With peoples wallets stretched thin in this economy many unnecessary goods are not being bought. One product that is good for people to get because it helps expand their knowledge and can also be entertaining. However you do not need books to survive in real life. If you are a big bibliophile but cant afford books then you will want to keep reading to find how you can get books cheap or even free.
Buying used is a good way to get cheap books. Many places have used book stores. Besides used book stores you can often get books at thrift stores for very little money. Garage sales are another source of good cheap books. You can also find books online. Often the shipping fees for online books are more then the cost of these other methods to get books but if you can get expensive or hard to find books online then you can probably save much more money then buying the books new.
A great online option that many people do not know about is wholesalers. You do not need to buy hundreds of books to buy at wholesale prices. You can get books at under a dollar and only buy one book at a time. The shipping is often fairly low compared to sites like half.com or Amazon. You may not find a particular book you want but there are many popular titles and at much lower prices. Titles like Star Wars can be bought for as little as .25! Sometimes these sites also sale movies or even music. All you need to do to find these sites is search book wholesalers.
The cheapest option is to find books for free. The best way to do that is to dumpster dive for books. If you dumpster dive for books yo have a few options. Most places that have books also throw books out. You can even find books in dumpsters in places like libraries. I have even found rare first editions of valuable books and antique books in local library dumpsters. Anywhere you buy books will have books in the dumpster. Bookstores throw out books and remove the covers to get money back from the publishers for unsold books, if you do not mind not having a cover these are great places to look. Used book stores are even better because they do not tear the covers off of their books because they have no reason to. Colleges are good places to look as well.
As you can see even with very little money you can find books. With no money at all you can still find plenty of books to keep you reading.