I’m an avid reader and now that the libraries are closed, can anyone recommend an online bookstore that offers free shipping? I don’t have amazon prime. Come this week I’ll be unemployed for a few weeks. Plenty of time to read!
I was also thinking of setting up a swap book drop on my property for us Hackettstown readers!
Goodreads has lots of free downloads available.
I've found the Kindle to be amazing, if you can afford the initial outlay. Books are often cheaper online, especially if you don't go for the latest titles, or go for the deals they offer. Some great deals there. I think that, after about a year, it pays for itself.
I use this sit all the time. Good prices, big selection and free shipping on orders over $10. You get rewards points too.
New York Public Library has a FREE e-reader app ....SimplyE. You can download to your iPhone or Android.
I also heard of these, also free.....
Free Online Novels
audible.com free while schools are closed.
Lots of free reading materials are available at the warren county library website. I assume the hackettstown library also has something similar since they are a member of the morris county system. You can also apply and get a card online.
Thanks for all your ideas but I’m kind of a book snob and love an actual book in my hands.
I’ll have to check out paperbackswap.com
Don't the libraries have online books you can check out?.... I know warren county does
SMH @ calico .... Bug3 knows the library is closed. He spoke about online books, right?
Bug3 -- Yes, You are correct. Both online ebooks and Audiobooks are available.
https://www.bookdepository.com is great. They have free shipping with no minimum.
I sort of get the "book snob" idea because I also enjoy physical books. When I looked at the cost of books over a year (I read at least one book a week) I found digital was incredibly cheaper. BookBub sends me an email every day with free or low cost digital books. Kindle app is free on your computer or phone (yes I read on my phone). With prime I get special pricing, free books, free 2 day shipping, and the other things that Prime has. I can take 10 free books at one time, I can share them with my wife who shares the Prime account. Except for sales at Books-a-Million I have been reading digital free for years. With the Kindle or Barnes&Noble app you can read the same book on all your devices and it keep your place in the book. Yes I love physical books as much as anyone but reading free for years trumps any snob feelings of holding a book in my hand.
Get a tablet. Go on barnes and noble get free books.Also have cheap books. also you can adjust print size for easier reading.
MK - I prefer a physical book as well. It can be expensive, that's why I only buy used books. They read just the same. My MIL and SIL are big readers as well. We all buy used books and then swap them around.
Download the Hoopla app.....plug in your library card....it connects you to the Warren County Library....it's free....and read away!!!
I use my Surface mostly for digital reading. Rotates like a tablet (and functions like one if selected) and so portable. Long battery life and all the reading apps have adjustable print sizes. My beach reads are physical books and usually for an hour or two before bed for physical books because of the wanting to cut down electronic screens before bedtime. My wife thinks I am insane because I can read a physical book and a different digital book at the same time LOL.
Just an FYI Weis has $7 paperbacks ($9 with $2 off with your frequent shopper card). It's a decent selection with popular authors. They're back by the cold cuts and produce. I picked up one this morning. Happy reading:)
I like real books as well. I tried both e-books and audio books but I lose my focus too quick. I'm guessing one could find a used E-reader to cut costs.
I use the library but not an option as of now. Used book stores, Book Barn in Denville again not an option now but very low price. and paperback swap.
The way paperback swap works is , post ten books to start and receive two credits. When you find a book use a credit and the book is free. When somebody picks one of your books you get a credit but pay the shipping usually $2-3 using media mail. You can even pay for the shipping on the website print out a label and mail it out never needing to go to the post office. I enjoy the social portion of PBS as well.
1.25 million books available now. Three levels of membership, free , $12 and $20. I use the $12 membership.
Take a look on Ebay. Lots of books, most really discounted with Free Shipping.
I get my physical books there. They usually ship quickly.
ead - Yes, eBay is another good place. Not an option now, but I find many books at yard sales and at 5 Acres flea market.
Have a look at https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
It is a project that has been going for quite a while. They have 60,000 free eBooks.
Thank you for all your suggestions! I might order a kindle due to being a bit bigger than my phone for now. Once the libraries open I’ll probably find my way back there :)
You can also go to Google books and find all kinds of out of copyright books online. Yes, they're old, but if you like interesting and historical books it's a cool place.
Now THIS place is nothing short of awesome!!!:
There's a plethora of links to all kinds of tremendous information. This is their stated goal:
"The Public Domain Review is dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas – focusing on works now fallen into the public domain, the vast commons of out-of-copyright material that everyone is free to enjoy, share, and build upon without restrictions."
Sure it's not in print, but even a "book snob" such as myself can enjoy this to the max, since there's no way you could otherwise track down and be allowed to read all of the amazing information, diagrams and pictures that can be found here. The site constantly blows my mind!
There are little free libraries in the area that have physical books in them for free. I steward one at the Green Township municipal building. It's full of FREE books. Only a 10 -15 minute drive from Htown.
CloudLibrary! If you have a Hackettstown or even Mount olive library card you can borrow ebooks from the library right now!
another tremendous free site is
It has free language lessons, online courses, movies, ebooks, audio books and textbooks, along with a huge variety of other interesting and educational courses and lectures by talented and honored individuals in their fields of study and/or expertise.
There is a little free library in the parking lot of Trinity church on Main Street.
I also know there is one in front of The Coffee Potter on Schooleys Mountain Rd in Long Valley.
There are some indie stores that are offering free shipping right now.
Interbang Books out of Dallas is one (www.interabangbooks.com).
Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego) is another: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/.
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