I had a couple of questions yesterday about those that were wanting to read more, but actually found it to be an expensive hobby and I would agree with that, but of course I've found hacks to this so I wanted to share about Overdrive, what it is, how to use it, and where else I get books.
So, first off, I love paperback fresh books from Barnes & Noble or fresh in the mail from Amazon like nobody's business. Like there is just nothing like the joy of that fresh new book feel. But this can add up if you are reading a book every few days.
The first place I look if I'm wanting truly a good paperback is the used bookstore in my town. That's always hit or miss of course, but in a huge used bookstore, you are still bound to find something that is somewhere on your list even if it's not your top choice and they are $5 there. I have realized that popular books come through just like TV shows, so if a book is being hyped up right now then it's going to obviously be harder to find, but I'll just wait on for that (kinda like how I wait for all movies to just come out on Redbox or Netflix before I'll watch them lol).
Another place I go for books and not to search for specific books but just to get deals is goodwill. They always have a pretty good selection and paperbacks are only $0.50.
The place you can truly find what you're looking for is Overdrive. It's a free app that is connected to your library card. Take the time to go to your local library, get a card, and then when you sign up, you enter in your library card information and it pulls your library's books. I do have some friends that live in Charlotte, so I also plan to get the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system using their card info so that I can have a bigger resource to pull from, but even if you don't have a big library, they normally will have a system of libraries that they can pull from to get the book for you if you request it.
So last little bit about this is that if you have a book that you feel you must read this second, then you might not be able to get it on overdrive. I know my best friend Brandy would do horrible with Overdrive because if she wants something, she wants it that second and she would just always end up paying for the book on Amazon haha! I had to wait about 3 weeks to be able to read Small Great Things, and I was in the middle of another book when it arrived but I didn't care because I just stopped that one for a bit to read Small Great Things. If you don't get through the book in the 14 day period then it will put it back on the waiting list (I think you at least get bumped up in the line but typically I just try to finish them if I've been patiently waiting on that one).
The same thing goes for audiobooks. If they are popular, then most likely they are going to have a waiting list, so just know that ahead of time, and that sometimes it might be that you have 4 on a waiting list and they all come available at the same time and it's super annoying and you can either binge read/listen (by the way I hate that term but it gets the point across), or you can just let some of them go back on the waiting list and get them another time. It's worth it for how much books can end up costing if you buy them straight out! :)
I hope this helps save you some pennies!