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15 Best Places to Find Used Books Online

Books for under a buck? Yes, please!

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Websites with read-iculously affordable books

There’s nothing like opening a brand new book and getting lost in another world for a little bit. Reading is a great habit to have, but it can get expensive for book lovers. There is a way to expand your library without going broke, though—you can shop for used books online. You can get some of the best fiction books, nonfiction books, and helpful books for a fraction of the price this way. Here are some of the best places to find used books online—they’ll help fill your bookshelves without emptying your wallet.

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One of the best places to find used books online is ThriftBooks. ThriftBooks has more than 13 million titles to browse. Genres include biographies and memoirs, children’s books, history, young adult, and others. You can find the classics on this website, along with newer titles. And did we mention the books are very affordable? We found a copy of the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon in “very good” condition for only $4.69. We also found a new copy of The Hill We Climb, the inaugural poem by Amanda Gorman, for $14.59. Get ready to stock your library—and save a couple of bucks in the process.

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AbeBooks has a large variety of used books to choose from. You can search the website for used books based on the author, title, or a keyword associated with the story. They even have categories on popular authors, such as Stephen King and Toni Morrison, ready to browse. As of this writing, you can get a copy of Morrison’s powerful debut novel, The Bluest Eye, for $5.99. AbeBooks has more than just books—you can also find art, comics, vintage photographs, sheet music, and maps for sale.

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Goodwill Books

You’ve likely seen used books at Goodwill stores, but you may not know that Goodwill has an entire website dedicated to selling used books. There’s a large selection of books in different categories, ranging from fiction books to books about computers and technology. For instance, you could get a book on microprocessors and microcomputers for $18.75, and then add a used copy of Pride and Prejudice to your cart for just $7.00. Talk about a variety of topics, right?

Goodwill books has more than just books, too—you can also get movies, games, music, and cookbooks. Browse for yourself and see what you find!

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Powell’s Books

Another great place to get used books online is Powell’s Books. They offer a great selection of books and have genres like fiction and poetry, young adult books, and non-English language books. You can get a copy of the Pulitzer-Prize winning All the Light We Cannot See for just $13.50, or if you’re in need of a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, you can get a copy for $7.50. Given its variety of books, you’re bound to find something on this site you’ll love.

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Make sure you bookmark this website for future book browsing. Alibris is a website where you can find books on just about anything. They have categories dedicated to textbooks, fiction books, children’s books, craft and hobby books, and even eBooks.  They even have a section dedicated to 99 cent books. Yep, you read that right—you can get a book on this site for less than a buck. Take a look for yourself!

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Book Finder

Book Finder is a website that has a plethora of books to browse. There’s more than just used books available, too—you can look for rare books, textbooks, and even out-of-print books. The best part? It lists out where you can find the book you’re looking for online and compares prices from different websites. You can also choose if you want to shop for new books, or used copies. It takes the hassle of having to click back and forth between tabs to compare prices, which can save you time (and money).

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Half Price Books

Half Price Books is another great website to check out if you want to get books for a bargain. There are plenty of titles and genres to choose from, including history, self-help, and children’s fiction. You can also browse music, movies, television series, and textbooks. They’ve got puzzles, too! Another cool thing about Half Price Books is that they have “Super Buy” categories, where you can choose to look at books under $10, under $5, and even under $2. Your library (and wallet) will thank you later.

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Better World Books

This is a website you’ll want to share with the book lovers in your life. Better World Books has a ton of books in many categories, including funny books, science books, romance books, and mystery books. They also have audiobooks and DVDs you can browse. One section to check out is the bargain bin—it lists a ton of great books at even better prices (and some of the books even ship for free!).

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Book Outlet

Book lovers, fair warning: you could spend hours browsing this website. Book Outlet has so many great books that are affordable. If you want to stick to a certain budget, you can choose to shop for books under $20, under $15, under $10, and even under $5. Book Outlet doesn’t just have books, either—you can browse puzzles, toys, and other fun gifts.

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Second Sale

Second Sale is another great website for buying books on a budget. It has plenty of fiction and non-fiction books for you to take a look at, and it has an impressive collection of books on certain topics. For instance, they informational books on architecture, computers, law, and gardening, among other topics. If you want to learn something new, snag a book from this website and get to reading. And if you’re looking for extra cash, you can sell your books to Second Sale.

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BookMooch is great for book lovers who aren’t looking for specific titles. It’s a website where you can trade your books with others around the globe and get your hands on something you’ve never read before (and earn points in the process). BookMooch has around 74,000 in 90 different countries, so you’re bound to find an interesting novel or two on this website.

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If you’re on the hunt for rare books and first editions, Biblio is the website for you. You can search for books by their author, title, or keyword or ISBN. You can even select if you want the books to be a first edition, or even signed by the author. With more than 100 million used, rare and out-of-print books available, you’re bound to find something you love on Biblio. Browse now and see what you can find!

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Barnes and Noble

Calling all college-goers: this website is for you. Barnes and Noble is known for having a great selection of books, but did you know they also sell used textbooks? All you have to do is search by title, author, or ISBN to see if they have a used version of the textbook you want. Instead of spending all that money on brand new textbooks at your college bookstore, you can save money by using this option.

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What doesn’t Amazon sell these days? If you’re looking for used books, Amazon has your back. You can search for your favorite titles and save some money in the process by shopping used instead of new. We won’t judge if you have a used book (or five) in your cart.

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No bidding required here! eBay allows you to buy used books at affordable prices right away. You can even search for books under $5—now that’s a deal we like to see. Who says you need to go broke buying books?

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Kelly Kuehn
Kelly Kuehn is an associate editor for Reader’s Digest covering entertainment, trivia, and history. When she’s not writing you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music, and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout New England.