Friday, 28 September 2012

Cutting Down on the Costs of Reading

This is a sponsored post.

One of my favourite things to do is read. It’s an easy way to relax and unwind and there is so much out there to learn. Fiction, non-fiction, adventure, romance, crime thrillers — there’s nothing better than finding something that interests you and getting lost in a good book or article on the subject. Recently, though, I’ve realised that I’ve been spending more on reading than I used to thanks to a Kindle I received as a gift. It’s just so easy to tap a few buttons and have a new book in front of me within seconds. Since I noticed the uptick in this expense, I’ve taken a few steps to try to minimise the cost of my favourite hobby:

Trade books. My Kindle and iPad are great for travailing but when I went to the beach this summer, I didn’t want to worry about getting sand or water near my electronics so a good old-fashioned paperback was definitely the way to go. Sites like let you get rid of books that you’ve already read by trading them for ones that you are interested in. This also worked well when I wanted more room in my suitcase on the way back because I was able to leave a paperback in the hotel lobby for someone else to enjoy.

Lend books electronically. My sister also has a Kindle and recently purchased a book that she loved and recommended to me. When she was finished, she was able to lend me the book for two weeks which meant I was able to read it without having to pay!

Explore free digital options. Amazon offers many books for free digitally. This is a great excuse to catch up on the classics!

Don’t forget the library! Libraries do still exist and they are great resources for both free electronic and paper borrowing.
Happy reading!

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  1. Great post, I have a Kindle and love it! I have downloaded quite a few free kindle books from Amazon :) have a happy weekend sweetie

    Bee happy x

  2. I still love real books. And the library. And Charity shops!

  3. I am absolutely crazy about our local library. I just LOVE going there! It feels like such a luxury to be able to have free access to all those books - we're so lucky!


  4. I know exactly what you mean about reading. Its great escapism. A few years ago I was put on some really strong medication and it affected my eyes so badly that it prevented me from reading. I missed it so much and then somebody recommended audiobooks to me. Now I listen to them all the time. Makes doing the housework go so much quicker. Less monotonous and boring!

  5. Gotta love the library! I haven't got a kindle yet, but am beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed by the endless piles and shelves of books in our house, time to give or swap methinks! bx

  6. Hi - thanks for the tip about sharing on the Kindle. I didn't know you could do this. I love reading but have found the books in our local library dirty and smelly so don't use this as an option. I do often buy ones from charity shops etc and then pass them back when I have finished.

  7. Hi, I got my kindle for my birthday this year after resisiting for a couple of years. My main reason for not getting one was that I love books, the feel, the smell, and secondly I do mosy of my reading in the bath. Having had a look on good old amazon I got a waterproof pouch for my kindle. It is fab and fully water tight. I love it as I can sit in the bath without having to worry about getting it wet.

    I am rather looking forward to taking it on holiday next year and being able to float around the pool on a lilo reading my kindle

  8. I buy books on my Ipad mostly now, mainly because when they are first released they're cheaper than the hardback versions and it's so convient for holidays/travelling to have them all in one place! But nothing can really replace the feel and smell of a real book. I think you should get a free digital copy when you buy a proper book - best of both worlds!


  9. Ooh I didn't know you could lend books either! Great post! Sophie Honeysuckle xx

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