The Library Never Closes

The holiday weekend here is providing terrible weather.   We started with snow on Friday and it is still coming down.   Not like winter snow, but it is damp, overcast and cold.    It makes me want to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book.

I have a collection of books on my Kindle, but tonight I want a quick easy read.   Nothing seems to be what I want.    I am looking for one of those pulp fiction novels you buy at rummage sales or Goodwill.   The freebies on Amazon are not fitting the bill for my mood.    Of course it is Sunday night and our local library is closed, it is late and many businesses are closed for the holiday weekend.

Enter my library’s electronic option.   Even in Montana many of our libraries have an electronic collection.  Tonight I signed in to library browsed the ebook collection.   I found something that met my wish for reading material tonight.  Two minutes later it is on my Kindle and the hot water is boiling.

I hope that everyone who reads this blog takes a look at their library’s electronic collection.   If you have a reader, you may be able to check out ebooks.   If you like audio books, your library will  have a great collection available to you.   I am guessing your system is likely as sophisticated as the one that many the rural libraries in Montana share.   It supports all sorts of formats in ebooks, not just the Kindle and Nook, but many other generic readers.   Audio books can be downloaded to iPods, MP3 players, your computer media players and more.     I can check out books anytime, the library does not have to open.   Libraries are not dead, and full of dusty old books, they are changing to meet our reading habits.  Check it out.

Cost of eReaders

I have an eReader, a Kindle to be exact.   Many of my friends also have readers as well.   One of the things one needs to be aware of is that you have to be as smart with your reader as you were before you had it.   If you are a voracious reader like me you could go broke buying new books for yourself.

Prior to owning a reader I loved the used book and thrift stores for full-filling my reading addiction.   I still have a bag of books from my last stop at a used book store.   Now with a reader I can’t flock into the used book store and pick up some books for my reader.   Most ebooks are not easy to lend, but it can be done at least once for more and more books now days.  Instead I have had to teach myself new thrifty habits to meet my needs.

First the Amazon top 100 free, deals of the day and the under $3.99 bin are a great place to find books.      The really interesting thing is that if you watch theses three categories you will find occasional new releases in them.   I  many $15  books for ZERO DOLLARS.   I am not sure, but I think publishers allow unannounced freebies to get their books some exposure, good reviews or some buzz.  Now mind you this is not true every day, but if you are looking for a  way to kill a few minutes it is a great place to visit.

If you like me are trying to add some classics to your reading there are lots of sources for books that are free, as they are no longer protected by copyright.  There are lots of sites out there with those free for the taking.

Another source is your public library online.   There you can get in the que to read the latest books free.   Unlike the old fashion library you don’t need to go in or return them.   Way cool.    I  use libraries for research work, but I haven’t check a book out in years because they always go back late.   Now I am rediscovering the library.  I even made a donation to my local library because I really love the ebooks option and if I don’t pay fines how are they going to keep up the program.

If you are rural like me you do lots of  internet ordering and probably do a fair share at Amazon.   A friend introduced me to Amazon Prime.   She signed up for it because of the shipping program, but now with her Kindle she is also taking advantage of the lending feature that comes with that program.   I am not a Prime program participant, but her talking about how well the program worked for her I am thinking about it.

Another thing I do is visit publisher’s websites and sign up for their newsletter.  They are not giving away tons, but ocassionally I do find a gem.   Think of all the different thrift stores and rummage sales you scrounge for your books.

Lastly if you do need a brand new book almost all Kindle books on Amazon you can read the first chapter free.  I am not sure about Nook.    Before you plunk down your hard earned cash on that new book, take advantage of that free first chapter insight.  Depending on that first chapter goes you will know if you really do need that book right now or you can wait for it from your public library, or the price to go down.

I have more books that I have gotten the above ways than I can keep up with even with all the reading I do.   But I also can say that spending usually zero on a book, if I don’t like I have no second thought about the delete option.   Good luck in your quest to keep your book budget in line with your reader.   Let me know if you know of some other good resources.