Be it a captivating thriller, a mysterious sci-fi novel, or an enlightening biography, books are an immersive wonderland unparalleled by any other form of media. So, if you’ve been looking to stock up on your favourite titles (but don’t want to end up broke), check out these places for inexpensive reading material.
These 5 Places Sell Secondhand Books At Dirt Cheap Prices
May Day Bookstore
A multi-genre bookstore in the busy lanes of Patel Nagar, May Day has bookshelves stacked with great titles. They curate their selection of secondhand books really well, and that’s what keeps us going back. While the bookstore is situated in a place where profits might be harder to come by, the owner wanted to build a reading community instead of raking in cash (a big salute to them!).
Arora Book Stall
This Hauz Khas bookstore stocks your favourite Sidney Sheldon, Mills & Boons and Harry Potter titles starting at just INR 50. They’ll also return a fraction of your payment if you return the book—it doesn’t get cheaper than that, of course. We’d reinvest that in a second book, and we recommend you stock your bookshelf too.
A virtual store as good as any of its physical counterparts, Bookthela will deliver massively discounted books to your doorstep. Since it’s an e-store, it’s highly segmented into genres, which makes it even easier to get your hands on your next read. Titles here start at as low as INR 90. You can even find stuff like Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson for about INR 260.
Pen And Parchment
Delivering all over the country, Pen And Parchment has got titles starting at INR 49 (although the in-demand ones might cost a little more). They’ve got classics, fiction, adventure, mystery, non-fiction—the works. Make some space in your bookshelf and raid this site, we say. They even do occasional sales on their social media, where they give out a list of books for a flat price like INR 99.
Note: Their website is currently closed. Until it's back up, you can follow them on Facebook.
Buy Secondhand Book
No, don’t get confused by that subhead. This website is literally called Buy Secondhand Book. From joke books to biographies to photography tips, they’ve got it all. While you might not find the latest releases here, you’re bound to stumble upon a gem from your childhood.