
- This will either result in you getting a new book or people never asking you for a big favor ever again. You ether win or you win.
Please let me know of any other loopholes you have discovered and write them in the comments section below.
I have exploited 5 of the ones listed, but I won’t reveal which ones. Can you guess?
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