You know how if you have a Kindle you can borrow ebooks from your local library? Well, Kindle users aren't the only lucky ones - any other e-reader that can read documents in ePub format has the same capability. Many libraries nowadays offer ebooks and audio books to their patrons through their websites, but a lot of patrons don't know about this service and therefore don't use it. In fact, a quick poll of some friends and colleagues revealed that I was the only person who knew that this service existed, so on an off chance that you don't know about it either I'd like to talk to you about it. The way libraries make digital content available is through a platform called Overdrive (you can visit their website here) and the number of books they offer grows every day. My library website has 660 fiction titles and 110 nonfiction titles, and many are new and very popular. The lending period is usually 1 or 2 weeks, and all you need is a free piece of software that gets installed on your computer and within minutes you're good to go. So if you have an eReader and like free books (who doesn't, right?) visit you library's website and see what they have in terms of downloadables.
www.childrenslibrary.org and stop by the iTunes store to download the free app here.
And to wrap up, a quote:
No possession can surpass, or even equal, a good library to the lover of books. Here are treasured up for his daily use and delectation, riches which increase by being consumed, and pleasure which never cloy.
~ John Alfred Langford