8 ways to save on digital and print books

PHOENIX - There are several ways you can save money thanks to the war between digital and print literature, which is helping to keep prices low.

Talk of Amazon.com's Netflix-like e-book library adds fuel to the fire of the ongoing print vs. digital book war.

In response to the great migration toward digital literature, print booksellers are simply trying to maintain their toehold in the market.

As a result, the two formats are waging a fierce price battle -- a battle that bodes well for reading fans.

Regardless of which side you're on, there are several ways to save on both print and electronic books.

Consider these seven resources before adding to your bookshelf or e-reader homepage offered by money-saving expert Andrea Woroch of KinoliInc.com.

1. Amazon.com , of course
The retail giant's prices are often outstanding. For example, a paperback copy of "The Help," by Kathryn Stockett, is presently priced at just $8.80 and the Kindle edition is available at 60-percent off the list price, at $9.99.

2. Barnes & Noble Marketplace
It's sometimes a gamble buying from a Barnes & Noble reseller as you can't always be sure what you'll get, but the prices are stellar. New and used versions of "The Help" are presently available starting at $6.75, or 57-percent off the face value. Register for a Barnes & Noble free express shipping membership and buy a minimum $25 worth of books to save even more.

3. FetchBook.info
This free website allows you to search by title, author or ISBN for the cheapest price on any book. In just six seconds, FetchBook.info found a copy of "The Help" priced at just $4 via eBay, a savings of 75 percent. If you're looking for a rare, out-of-print or international book, check out BookFinder.com .

4. Go Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg was launched in 1971 by e-books inventor Michael Hart as a way of providing free digital access to the classics. Today, readers can download over 36,000 free e-books to PCs, Kindles, Androids, iOS or other portable devices.

5. Knowledge for Rent
If you're a compulsive reader but not much of a collector, renting via BooksFree.com is a good option. Pay $9.99 per month and receive two books at a time with free shipping both ways.

6. Swap or Trade
If your one of those people with a stack of books in every room, consider swapping or trading for unread books on websites like BooksfreeSwap or Chango Books . Each site offers free membership and the cost of doing business is limited to postage, paid for by the book recipient.

7. Read and Return a la Paradies
The Paradies Shops offers a unique program to book buyers on the go, allowing readers to return books at any shop location and receive 50 percent of the purchase price back. With over 500 shops in more than 70 airports and hotels across the U.S., this program is tailored to travelers who need to feed their reading addiction without taking up valuable luggage space.

8. This Place Called the Library
This may come as a shock to some readers, but there are these places called libraries that allow you to borrow books and return them after reading. The selection and value of most libraries is tough to beat, plus the facility itself provides an excellent getaway when you're in need of some "me" time.

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