Ebooks and audiobooks are great. But there is something decadent about a hardcover book. If you buy a lot of books you have to decide if the hardcover price tag is worth it.
There is a way to get new, hardcover books on the cheap. And it may be right under your nose.
*This is not a sponsored post; not that I’m opposed to that sort of thing.*
How I Discovered Hardcover Books at the Dollar Tree
Up until a few months ago, I’d never visited the book isle at Dollar Tree. I was in search of a dictionary when I discovered a brand new hardcover copy of Bob Burg’s Adversaries into Allies: Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion.
The subject was right up my alley. It was just a buck. And did I mention it was a hardcover book? I later learned that Burg is a bestselling author and his book, Adversaries into Allies, has stellar reviews on Amazon.
On later Dollar Tree visits, I picked up hardcover editions of Gordon Rugg’s Blind Spot: Why We Fail to See the Solutions Right in Front of Us and Peter Richmond’s Phil Jackson: The Lord of the Rings.
Not only do these books interest me personally, but I could totally gift them to a friend. The Phil Jackson biography would make a great gift for the NBA-lovin bookworm in your life.
3 Tips for Finding Discount Hardcover Books
Yes, you can find new, hardcover books for just a dollar. Here are three tips to help you do it. Please add your bargain book hunting tips in the comments section below.
Keep an open mind. When book shopping at Dollar Tree, or any discount shop, aim for a genre, rather than a specific title. You might not find Kerry Lonsdale’s Everything We Keep, but you are sure to find dozens of books to scratch your literary itch.
Keep in mind that you are also looking for books that might interest other people. That “how to keep the weight off” book that costs you a dollar could be priceless to your yo-yo dieting friend.
Visit often and make friends. Don’t grab your books and go. Be extra courteous to the staff. See if you can spot the bookworm amongst the ranks. Ask questions: How often do you get new books? Is there a way to get even deeper discounts? What other books have you seen here?
The gal at the register may not have all the answers, but she just might throw you hot tip on an incoming shipment.
Check different locations. Like snowflakes, no two Dollar Tree locations are the same. If you see something you love, grab it. You might not see it anywhere else.
Don’t limit your hardcover book hunt to the dollar store in your neighborhood. Go to the location close to work, close to the kids’ school, over by that friend’s house that you only get to see once a year.
Do you have a cross-country road trip scheduled? Add a few dollar store breaks to the itinerary. Your bookshelf will thank you.
My Hardcover Books from the Dollar Store
I wanted to learn a little bit more about the hardcover books I found at Dollar Tree. Here’s the scoop:
Book blurb: “In the bestselling book The Go-Giver, Bob Burg and John David Mann revolutionized the way we think about success via one very simple lesson: Shifting one’s focus from getting to giving (constantly and consistently providing value to others) is both very fulfilling and the most profitable way to do business.
“Now Burg is back with a new book, offering deeper insight about what it means to be truly influential and providing powerful strategies for mastering the art of persuasion. ”
You can get a sneak peek at the principles of Adversaries into Allies in Marie Forleo’s awesome interview with Bob Burg.
Book blurb: “When we talk about experts, we typically have bought into the idea that they have all the answers. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Gordon Rugg exposes the surprising ways in which all people tend to make the same sorts of mistakes, regardless of what field they are in, how smart they are, or even their level of expertise.”
Book blurb: “With eleven championship rings to his name, Phil Jackson is internationally recognized as one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA…Peter Richmond has written a personal, definitive, revealing biography of a veritable sports genius, and an American Classic.”
Interestingly all three books were published in the same year.
Keep an eye out for these titles on your next Dollar Tree run. If you can’t find them there, you can find them at other retailers.
Old School Readers: What are your tips for finding low cost books? What are you reading these days?
*This is not a sponsored post. I have no affiliation with Dollar Tree, except for that I spend a few dollars there. This post does contain affiliate links to book products. For the full scoop, read my affiliate policy.