BookBub and Chirp – Are they worth it?

BookBub sends me a daily email and I actually read it every day. For someone who gets a lot of emails daily, this says something. BookBub is a company that shares lists of free or discounted books. There’s also which is owned by BookBub and that gives you lists of deeply discounted audiobooks.

Even when something is free it isn’t really free. If you don’t have a lot of time to give you may skip participating even in something free. You may pass on a free book because you don’t have time to read it. Or you’re not sure it’s worth your time.

I thought it would be interesting to look at what I got from BookBub and Chirp during one week to see what, when, why, and how much.

Keep in mind that what I paid at the time it was featured may not be what’s listed when you look it up. These are limited-time promotions.

The McGavin Brothers Boxed Set: Books 4-6 by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Why? I recognized the author’s name but haven’t read her. I’ve been on a “cowboy story kick” for a while now and this was several books so I jumped at the chance! I paid 99 cents for 3 books!




The Haunting of Meade Mansion (A Riveting Haunted House Mystery Series Book 9) by Skylar Finn

I thought the book sounded good, but I didn’t know the author. It was free that day so it was worth my time to give it a try.




Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk for $2.99 on 11/17

I recognize the name of the author and it someone I respect and trust. I’m always looking for a way to improve myself and Gary Vaynerchuk hits all the right notes for me.




50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True (50 series) by Guy P. Harrison
I paid 99 cents for it and loved the title.






The Mammoth Book of Nightmare Stories: Twisted Tales Not to Be Read at Night! Multiple authors including names I love!
I can’t believe I got this for $1.99!!! So many stories!

My Favorite Things: A Christmas Collection by Lynsay Sands 
I am so ready for Christmas! The topic was great. The author is well known so I can trust it will be well written. There are three Christmas stories in the book and I only paid $1.99 for it!






Now for Chirp with I L-O-V-E with a passion!

Nora Roberts Dark Witch on audiobook! I’ve always been interested in this book and now I get the audiobook for $2.99! Nora Roberts is a well known and beloved author. I love her writing so this was a no-brainer.




C.S. Lewis The Art of Writing and the Gifts of Writers
Of course I know the name, but I am also very interested in the subject matter. I love learning via audiobooks so this was a great deal for $1.99




The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne for $4.99. I have this book but I’ve been so busy I’ve not had time to read it though I really want to. This is the perfect solution. I can listen on my way to work or while doing a project at home. I love this author and the book has gotten such rave reviews.




Since Chirp began I have purchased 46 audiobooks. This is a very worthwhile site to sign up with.

I recommend both BookBub and Chirp to all of my reader friends!

Sheila English
Sheila English
Award-winning author of short stories and comic books. Telly award-winning producer and director of many book trailers.

Similar Articles




Recent Book Trailers



Don't Miss

Bookstore Spotlight: WESTSIDER RARE & USED BOOKS Inc.

Our indie bookstore spotlight is one that offers rare and first editions among other books. Can you imagine the wonderful scent of books as...

SNEAK PEEK: SECRET SKY! A Supernatural Thriller Author J.P. Mclean

SECRET SKY! A Supernatural Thriller Author J.P. Mclean ...................Everybody wishes they could fly – until it happens. Emelynn Taylor's gift didn't come wrapped in pretty paper...

SNEAK PEEK: Van der Valk-Love in Amsterdam: by Nicolas Freeling

Van der Valk-Love in Amsterdam: by Nicolas Freeling *NOW A LIMITED SERIES ON MASTERPIECE PBS* Meet Van Der Valk, Amsterdam’s best detective, in Nicolas Freeling’s classic...

SPECIAL FEATURE: In 2020 I learned… By Rachael Tamayo

In 2020 I learned…By Rachael Tamayo We started the year with new hope. Hope of fresh starts and new opportunities, as we always do at...

Hourglass Socioeconomics: Principles & Fundamentals by Blaine Stewart

Here's our interview with Blaine Stewart on Hourglass Socioeconomics: Principles & Fundamentals. We can not sustain a system where a river runs into a wasteland...

“Black Like We Never Left”– a Read-a-Thon Celebrating Black Literature

Next Monday, Martin Luther King., Jr. Day, bookstagrammer @creemyles , @penguinrandomhouse, and @belletrist will kick off Black Like We Never Left, a week-long virtual read-a-thon celebrating Black fiction. This...

Weekend Word Search: Horror Classics

Books, movies, themes and characters...find them all online or print! HORROR WORD SEARCH    

Anchor Launches a Line of Hardcover Books

Anchor Books will begin publishing hardcovers, announced Suzanne Herz, Publisher of Vintage Books and Anchor Books and EVP of Doubleday. The new venture will complement the...

SNEAK PEEK: D (A Tale of Two Worlds): by Michel Faber

D (A Tale of Two Worlds): by Michel Faber “Glorious. A story that will be found and enjoyed and dreamed about for years to come.”—Neil...

SNEAK PEEK: Come On In: 15 Stories about Immigration and Finding Home

Come On In: 15 Stories about Immigration and Finding Home (Anthology) A timely and illuminating collection of stories featuring teen immigrants, for readers who loved Black...