How to get ebooks for FREE (legally)

Confession: I used to be a book-buying addict. I can’t even tell you guys how much money I’ve spent on random books at Half Price Books. I don’t want to say that money was wasted but let’s just say a lot of those books went unread and ended up back at Half Price Books.

My husband and I have really minimal storage space at our house (okay, townhome…whatever) so I’ve really tried not to buy any books since I tend to only read them once (or not read them at all….oops). So how do I get my books? Better question – how do I get them for FREE on my kindle/iPhone?

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The answer is much simpler than you might think: the public library!

Yep. The Fort Worth Public Library has a huuuuge selection of ebooks that you can check out for 2 or 3 weeks (whichever you choose), and they will automatically upload to your Kindle! It’s so stinking convenient. Also, if there’s not a waitlist you can renew them for another 2 or 3 weeks! (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app for free on your iPhone or iPad.)

The Library also has a really large selection of audiobooks, they aren’t quite as easy to download but basically you download them to iTunes and then transfer it to your iPod/iPhone (or whatever you have). Video streaming was recently introduced as well – the selection isn’t giant but they’ve got some nice options for new and old movies and hey…it’s free!

I think the best part about ALL of this is the fact that the ebooks and audiobooks return themselves automatically. That’s right, y’all…no late fees! I have literally NEVER returned a Redbox movie on time so this is a HUGE bonus for me.

Here are some of the books I’ve read/listened to for FREEEEE thanks to the Fort Worth Public Library:
-Legend (Marie Liu) – currently reading
-Bossypants (Tina Fey)
-Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (Mindy Kaling)
-Harry Potter – all 7 books (JK Rowling)
-Jurassic Park
-#GIRLBOSS (Sophia Amoruso)
-Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (Seth Grahame-Smith)
-Dad is Fat (Jim Gaffigan)
-The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
-Orange is the New Black (Piper Kerman)
…and probably more than I can’t think of off the top of my head!

I Googled several Texas cities and every single one that I tried has ebooks at their library (Dallas, Plano, Carrollton, Austin, San Antonio), so definitely check your city.

What I’m trying to say is, get yourself to your local library, sign up for a library card and start checking out some ebooks, yo!

xoxo
Valery

 

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