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The Best Online Stores for Affordable Books

NCH Student Blog | August 18, 2020

Nowadays, a low budget doesn’t have to be a problem when buying books. Whether you are looking for something to read this summer or you want to get some academic books for next year, we are going to give you some tips on where to find the option that suits you -and your budget- best!


AbeBooks offers a great section of second-hand books from independent sellers. Sometimes, the quality of the books is not great (yellowish pages, highlighted or written), but if you are looking for the cheapest option, AbeBooks is your place. Besides, you can occasionally find new editions at very good prices! Delivery to the UK is included in some of the books.


Amazon is known for selling books at a very cheap price. While some people do not like to purchase literature from this multinational because of its business practices, we have to mention it because it is one of many options. Besides, it can be very appealing if you are a Prime member student for its quick delivery.


Bookswap is a new digital platform that allows you to swap your old books for exciting new reads, making this a green and easy way to enjoy reading. Books are exchanged for points, that can be later exchanged for other books. You will only need to pay for postage and handling (£3,62 per book) when ordering a book.


The online site of the academic book retailer offers good prices for new books. They provide free UK delivery, free reserve and collect, and worldwide delivery.

Book Depository

Book Depository is a book retailer that aims to provide ‘All books Available to All’ by improving selection, access and affordability of books. They offer over 20 million books and shipping to more than 130 countries. They also provide a large range of books in foreign languages, such as Spanish, German, French or Polish, and free worldwide delivery! *10% student discount with Student Beans*


Hive offers new books from independent bookshops while giving them a chance to be seen online. After buying something from them, you choose a bookshop and they give them a percentage of your money. Apart from books, you can also get eBooks, DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs and Vinyls. They provide free UK delivery and free collection from Hive Network Shops. *10% student discount with Student Beans*

World of Books

World of Books is similar to AbeBooks, but the range is a bit more limited, and the prices tend to be slightly higher. You might want to check AbeBooks first, and if the book you are looking for is not available there, then go to World of Books. Shipping is free in the UK.


Wordery is an online bookshop that offers you more than 10 million new books at a very attractive price, with free worldwide delivery.


Extra Tips

  1. Waterstones: If you like to buy books, you should get the ‘Plus Student Card’ by Waterstones. You will get a Plus Stamp for every £10 you spend, and when you earn 10 Plus Stamps, you will be given £10 to spend on Waterstones. Besides, you will get a 5% student discount on every purchase.
  2. If you don’t want to get this membership, UniDays gives you a 10% student discount on Waterstones.
  3. Penguin English Library: The publisher Penguin is currently holding an offer on its collection ‘Penguin English Library’, where you can pick any 5 books from the collection and get them for only £25!