Borrowing eBooks for Free

Last year Amazon reported that eBook sales surpassed printed book sales for the first time ever. With the popularity of the Kindle, iPad, Nook and other devices, more of us are turning to eBooks rather than print books.

So for those of you with a digital library full of “used” eBooks… What do you with them?

There is a website that helps you solve this problem, called

This website lets you swap unlimited ebooks with thousands of readers across the country. The site features some of the hottest New York Times best-sellers, timeless classics and even rare eclectic titles, textbooks and tech manuals. Best of all it’s free to join.

And here’s another way you can borrow ebooks for free. Many local public libraries now make it possible to borrow ebooks from them, using your computer.

Visit your local library web site, and see if you can check out the digital version of books you want to read. These sites let you borrow the books you want, download them to your e-reader or iPad, and read them for free.

Just know that with many public library web sites, even though the books you check out are ebooks, you still have to “return” them with your computer, before they let you check out more titles.

And when you want to read books that are very popular, you may have to get on a waiting list to check them out. Then the library will notify you when it’s your turn for that book.

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