How to get free e-books from your public library

By Rick Broida for cnet

Is your public library closed due to coronavirus concerns? Good news: You may be able to check out reading material electronically. For example, last year I fell in love with Hamilton, the musical, and so decided to read Hamilton, the biography. Price for the Kindle edition of Ron Chernow’s superb book: $15. Price to borrow it from my public library: $0.

To be clear, I’m talking about the e-book — the same exact one that would cost me $15 on Amazon. Most libraries have partnerships with one or more digital-lending services, meaning you can borrow, well, a library’s worth of reading material, all from the comfort of your PC, phone or tablet.

Read more: How to get free digital magazines from your library  

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • A library card
  • A compatible device: iPhone, iPad, Android phone/tablet, Kindle reader, Kobo reader. (In the market for a reader? Woot currently has the 2016 Kindle for $50.)

Yep, that’s about it. Next you’ll want to visit your library’s web site and look for something pertaining to e-books. It might be called “eLibrary” or “Downloads” or something else entirely, but it should lead you to at least one of the two major lending services: Hoopla Digital and OverDrive (which also goes by its newer app name, Libby). You’ll use your library card to sign in or create an account.

Read more here.

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