Spending too much on ebooks? Just looking for some free ones? Don’t forget about the thousands of free ebooks you can download from your library (if they use Overdrive).
Of course, you’re only borrowing the books; the books will expire and be automatically “returned” to the library on their due date. You’ll still have a file on your eBook Reader or pc, but it won’t work, so you can just delete it.
You can download free ebooks in .pdf and mobipocket format.
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The wonderful things about downloading ebooks from your library? They’re free. There are no late fees because the books automatically expire. And they’re super easy and convenient to get–just download them–perfect for those days when you don’t want to make a trek to the library.
And if you really want the book, then you can always buy an eBook or paper-copy edition. I think that’s a good idea to do with books you love. Support the writer while making sure you can re-read the book any time you want.
One caveat–if you use a Kindle, you won’t be able to download free ebooks from your library, since the Kindle does not support Overdrive or library ebook downloads.
Also, you may need an eBook Reader that can read Adobe PDF DRM ebooks, not just PDF–OR Mobipocket. I’m not sure about that, but I think they’re encrypted. For instance, the Bookeen Cybook doesn’t support DRM (encrypted) PDF documents, but it does support Mobipocket.
Anyone have an e-ink eBook Reader and tried it out? I’d love to know.
Thanks to Ellen Smith of the Hudson Library and Historical Society, for her tip (and reminder) in Shelf Awareness, and Shelf Awareness for including it.