World Book Day: 5 ways to read when you are on a budget

World Book Day: 5 ways to read when you are on a budget
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organizes World Book Day, every year to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. World Book Day was first observed on April 23rd, 1995, and it continues to be observed on this day since. This date is chosen because it marks the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and prominent Spanish chronicler Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.


It's a day to appreciate the gift of reading, so go to the library or curl up on the couch and just be a reader, you don’t need to spend a fortune to join in or encourage your little one to read more. Let’s take a look at how we can enjoy world book day on a budget.


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Revisit the classics

Generally, when a book is in the public domain, it has lost its copyright. A book published in the United States before 1926 is in the public domain because copyrights expire 70 years after publication. So, if you're looking to brush up on the books you might've missed in high school, you can do so at a low price. 


Established in 1971, Project Gutenberg has in excess of 60,000 free digital book contributions. The Internet Archive and Planet eBook, which elegantly organizes downloadable classics, are two additional free book sites.

Pass by your local Little Free Library

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that encourages people to set up book-sharing boxes, with the idea that people will drop off and pick up books. There’s no need to worry about the price since they’re all free.


Download Free Resources

There are numerous excellent free resources available online that you may use to supplement your child's reading without spending any money. Pinterest is ideal for this. The internet is filled with free e-book resources so you can download new reads and old classics from the comfort of your smartphone like Google eBookstore, Internet Archive, BookBoon, and many more.

Get to know your library's resources

Libraries, of course, provide actual copies of books. However, you can now carry the library with you on your phone, computer, or e-reader. Use tools such as the Libby app, which is a digital e-book catalog linked to your library card. Hoopla broadens the selection to include music, films, and TV series acquired from your library. Furthermore, your library system may have its own manner of distributing electronic resources.


Organize a book swap

A book swap is exactly what it sounds like inviting people to bring books they've finished so they can swap them out for new ones. "People who enjoy reading as a hobby also enjoy interacting with other people who love reading as a hobby," The concept also applies to internet opportunities. Book Mooch is a website that encourages individuals to keep their libraries moving. Enter the titles of books from your collection that you want to give away. 

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