02-25-2013 10:01 AM
I wonder how many know it's not necessary to pay for ebooks as there's a huge inventory available at your local library.
Certainly, some of the very newest published books might not be immediately available and if you MUST read it now, yes you'll have to pay for it, but with a bit of patience it will show up at the library - ready for your Nook at no charge.
Or, is this bit of information old news to all here?
I mention this is as I've met more than one person who not only wasn't aware of this fact, but didn't know the same holds true for audio books too and until I told them about it, they'd been buying all their audio books - the same audio book available at no cost at their local library...
02-25-2013 02:13 PM
Also, if you library doesn't have a good selection, you can join the Free Library of Pennsylvania (it's free for PAers, a small fee for the rest of us).
02-25-2013 02:22 PM
And, check while you're traveling around.
California has a rule that residents can join any library they walk in to no matter where they actually live. I picked up cards to a couple of different systems while on business.
02-25-2013 03:16 PM
I didn't use the library for e-books when I had the 1st Edition Nook. It just seemed a bit complicated. However, my husband got me a Nook HD for Christmas and the free Overdrive app makes it just as easy to get library e-books as it does to buy them from B&N. Unfortunately, the library doesn't have the greatest selection of books.
02-25-2013 07:52 PM
I love using my NC Digital Library! It's saved me tons of money, and I've read all the latest books. I tell my friends about it and they've never heard of it, or feel it's too complicated to use - it's truly NOT! Great reminder to everyone... I always check before I buy here - why pay if you can rent! Rarely do I read a book more than once!
02-26-2013 10:30 AM
No, for a couple of reasons: 1. Our local library has a pitiful collection. 2. Our bus system is terrible and makes it difficult to get to the library. and 3. I have difficulty reading regular print and the large print section is very small-mostly romance books (yuck). Some people seem to not understand that many people buy ereaders NOT because they're convienent, but because they can enlarge the print of any book to make it easier to read. Large print books are even more expensive than ebooks (and the selection is limited) and magnifiers are not covered by insurance and are also expensive (decent ones start at $40). While we can get ebooks from the library, but again the local library's selection is pitiful and because of limited sight, I often cannot finish a book before the lending period ends.
02-26-2013 12:03 PM
Funny you should ask this question. I am a heavy user of our library. I use both their own collection and inter-library loan. I've used their e-book selection off and on. Luckily, our library has combined with several others in our region to offer a wide selection of e-books. I also am lucky enough to have a library card from another system where I spend my summers and can access their selection of e-books as well. Whenever I become interested in a new title my first stop is the online library access. I am sorry for others who aren't as fortunate as I am and don't have a good library system. I have moved often throughout my life and one of the first stops I make is to the local library. I fervently hope that these great institutions of learning and democracy will always have open doors to inspiration of the mind and soul.
02-26-2013 05:01 PM
02-26-2013 09:28 PM
I have been using the library for a couple of years now to rent ebooks. I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the face that less and less of my authors' books are available through libraries...I follow a couple of groups online and get book reccomendations from there, and more often lately those books are not available through libraries.
Does anyone have any suggestions on where to get recomendations of books available at the library in the e-book format?
P.S. I could never afford to buy all the books I read.
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03-08-2013 12:55 PM
I take advantage of the 15 libraries I have access to reading ebooks that are still being provided by overdrive as well as reading Dtbs. I take advantage of my tax money.
03-09-2013 12:43 AM
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Check your library's web site or online catalog. They will have al the information you need to download books.
03-09-2013 12:45 PM
I love our library. Not only do I use it for ebooks but also for dvd's. I don't pay for books. There are tones of them out there for free and from the library.
04-04-2013 01:02 PM
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04-05-2013 10:53 AM
I have heard about borrowing ebooks from my local library, but I don't know how... I wish to know. My kids, each have a nook tablet and they love to read, books can be expensive. Please let me know how I can get access. I do have a library card from my local library
You can go into your local library and ask a librarian to show you how. They are happy to help you! They can show you how to use the library web site to find and download books. Take your kids with you when you go so they can learn how, too.
04-10-2013 01:35 PM
Actually with the rising price of ebooks, I've been keeping my wish list and checking out DTBs from my library. Kids enjoy going too.