If you time it right, you can read newly issued hardcover fiction for free or nearly free. Here’s how:
When the book has been out a couple weeks, check auction sites like eBay and Amazon. Someone who has read it and wants to pass it on will be selling it for less than the retail price. There will be several listings; keep looking until you find one with a low price.
Buy it, read it, and put it back up for auction again. If you do this before the interest in it wanes, you may get your original cost back. Save the packaging it came in to reuse when you ship it back out again.
I did this with a Janet Evanovich book a few years ago. My net cost for a $28 book was only the shipping to have it delivered to my door. If I had been quicker to relist it, I might even have made a profit.