Reading is a classic hobby that never seems to go out of style. Whether you’re a hard cover lover or a Kindle connoisseur, your favorite books are always there to take you away to the world within its pages. For those of us who like to devour books like dessert, here are 7 amazing websites only real bookworms can appreciate.
One of the best websites to find used quality books, Thriftbooks has a cache of over 7 million books available for sale with almost as many reasons to buy from them. Sign up with an account and create a wish list of books that you want to get your hands on, including rare and out of print items (I got my entire collection of the “Boys Over Flowers” manga series on this website!). When Thriftbooks finds a book you’re looking for, you can opt to be told instantly, or if you’re not in such a hurry, get a weekly notification with other selections they’ve found on your list. A minimum purchase of $10 gets you free shipping and you’ll earn a 15% off coupon for your next purchase if you notify your friends and they sign up with their own account and make a purchase. Love birthday goodies? Thriftbooks offers a 20% off coupon on your birthday! As if you don’t already have enough reasons to be on this site, the Thriftbooks staff cares for the environment and ships all orders in 100% recycled packaging. For books that aren’t in high demand, staff will donate or recycle them and thanks to their new “Reading Rewards” program recently launched, readers earn $5 coupons for every $50 spent. So not only are you saving money off the cover price, but you’re also banking your savings for future purchases!
2. Paperback Swap
Have a bunch of used books that you know you aren’t going to read again? Why not free up space on your shelves by using Paperback Swap? The concept is simple. Create an account and list your unwanted books. When someone finds a book they want of yours, simply pay the postage and send it off. You earn credits for every swap you complete and can use those toward your own book hunt! When you find one you like, request it and you’re done, postage for the book you want comes already paid. Found a book but it’s not in stock? Simply wish list it and get notified by email when it comes in, or skip the confirmation and have it sent directly to you! Any books you get are yours to keep, or swap them for new books! It’s that easy. Sign up is free and the benefits are great for those of us who love to read but lack the shelf space to keep just any book.
3. What Should I Read Next?
Found yourself a little lost on what you should pick up or download next? Well, just like the title suggests, WhatShouldIReadNext takes the guesswork out of finding your next book or series by analyzing their database of real readers' favorites. You don’t even need to sign up! Simply enter the title of the book and WhatShouldIReadNext will provide you with book recommendations and suggestions for what you should read based solely on readers' collective tastes. When books are entered into the same favorites list, they become associated with one another. The more often a book appears on different lists, the stronger that association becomes. For those who want a more long term list of what they should read, register with an account to save your selections and suggestions, and for those who love to vacation read, try their sister site, WhereShouldIReadNext.
Whichbook is another amazing site that helps readers find their next book. The reason it’s on this list? Because of its entirely unique approach in doing so. Whichbook is a unique site for choosing what to read. If you're bad with book titles or are a book browser, Whichbook is the perfect solution to help you find what you are looking for since it matches you to books based on factors like mood, emotion, plot shape, type of main character, country the book is set in, and many more. Literally millions of combinations are possible, meaning your choices for what to read next are endless!
You may have heard of LibraryThing and Amazon’s own Shelfari, but GoodReads is a site that is just plain old fun. An online cataloging community, GoodReads allows users to create virtual libraries of books they own or want, what they have read, what they are currently reading, and what they hope to read in the future. Connect with fellow users and review books, discuss future releases, share recommendations, and more. GoodReads also brings you closer to your favorite authors with the “Ask the Author” feature and Q& A discussions, as well as frequent giveaways! Sign up with your email or Facebook account and join in on the fun!
6. Nothing Binding
Nothing Binding is an online community that allows writers and authors to promote their books to readers and book buyers alike from around the world. Sign up and discover a whole new world of writers and work. It’s free to join and is a great way to find books outside of what’s on the shelves of your average bookstore.
BookBub is a daily email that notifies you about deeply discounted ebooks among your favorite genres. While BookBub doesn't actually sell books, they DO alert you to limited-time offers from popular retailers like Amazon's Kindle store, Barnes & Noble's Nook store, Apple's iBookstore, and more. These discounted and often free books are deals that are worked out by publishers for promotional purposes, and BookBub staff works hard to make sure you, the reader, are snagging great deals on quality books you will love and maybe discover new authors in the process. Sign up is free and the benefits for ebook lovers can’t be beat.
While reading is something that will never go out of style, it never hurts to connect with fellow book lovers, writers, publishers, or authors. Did you see your favorite website on our list? If not, leave a comment about a website you utterly love!