Five Ways To Support Authors When You Have No Money

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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.

Donate books.

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!

27 thoughts on “Five Ways To Support Authors When You Have No Money

    • Krysta says:

      Exactly! It feels so good knowing that you’ve found the perfect book for a certain person! And if you’ve read it, too, then you have someone who can talk about the book with you!

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  1. ofmariaantonia says:

    A librarian once told me that when you renew a book online, it counts as the book going out one more time! Sometimes, I will renew a bunch of books I really enjoyed a day before I know I’m bringing them back. Just to let the library know that people do indeed use the library and it’s books like these that we want… (I don’t want my library to get cuts in funding!)

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    • Krysta says:

      Good point! Renewing books does help libraries, too! I sometimes renew my books before I return them, as well, but it’s usually because I want to make sure I’ll be safe in case I randomly can’t get to the library when I think I can. Maybe I’m slightly paranoid. 😉

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  2. Adam says:

    As a book lover I often run into the issue of “how many is too many”, but lately I’ve gotten in the habit of buying a book to read and then donating it to the library. Even if they don’t choose to add it to their collection, they can always re-sell it themselves.

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    • Adam says:

      Honestly, I love libraries Just being surrounded by so many books, the smell in the air, the gentle hush, it’s a uniquely calming atmosphere, full of potential.

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        • Adam says:

          Mmm. I also just like going to libraries as a place to meet and discuss with others, or a place to quietly work. Though I will say some libraries seem to have lost their way. The other day I was working on writing and I could clearly hear every word the person at the front desk said to a patron, and I was perhaps 8-10 yards away.
          Still, there is something comforting about the smell and presence of so many books.

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    • Krysta says:

      I have a habit of buying books from the library book sale and then donating them back to the library! I don’t have a lot of shelf space, so it’s a good system for me. I once confessed this to a library worker and she said she does the same. 😀

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      • Adam says:

        That is a good system. You get to borrow the book for as long as you want, and then return it, paying a small fee (in reduced resale) for the convenience.

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  3. Valerie says:

    Yes to all of this! Although to be fair, I forgot there was another definition to “patronize” lol. But yes, I recently just lent all my books to my best friend (pretty much all of them haha). She loved the ones I lent her before so much, that she’s already planning on buying her own copies!

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  4. Ravenclaw Book Club says:

    I think reviewing books and blogging about them in general is already a big way to support authors 😉 But those are really good suggestions, especially the ones about libraries. x

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    • Krysta says:

      That’s true! People apparently need to see a book mentioned quite a few times before they become interested in it, so giving it more exposure can be beneficial.

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      • Ravenclaw Book Club says:

        Getting a book recommended by more than one person definitely makes me look into it! Although tbh the way I find most of my TBR is book rec lists based on certain themes that are quite niche. Like a few days ago I searched for “queer African books”, and while there isn’t a lot out there, I put most of it on my wishlist! x

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  5. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Totally agree with and love this post!! I definitely buy books as gifts, cos that way I can not only support authors but also get the people I love to read the books I love- win-win! 😉 And like you said, it’s already in my budget 😀 And I try to tell people about them too!! And I also think it’s great to request/recommend books at the library and to donate used books 😀

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  6. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    Great post as always! I often suggest purchases to our local library. I am also a firm believer in donating and gifting. Most of the kids books are donated to the local school after they have been read (at the same time we donate coats, this way I remember haha).

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