How to read free online ebooks and audiobooks on any device from your Public Library and the kindle book app
I know tons of people with tablets and eReaders who still haven’t figured out this amazing secret, so I thought I would share how you can get the latest, free novels and audiobooks for free – compliments of your local Public Library and a free book app. This is entirely legit and free, so don’t worry.
While visits to the library are steadily decreasing these days due to the ebook craze, the majority of libraries have caught onto this trend. Just about any library near you actually has a virtual library that allows you to check out ebooks or audiobooks (depending on the library). Once you virtually check out these books, you can send it to your Kindle, or the free Amazon Reading App that will allow you to read the books on any device: like an ipad, iphone, or PC. Here is how you can take advantage.
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Even if you have a Kindle, I still have the Kindle cloud reading app so that I can read my books on my phone, PC, or ipad whenever I want. The App works on pretty much anything (including PC), and the awesome thing about it is that you never have to deal with connecting or transferring anything: everything works from the cloud. So, if you send a book to your kindle app via your Amazon account, you can read it on any device that supports the app! I travel a lot, so this works perfectly for me and it’s free. You can get the cloud reading app here.
Step 2: Visit Your Local Public Electronic Library
This step is a little tricky and confusing – or at least it was for me at first. To find the digital library for your area, visit OverDrive. There you can search for your library via zip code or location. If you don’t have a local library that has ebook borrowing enabled, then select a library nearest you – that worked for my sister!
Step 3: Borrow the ebooks or audiobooks available
This step is seemingly easy. You can search for the available digital books via your public library’s overdrive site and you can press the big ‘borrow’ button to get the process started. However, don’t be fooled. There is still one more step that will enable you to actually read the free book on any device. The only caveat is that they don’t have a digital version of everything and different libraries have a different selection, but they usually have the latest best sellers (at the very least). So play around with different local libraries, like the Public Chicago Library.
Step 4: Send the book to your Kindle app or eReader
Once you select borrow, you can choose what type you would like. Click the Kindle version and it will take you to the Amazon Library where you can choose to confirm borrowing and decide to send it to your Amazon reading app with the click of a button. You can also click a button to send it to your Kindle eReader, if you have one. There is also an option for downloading a .mobi or .epub version as well but you would have to transfer the file to your device and install software that reads these versions. Hence, I just use the Kindle app for everything because I don’t have to transfer files and I know that it will work on everything.
After that, all you have to do is open the app on your PC or mobile device of your choice and it will immediately download it when connected to WiFi. You will still have a library book return date, like a regular library book, but you can choose to extend or re-download as your due date nears.
Once the book expires, it automatically ‘gets returned,’ and no longer allows you to read the book. So, you will never have to worry about late fees for ebooks and audiobooks.
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Here’s a little video example from the San Francisco Public Library.