Reading on A Budget: Build Your Library Without Breaking the Bank

roadtrip I don’t know about you, but I’m a bookworm. Lately, though, that worm has been eating through my pocket book instead of through pages. So I’ve been searching for ways to continue feeding my reading addiction without breaking the bank. Here are a few resources I thought I would share with my fellow book lovers.


Classic Devotionals:

I was thrilled to find my two favorite devotionals online for free. It’s also great for when you go on a trip—instead of juggling a bunch of different books, they’re available to you at the touch of your Smartphone screen.

Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest

Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotional and Faith’s Checkbook


PDF E-books

John Piper offers a large selection of free book PDFs including:

Don’t Waste Your Life (one of my favorite books for graduates)

What Jesus Demands of the World (I went through this last year with my small group—I highly recommend it)

John G. Patton: You Will Be Eaten By Cannibals (I don’t know about you, but I am quite intrigued by the title of this biography!)


I’m a hard-copy book kind of girl. There’s just something special about holding a book in your hand and turning the pages. However, I confess that I’m now a traitor to my beloved hard copies—I’ve been downloading a lot of Kindle E-books lately. The prices are what eventually broke down my resolve. There are some great bargains on Kindle!

Since I don’t actually have a kindle, I downloaded Amazon’s free reading app onto my laptop.

You can browse through Kindle’s free section and find some amazing Christian classics like:

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

Answers to Prayers from George Muller’s Narratives

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

Or for just 99cents you can get:

The Complete Works of Andrew Murray

The Autobiography of Hudson Taylor

…plus works by Tozer, Spurgeon, Amy Carmichael, Richard Wurmbrand, R.C. Sproul, Jonathan Edwards…there are so many spiritual giants whose work we can read for practically no cost! I know I need to take advantage of this opportunity!

Amazon Kindle also has daily deals and monthly deals for newer books. I got a great new release, Real Men Don’t Text by Ruthie & Michael Dean for 99cents. You can’t beat that! If you don’t want to be constantly checking which books are on special, you can even sign up for their alerts.

Noise Trade or Book Blurb

Sign up via email for either of these and they’ll send you a weekly list of free indie books based on your interests.

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A New Kind of Library

Last of all, if your local library doesn’t have anything interesting, see if there are any little free libraries in your area. My friend and I stumbled upon several during a road trip last year and each one had an interesting variety of books.


Enjoy! Happy Reading!

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