It’s no secret that I LOVE to read. In the fall I gave you my formula for how to create a year-long reading plan.
My 2014 reading list is lofty, and I imagine I won’t get through every single book within a 12-month period, but I like to record the books I want to read, so I don’t forget about them.
I also add to this list throughout the year.
During the month of April we will be talking a lot about self-care, and, to me, reading is a vital part of this! Reading educates me, inspires me, motivates me–and even helps me to relax!
I like to always have one book I am reading (and more often than not I have two to three going at a time!).
You might ask: How in the world does she afford so many books?!
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Check out these 4 places to find free or cheap books!
1. The Library
This used to be my go-to source, and it still is where I look for books that I either cannot afford or simply do not care to own. However, I’ll be honest: Since becoming a mom, I’ve developed a vice called “I forget to turn in library books.”
Seriously, y’all–last week I had to pay a $23 fee!
Clearly, the library isn’t working out for me as well as it used to. Free? (Not so much anymore!)
To my defense, $10 of that $23 was for a book which my 5-year-old hid from me in December. (And she just confessed her deception on that one a week ago: “But Mommy! I didn’t want you to take this book back to the library! It’s my favorite!” Yeah–we had quite the chat after that one!)
Still…if you can commit to turning the books in on time, the library is an amazing resource for reading material.
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I get free or cheap eBooks for my Kindle from Amazon.com all.the.time! I will search for free books from the bestsellers list.
If I think the free or cheap books I stumble across may also interest my readers, I usually link to them on my Facebook page.
3. Bundle Sales
If you are new to this site, you may not realize that I also co-own an eBook bundle business–Ultimate-Bundles.com!
We launched in spring 2013 with The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle. We held a healthy living bundle in the fall, and be on the lookout for the 2nd annual Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle coming soon!
These are bundles of self-published books sold together for one low price. It’s a phenomenal deal–and it gives you reading material for a year at a time! (Or you can gift some of the books.)
I also enjoy purchasing mini eBook bundles from Bundle of the Week. These are bundles of 5 self-published eBooks, and they are sold exclusively through the Life Your Way newsletter list.
I recently discovered the Tyndale Rewards program, and I’m super excited about it!
Tyndale House is a major Christian publisher, and I know I am getting top-quality books from them. Although I would never knock self-published authors–I am one myself!–I believe it is still less risky to purchase a book put out by a reputable publisher, who you know has teams going over it with fine-tooth combs before publication!
I have never seen a rewards program quite like Tyndale Rewards. You can earn FREE books for the entire family–novels, devotionals, bedtime stories–without having to make one single purchase!
This is the perfect rewards program for the family on a super tight budget.
How does Tyndale Rewards work?
When you sign up for an account, you will periodically receive e-mails that will make you aware of opportunities to earn points. However, you do not need to wait for the e-mails in order to start earning your points. Visit the “Earn Points” section for a complete list of ways to get more points.
Earning is so incredibly easy. For example, you can earn 10 points by referring a friend, 5 points by e-mailing in a question to a Tyndale author, 15 points by taking a Bible survey and 25 points by joining a focus group.
None of these involve buying, yet the points will accumulate and earn you FREE books!
The Tyndale Rewards program also offers FREE downloads on their site. These are beautiful printables and also sample chapters from some of their books. I will be sharing some of these freebies on Facebook over the coming weeks.
You can sign up for the Tyndale Rewards program here.