Yakkety Yak Let’s Chat: Book Buying Blues

Posted April 21, 2013 by Shari in Let's Chat / 0 Comments


Yakkety Yak Let's Chat

There have been a lot of posts running around about the price of books. I won’t say that I am informed much on the what is happening to book prices, who sets them or anything really. I mostly go with what I want to buy, freebies and then sometimes I debate the price. Having a few tips under my belt help to keep the checking book blues away from my book buying blues. But really, if a book is overpriced, I won’t buy it for anything.

Since buying a Kindle in 2009, I really haven’t bought many physical books. That doesn’t mean I don’t have tons of books laying around. Collecting books for over 20 years makes for quite the mess when I want to find a particular book. Then at Authors After Dark I came home with a treasure trove…I actually took all my technical manuals off the shelf to make room for them. Besides that, I just don’t spend money on paperbacks.

Now as I first started buying ebooks, I never looked at the size to make sure the price met the size of what I was getting. I got burned so many times. So to make sure I was really looking at the value for my money, I started with a theory of $2 for every 100 pages. This seems to work out until I hit a book that doesn’t have page numbers, but a file size. Whooo there Bessie.

I have tried a few times to come up with a formula for KB to $, but nothing seems to have stuck. So really I have to go on faith, author’s name and just how bad I want to read it to see if it is worth buying.

Before I started blogging in 2011, I bought only books I could read at the time, so I usually wasn’t buying books left and right. I would pre-order from a handful of authors I adored and my life was bliss. Then I started blogging and all of a sudden the doors to new authors opened wide and sneaky little hands started invading my checking account to make be buy their books. Well, not as dramatic as all that, but I lack will power in resisting the need to buy a book I want.

So as the government decided to take more of my husband’s paycheck for their own greedy purposes, I had to put myself on a book buying ban and it became even more important to get more bang for my buck. But what happens when my favorite authors have books coming out? This is where it gets more painful saying no to a book that is priced at $12.99.

So here are some ways I find great bargains and stay on budget. First of all, have you seen all the different email summaries you can get on sale books? Let’s dig in!


BookGorilla.com – BookGorilla is a site you just sign up for through email, select the genres you are interested in and you are done. Within 24 hours you will get an email with deals from Amazon in the categories you selected. it’s one email a day. Easy peasy!

BookBub.com – Similiar to BookGorilla, BookBub sends out one email a day as well, but they show deals for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony, iPad Google, and Android. You tell them the genres you are interested in and the bookstores as well. Then once a day, you get emails of deals they found for you. If a deal expires, the email will display an image letting you know it is no longer available.

Free Par-Tay – Free Par-Tay sends out emails from time to time with two day Par-Tays that list free books in several genres. I don’t know if there is a schedule, I just get emails from time to time from them. There is a sister site called

Free Booksy  – another one to choose your genre, device and how often you want to get an email. I am new to this one so I can’t say much just yet.

BookLending.com – BookLending was the first site I think I ever found to share Kindle books. Unfortunately, with only being able to lend a book once, this never really worked for me. I loved the concept though and kept on the mailing list. From time to time they include free books in their emails.

KindleNationDaily – I don’t subscribe to this one any longer. I found I was getting email I couldn’t understand and didn’t have time to figure out, so I gave up. I am not saying its bad, I just didn’t have time for it.

Other ways I find deals…

Have you tried out Discover a New Love? It’s a book buying service for Sourcebooks that I adore. For $9.99 I get a six-pack of credits to use on six book from their picks of the month (eight each month). These books are recently released ebooks and you can use as many credits at once or spread out as you like. It used to be one a month, but it recently changed. They also offer great deals on new ebooks that beat most online retailer prices with your subscription. I am on my second six-pack! Gotta love six-packs!

You probably have already hit the $3.99 or less books on Amazon. If not, each month Amazon shows you new books on sale.

Then there is just look in a genre and clicking on the top 100. You get to see both the top 100 paid and free books. I can get lost here some nights downloading books.

ARe has a Hot Deals link on their top toolbar. It is hit or miss on good deals, but I check it out each week to see if anything new has been added.

Twitter…it’s amazing sometimes how I have found some awesome ebooks just by being on Twitter. Not every day though and no real pattern.

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So I threw out a lot here…and there are probably a ton more ways to get deals I haven’t even listed. How do you find your ebook deals? Let’s chat and share!


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Tamara Hoffa
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Michelle Kelly @AnotherLookBook

I hear you about a book budget. I rarely purchase paperbacks anymore. If I do, its because I am visiting the local Value Village thrift store where paperbacks are $4 each and it is buy 3 get the forth free. If I have started a series by paperback I will finish it is paperback but those are pretty much the only ways I see paper anymore. For my ebook budget, I buy myself gift cards. This way, I only allow myself to spend up to the monthly gift card allowance I have set. I really really reaaaallllllly grumble when there… Read more »