I’m just going to put this out there: I kind of hate Black Friday. On a personal level, I’m not a fan of crowds and angry people, and getting a discount is just not worth it for me (especially since there’s this thing called online shopping). But I also kind of hate what it’s become: people forgoing spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving to camp out in front of Best Buy or beat the early morning shoppers at the mall. I’m a broke grad student, and even I would rather pay an extra $100 for a flatscreen and spend more time with my family (and not have to wake up at 4 am). I have left the house exactly once on Black Friday, and it was because my sister (who couldn’t drive yet) begged me to drop her off at the mall. On the way home, I got in a car accident with a shopper who was in too much of a hurry to look in their blind spot. Black Friday is hazardous. If you do venture out, be careful.
But, if you’re like me, there are plenty of ways to take advantage of the “holiday” and not compromise your introvert tendencies (or time with family). Enjoy the fact that the rest of the country is out, acting crazy and hoarding electronics, and stay home with a good book. A lot of us have the day off from work or school, and there aren’t any family obligations, so there is no reason you can’t stay in bed all day with a cozy blanket, a cup of tea, and that big book you’ve been meaning to get to.
Don’t worry, you can still do a little damage to your wallet. But you can do it from the comfort (and safety) of your own home. So grab that cup of tea and start shopping!
BookOutlet has an amazing Black Friday sale: 30% off the entire website! On top of the already major discounts. It’s a good deal, even if you do have to pay for shipping. And right now, they have a lot of great books – including some really beautiful classics editions. if you know any readers, this is a great way to stock up on gifts. Or just add to your TBR.
One of my other favorite bookish stores is Out of Print Clothing. I’m not sure if they have any specific deals going on for Black Friday, but they do have free shipping in the US for orders over $40. I have a ton of their t-shirts, and their sweatshirts are some of the softest I own. They’re on regular rotation in my closet. If you’re shopping for holiday gifts, check out their gift guide – it’s a great place to find unique gifts for book lovers.
Book Depository has already begun their Black Friday sale, though most of their books are discounted anyway. They also have free shipping worldwide, and now is a great time to order holiday gifts, because shipping tends to take a little longer if you’re outside the UK.
I’ll admit the one temptation for me to actually go to a store is the fact that Barnes & Noble has some great signed books in all their stores for Black Friday. BUT, many of those books are available online (and the prices are better because they have to compete with Amazon), so you might want to take a look before you go fight over the copies in the store. They have free shipping over $25, and also have lots of great gift options, like movies, journals, and mugs.
Last, but certainly not least: Amazon. You can buy pretty much anything on Amazon, and they have some amazing Black Friday deals, including – and most importantly – books. They already have some on sale, but keep an eye out on Black Friday, because they always have some incredible discounts on books. If you have a Kindle (or the Kindle app) they have already begun their holiday sale – up to 80% off!
If you have an Amazon account, be sure to sign up for Amazon Smile, which donates a small percentage of your purchase to the charity of your choice (at no cost to you). It’s easy and free, and a great way to support some amazing causes with very little effort. You can change your charity at any time, so you don’t have to commit to just one. I chose the Malala Fund this year.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend, and stay safe out there during the holiday rush!
This post is in not sponsored, I just wanted to share a few of the sites I’m looking forward to shopping on this Black Friday (and Cyber Monday).