Saturday, November 15, 2008

Build your library for less with Homeschool Library Builder

I am constantly adding new books to my bookshelf. Sometimes they are for myself but most times they are for something we are going to be studying in school. The cost of books has gotten quite high and I find myself searching for used or new books sold on the internet at a cheaper rate. It's just not economical to go to the bookstore any more and pay full price. The Homeschool Library Builder is the perfect site to find the books you are looking for at a much better price. They sell used and new living books. The new books have remainder marks on them which usually consist of a mark on the outer edge of the book. Nothing that affects the book in any way.

I found this site easy to search with a great variety of categories to help you find what you are looking for. What's great about this site is it caters to the homeschooler. By that, I mean that they have books that go along with specific curriculum such as Ambleside, Beautiful Feet, Five in a Row, Sonlight, Tapestry of Grace, and Veritas Press. If you need several books for a particular curriculum, you can just do your search that way and everything they have available for it at that time will come up.

They also have a Clearance section (my favorite!) and these woman are known to have $1, $2, $3, and $5 bin sales at any given time! In fact, there is one going on right now and it is the last one of the year! Don't miss out on it!

When you make your first purchase be sure to sign up for their Membership Program. It's free and you will earn book points every time you buy something. When you get 15 points, it's equivalent to $1 towards a future purchase. You can also earn book points by referring others to their site. Every time a first time purchaser becomes a member and uses your name as a referral, you will receive another 45 points. Also, if you have a website or blog and add a link to their site, you will receive 75 book points in your account. That's $5! If you have friends who buys lots of books, be sure to tell them about this site. And if you buy books like I do, you will certainly be adding up some book points quickly. What a nice treat when you can go and order a book for free once in a while!

There are two shipping options for customers: media mail and priority. They are both based on the total of your order, with the first level up to $25. You should be able to get a decent amount of books and not have to pay a lot for shipping. This is unlike other marketplaces on the internet where every book is usually from a different person and you have to pay shipping on each individual one. That can add up quick!

Another great feature about this site that I noticed was their fundraising opportunity. You can have friends and family come purchase books from this site and your organization will earn a percentage of those sales. The amount you earn is based on the amount that is purchased.

Something extra for homeschoolers is a page with links to seasonal and holiday sites that might be useful to you. They have ideas for projects, crafts, puzzles, history, science, reading and many other topics! You can kill two birds with one stone on this site.

They have even created a marketplace where you can sell any product you've created or online service you offer for free! Yep, that's right! They will do the advertising for you and in return, they only receive 10% of the purchase price and ask that you put a link for their site on yours. That's a pretty good deal if you have priced advertising in magazines and search engines.

Specials are constantly changing on this site so be sure to check back often! Give it a try! You might just find some great books and save yourself some money in the process.

Heidi Miller-Ford

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