Last month I stumbled upon bookoutlet.com. It’s an online retail site that offers new hardcover and paperback books at fifty to ninety percent off the original list price. The books are marked with a small dot or line on the edge of the book to mark that it’s return or excess inventory from a publisher.
For an even bigger discount you can browse the scratch and dent section—new books that may have dents, scratches, tears, or missing dust jackets.
I was so overwhelmed by how cheap all the books were that I went a little crazy on my first order—or well crazy for me because I usually try to control my book buying urges—and bought nine books for $35.41. And four of them were hardcover. I just made my second order yesterday, which averaged less than $3 a book.
The only downside is you have to pay for shipping, no matter the monetary amount of your order. For U.S. shipping it costs $3.99 for the first two books, then 50¢ for every book after that. For example, $3.99 for a one or two item order and $4.49 for a three item order.
You can check out my first Book Outlet haul below (which was most of my February haul).
From top to bottom:
- Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (check out my review here)
- The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder (check out my review here)
- What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
- I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fiztpatrick (check out my review here)
- All the Bright Places by Jessica Niven (check out my review here)
- Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock
- Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Let me know what you think of the site in the comments along with the books you plan on buying.