Patronize your local library.
Libraries buy books, but they can only do this if they have money. Libraries can make stronger cases for increased funding if they can demonstrate strong use. Many of them collect stats on how many people enter the door, how many people check out items, how many people use the online databases, how many people ask questions at the desk, and so forth. Every time you go to the library, you add to their statistics and thus (hopefully) their purchasing power. (Here are some more ways to support your library.)
Suggest purchases at your library.
Many libraries allow patrons to suggest materials for purchase (though they may have rules that the book can only have been published in the past few years). If you have a favorite author or a favorite book that you think others would love, too, see if your library can get it.
Buy books as gifts.
I don’t have enough money to buy myself books. However, I still buy gifts for friends and family. This is the perfect opportunity to support authors if you have readers on your list. You’re not going over budget if gift giving was already in your budget.
Again, I don’t have room in my budget to buy myself things that are not necessities. However, I always set aside some money to give to others. Some places to donate books could be a local school, a women’s shelter, or a literacy program. I have also donated books as raffle prizes at local charities. (Check out our other suggestions about where to donate gently used books here.)
Tell your friends, family, and teachers about the book.
Even if you don’t have money to buy books as gifts or books to donate, you can still encourage others to read and maybe buy the book. Tell all your friends about your latest reads. Let your aunt know you read something perfect for your cousins. Chat with your teacher after school. You may inspire them to check it out of the library, buy it as a gift for someone else, or get a copy for the classroom. After all, if you’re passionate about a book, others might be, too!