There’s nothing worse than arriving at the airport only to realize that you’ve left your book at home. It’s going to be a long flight with no reading material. Of course you could always buy a book at the airport. But they’re so expensive, with hardback books often reaching $25.

If this sounds familiar, there’s a cost-effective way to make your journey a little more pleasant. 

Many airport shops that sell books and magazines are owned by the company Paradies Lagardère. And according to Reader’s Digest, the company offers a ‘read and return’ policy. (Here’s a store locator.)

Under this policy, you have six months to finish reading your book. Then bring it back to any Paradies Lagardère-owned location. Upon returning the book, you get half your money back. Just make sure you have your receipt, of course. Slip it into the dust jacket upon purchase, or use the receipt as a bookmark.

As long as the book is still in decent condition, they will accept it. It’s almost like a buy-one-get-one-half-price offer! Flight boredom is cured. 

Reading room

Need somewhere to read that new bestseller, but you’re on an economy ticket? Try downloading LoungeBuddy, a smartphone app that shows you all the airport lounges located along your route.

With info on amenities, reviews and even photos from other travelers, you can find the perfect lounge for you. Through the app you can purchase a day pass and enjoy that book in style.