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How to Keep Up Your Love of Books During Quarantine


By LoveReading on 21st April 2020

It’s safe to say the world is going through a chaotic, stressful period – one for the history books, certainly. In these uncertain times, it’s important to keep up a routine that promotes relaxation, happiness, and normalcy. To help book lovers do just that, Coupon Chief created an infographic that outlines different ways readers can continue to access their favourite books, even if local libraries and bookstores are closed.  

It's also a great idea to support your local bookshops wherever you feel able. LoveReading has been sharing the details of independent bookshops across the UK that are working hard to come up with inventive ways to keep spreading the book love while also fulfilling online orders. You can check the Booksellers Association website to find your nearest independent.

For the biggest book lovers, maintaining a supply of new reads can get pricey. That’s why it’s important to know the best ways to save money on books of all kinds, from hardcover novels to audiobooks and ebooks. 

Here are a few ways to get new books on a budget without breaking social distancing requirements: 

  • Host a mail-only book swap with friends and family or other local book lovers. Be sure to wipe down new books with a sanitizing wipe and avoid trading with readers who may be feeling unwell. 
  • Find or set up your own Little Free Library like this to trade books with your neighbours! Be sure to sanitize and avoid visiting if you feel unwell.
  • Check out websites like Thriftbooks to shop from millions of titles.
  • allows you to order books, Ebooks CDs and more at competitive prices. Purchases through this site also help to support independent stores (you can pick your local) that may not have the systems in place to fulfil online orders. 
  • Project Gutenberg has a collection of over 60,000 free eBooks. A library of the classics, with a focus on older works for which copyright has expired for your enjoyment.
  • Use the Libby app to borrow and download free ebooks and audiobooks from local libraries around the country using your library card. 
  • Join a subscription program to get new reads delivered right to your door. 

If you find yourself with too much time on your hands right now, reading is a great way to pass the time, keep your mind engaged, and keep stress levels low. Whether you prefer science fiction or autobiographies, a good book is the best way to soothe the soul. 

Keep reading, keep calm, and above all, stay healthy.

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