Americans have a 'can-do' spirit that is world famous. Self-reliance and the desire to live within oneself have long defined the American character. In recent years, self-help books have flourished, and readers have snapped them up. Working to improve self-esteem and your finances or learning how to fix your own plumbing or electrical works are typical areas covered by self-help books.Bargain self-help books are almost a misnomer. Yes, the publishing industry does regularly offer lower cost books, but the savings from self-books are inherent. They are all bargain books because they will help reduce expenses, increase earnings, and improve the quality of life. There is no price tag for these changes. If a buyer can save money on the book as well, all the better.Bargain self-help books are found in all subsections of the genre, but particularly in areas of technical matters. Since these subjects are widely understood, many publishers can issue their own volume on the subject matter. Other subjects like self-image and weight loss will change from year to year, and new theories will be offered. Many of these books will make the best seller list and can initially be expensive. Bargain versions of these books will be available later as new books take their place, or when they are issued as paperbacks.Bargain self-help books have grown immensely in popularity in recent times. Economics certainly play a part. As readers get squeezed on the cost of living, they look for ways to save money by doing things themselves or re-evaluating their lives. Starting with Henry David Thoreau's 'Walden,' it has been a long tradition of American life.