I love books, I read every chance I get and sometimes when I really shouldn’t. More often than not I listen to audiobooks more than music. Honestly, I have a bit of an addiction – and it gets expensive. So in an effort to not spend my daughter’s college fund on books I have found 5 Websites for Book Lovers.
We all know that books and magazines add up. Last year I read over 200 novels (that doesn’t include the cookbooks, parenting books, kids books, or crafty how to’s). Just for grins lets say each book cost $10 – that is $2000 before tax and shipping! On books! So I started looking for ways to not bankrupt my family but still be able to read a different book every day I have found five websites that every book lover needs in their life. Two of them are monthly subscriptions that you can cancel at any time, but the other 3 are free!
Now moment of truth time – I am NOT an affiliate for any of these sites. I won’t get a penny if you sign up and use them. I just honestly love them and want to share them with you so you can read to your little heart’s content too!
Amazon Kindle Unlimited – $9.99 per month
Kindle Unlimited is a great choice if you read on a Kindle/ Kindle app. You can borrow 10 books at a time and keep them for as long as you want. I have a quilt pattern book that I have kept for almost a year while I make a quilt for my daughter. The only downside is not every book that is available on Kindle is included in the Unlimited program. There are best sellers and brand new novels every day so you won’t get bored or stuck with weird books from the 80’s as your only choices.
GoodReads.com – Free
GoodReads is one of my favorite book resources ever. It is like Facebook for book lovers. I don’t know who created it and made it free for everyone but I would like to bake them a cake. It is free to create a profile and then there is so much to do on the site (or app!). You can create a library of books you have read (mine is at 1161 right now), books you are reading, and ones that you want to read. You can find profiles for people who like the same books as you and become friends. There are author pages so you can keep up with all the new works from your favorite authors, or go through their book list and see what they like to read. One of my favorites is you can join groups – Boom! online book club.
BookBub.com – Free
BookBub is purely recommendations on things to read. You go online and create a profile, tell it how you like to read (Kindle, Nook, etc), and what you like to read. Then everyday you get a curated list of books to try. Bonus the recommended books are either Free or Discounted. I can’t tell you how many books I have read from these emails. I love that it recommends cookbooks that I would have never found on my own.
Playster – $9.95 per month (1-month free trial)
Over the years I have tried several different audiobook programs and I always get frustrated with them. Normally you are limited to one book a month and have to pay for any others you want to listen to. Who listens to just one book a month? that is like eating one cupcake a year. Not so with Playster – you get unlimited audiobooks every month. To make their service unique they have created playlists of books. I love this because I can choose a category and it will give me several books that someone thought was awesome; some of them are beach reads, foreign lands, kid’s classics, and cook yourself thin. Don’t worry if you like to just scroll through the selection lists and find your own books you can do that too. — This site also has subscriptions for music, games, movies and regular books. I haven’t tried them but you can get everything for less than $25 a month if your interested in one app that can rule them all.
NetGalley.com – Free
NetGalley is a little different because it gives you a free book in exchange for a book review online. The books are either pre-release or just released and are in every category you could think of, including cooking, crafts, self help, etc. You just create a profile, and select a book to read. After you read it you post a review on Amazon, Books-a-Million, GoodReads etc and then give NetGalley the links to your reviews. Not every review has to be a 5 star glowing review if you didn’t like a book so don’t feel pressured, just give your honest opinions.
Do you have another site that you like to use to find new books? Let me know – I have an addiction to feed!