When my parents decided to get my girls Nooks for Christmas, I decided to finally take the time to look into digital library lending. It’s been so amazing that I feel like I need to take a minute to share for those who haven’t discovered it!
I’ve been a Kindle reader for almost four years now. I thought it might be a difficult switch for me – from paper books to electronic. But I’ve loved it from day one, and now I find it kind of a pain to read a paper book. It’s so much easier to have everything I read in one handy device. I still reading on my original Kindle, and I also use the Kindle app on my phone. But I’ll admit that I’ve spent a lot of money on books for my Kindle over the years. Less than I would have on paper books, but still a good chunk of money. And I wasn’t looking forward to doing the same for my girls.
I remembered reading a year or so ago that library lending was going to be available for the Kindle, but I never took the time to check it out. With two more e-readers in the house, I decided it was time. And can I tell you it’s been amazing? More for me than for the girls even. I borrowed my first book on December 18, and I’m now on book number 10. In my case I’m using the North Carolina Digital Library, but I’m guessing most libraries have a digital library now.
It’s so simple to use that I wish I’d started earlier! I can borrow up to four books at a time, for 14 days each. I can place books on hold if they’re not available. I can transfer the books either to my Kindle or to my phone. And as soon as I finish one I can return it and borrow something else. The selection is obviously not the same as hopping on Amazon and finding almost any book I want, but I’m having fun browsing and finding books to read. Especially since they’re free! I’ve read some older books that I realized I’d never read by some of my favorite authors. Even re-reading some that I read several years ago. And since I’m borrowing through my Kindle all the books I’ve read still show up in my Kindle library so that I can keep track of what I’ve borrowed (even though they’re not available after I’ve returned them – I just like keeping track).
So if you’re an e-reader fan – or even want to be able to read on your phone – check your library’s website for access to a digital library! While I’ve focused on use with the Kindle here, my girls also successfully added the Overdrive app to their Nooks and borrowed a couple books and there are also i-everything options available!
Linking up with Mama Kat, responding to the prompt, “What are you reading?” because I think everyone needs to know about the digital library option.