Reading on a Budget
Start writing a post
Arts Entertainment

Reading On A Budget

Need to stop binge buying books? Here are a few free or cheap options that might help you stay on your budget.

Reading On A Budget

If you're anything like me, you're constantly on the hunt for the next great read. But that can be difficult when you're a broke college kid. Luckily, with the new age of technology, there are a few free and cheap ways to read all the hottest titles.


Overdrive is an app that connects to your library and allows you to borrow content electronically. Signing up is free with your library card and you're instantly granted access to thousands of e-books and audiobooks. It works entirely like your physical library. The selection of books is limited to your library, and you might have to wait on a waiting list if a book you want is currently checked out. Libby is a sister app to Overdrive, it's essentially the same thing but with an easier interface to navigate (not to mention it's aesthetically pleasing). 5/5 stars from me!


Hoopla is another library-based service that allows you to borrow a certain number of books a month. It's completely free if your library offers it! What I love about Hoopla is that it offers so many e-books and audiobooks, but also tons of comics! They always have new release comics and graphic novels. I personally use Hoopla every month and have a bunch of titles saved! 4/5


Scribd is a monthly subscription service for $8.99 a month. They have a large array of titles, however, if you're an audiobook lover like I am they only let you listen to about 3 audiobooks a month before they restrict "popular" titles for the next month. The e-books are unlimited and offer new release titles. Honestly, it all comes down to the kind of reader you are. Audiobooks are a big way I get most of my reading done, so it's kind of a bummer. 3/5

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited is also a subscription service for $9.99 a month! You can borrow up to 10 titles at a time and they offer new releases and best sellers! You don't need a kindle either, just download the app and you can browse on various different devices. I use Kindle Unlimited to find some really good gems I wouldn't otherwise read. 4/5

I definetly recommend trying these options out but if they don't work out, don't forget to support your local library!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List

December is around the corner, are you ready?

8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List

As they tend to say, its the most wonderful time of the year! People have begun to compile their Christmas to-do lists in anticipation for the season of sugarplums and gingerbread.

The history of the Christmas to-do lists goes back hundreds of years, almost as old as the holiday itself, however, people tend to fall out of this habit as they get older. This is unfortunate, as the theme of Christmas tradition can add bundles of the spirit of joy to your families.

Keep Reading... Show less

Fall Weather Must-Haves

Put away the swim suits and your favorite high-waisted shorts!


The transitional months of fall can cause some fashion headaches as you try to figure out what clothing to keep in your closet. With limited amount of college living space and the ever-unpredictable Nebraska weather, sometimes it’s difficult to know what should be taking up that precious closet space as you transition into winter. As you pack away those tanks and shorts for the chilly months ahead, get your closet ready with a few Fall must-haves. 

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Take a look at the articles driving big conversations on Odyssey.


At Odyssey, we're on a mission to encourage constructive discourse on the Internet. That's why we created the response button you can find at the bottom of every article.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

Holidays With A Small Family

I wouldn't trade what we have for the world.

Matt Johnsn

When I was a kid I always went to my grandparents house whenever we celebrated any sort of holiday. We were a decently sized family and it was always a blessing to be in their house and surrounded by love during the holiday season. However, that all changed when my grandfather passed away and my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The family then began to drift apart and life went on, and we ended up all celebrating our own holidays with other family members.

Keep Reading... Show less

Safe Spaces Or Regressive Spaces?

Turns out shielding yourself from ideas can be detrimental to your ability to learn


College is a place for people who want to learn. That is the primary function of any academic institution. Its purpose is not to coddle us, nor should the community always be in agreement with us. We are supposed to surround ourselves with a variety of viewpoints that challenge us to learn, not the same repetitive points of view that make us happy.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments