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Holiday Book Bargains

Whether you want to stuff stockings or feed your mind, ’tis the season for great deals on books.

If you preorder online through Wal-Mart, Target or Amazon, any of 10 eagerly awaited new hardcovers can be yours for $9. Wal-Mart offers free shipping and has also discounted, by 50 percent or more, some 200 other titles when ordered online.

Other ways to buy books for less:

  • Show your AARP card and save 35 percent on AARP-produced books and 10 percent on others when shopping at Borders or its subsidiary, Waldenbooks.


  • Check the online links to bargain books at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


  • At online book-swap sites such as PaperBackSwap, BookMooch, TitleTrader or Novel Action, you list books you own that can be swapped for others. Once a book on your list is requested, you get credits for titles you want.



  • Join AARP’s Savings Challenge to share your tips, track your savings and compete for prizes.


Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues.