When I finally finished college, I vowed to never read another book again. Just like 8 years worth of bologna sandwiches, I just got tired of it. I had read so much (typically 3-4 books per semester) that I didn’t even want to look at another book for as long as I lived.
….And then I started to miss it (not the bologna…the reading).
The Best Way to Save Money and Make Money on Books
Reading is how we learn, it’s how we grow as people, and it’s how we improve our communication skills. Almost every successful person in history attributes a great portion of their success to reading.
According to Huffington Post, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, Mark Zuckerberg, and Oprah Winfrey all etch time out of their day to read. If these people resist bon bons, jet plane rides, and reruns of Rocky I-IV (let’s face it, Rocky V really sucked) to stop and read, then I would think the rest of us should probably start reading as well.
How to Save Money on Books
I find myself reading at least one book a month these days – mostly finance related, but I’ll occasionally pick up a self-help book in an area where I’m struggling (like confidence and selling myself!). So where do I find my books?
1) Head to the Library – The library is F-R-E-E…FREE. If you have a book that you want to read, head to the library and see if they have it. If they don’t, many times they’ll order it in from another library and it’s still FREE!
2) Check YouTube – I’ve found a few complete audio books on YouTube, which were obviously free.
3) Go to ValoreBooks.com – I’ve purchased 10 or more books through Valorebooks.com (most of which were $0.01 and then I paid $3.95 for shipping). I like them so much that I dedicated a page on my site to them. Check out my “Find Cheap Books” page and search for you favorite books. Maybe you’ll find them for $0.01 as well!
How to Make Money on Books
If you’ve got textbooks lying around like I do, you should probably take a look to see if they’re worth anything.
1) eBay – When I want to make money on books, my first stop is usually eBay. I just plunk in the ISBN code and up pops the current sell prices of that book! Either I can post my book along side theirs, or if I don’t want to go through the hassle, at least I now know what they’re worth!
2) Craigslist – This method won’t get quite as many eyeballs on your book, but you might make more money here. Post your books, sit back, relax, and wait for that phone call.
3) Facebook – If you’re fresh out of college and looking to sell your textbooks, Facebook is a great place to sell them. Either put them on the “Online Garage Sales” or just post them via the wall on your profile. Chances are some of your friends (or your friend’s friends) need that exact same book for the upcoming semester.
4) Valorebooks – If you want to go completely hassle-free, Valorebooks.com has a “Sell Stuff” page that makes this extremely easy. Just enter the ISBN number and you can sell your book immediately. You probably won’t get much for it here, but that’s what you pay for the speed and the ease of the transaction.
I’m going to be honest. I basically wrote this post because I’m in love with Valorebooks.com. I mean, seriously, check this out. My favorite books. Books that will change your life! Most cost just a penny, and even the best ones cost less than $6.00!
What are your favorite books? And what do they cost on ValoreBooks.com?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.