Online Bookstore: Thrift Books

Best for: Popular books, new releases

This online bookseller partners with libraries and other venders to ensure books find their way in to people hands—not the garbage. Based in Washington, they receive and redistribute books on a daily basis; everything they cannot sell is sent directly to a recycling plant. To date, they have sold 80 million used books, resulting in $1.7 billion in customer savings.


Thrift Books currently has more than 7 million used books for sale—from strange treasures and new releases to all-time literary classics, they have everything necessary to satiate a voracious reader. They ship in 100% recycled packaging, and shipping is always free (in the United States). Their prices are some of the lowest around, and they offer curated three-book deals that allow buyers to earn extra savings on sets of books by bestselling authors.


The deals don’t stop with free shipping and bundling options. For every additional book you purchase from the same seller, you can an additional fifty cents off your order. They have a convenient “Under $5.00” section—where else can you buy a 1999 edition of The Hobbit for under $4? They also have hundreds of limited and first edition reads, such as a $1,500 first edition of The Intelligent Investor. From cookbooks to new releases, Thrift Books has it all.