How To Read For Free

by How To Mommy on 05.29.12

With all the great new series out, I’ve been spending a majority of my time reading lately.

My wonderful husband even surprised me with an iPad for Mother’s Day so I don’t have to squint onto my tiny iPhone screen.

(Yes, I could read the actual books, but online books are so much easier!)

At $9.99 a pop for each new release, my habit was quickly becoming a little too expensive.

Then my mom told me about this great program in my area and thought it may be something useful to pass on to all of you!

How To Read For Free

You can check out books from your public library for your eReader!

I went to my local library’s website, registered my library card and connected it to my Kindle app.

From there, I can search all the ebooks or type in specific titles I’m looking for.

As you can see, the site shows you how many copies the library has, how many copies are available and how many people are on the waiting list.

Once you decide on a title, you can add yourself to the waiting list (or immediately check it out if you’re lucky enough that it’s in stock) and you get an email when it’s your turn.  You go through the library’s online checkout process and it sends you to Amazon to download the title directly to your Kindle, or Kindle app for either 7 or 14 days.

The only problem I’m having right now is that a majority of the books I’m looking for have long waiting lists, but once it’s my turn the whole process works really well and I’m saving tons of money on books!

This also gives me a chance to read less popular titles while I wait for the new ones to become available!

Does your local public library have a system like this too?

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nikki May 30, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Mine does too, but I’ve found They don’t have many titles available yet. What are you currently reading? Any suggestions?


2 How To Mommy May 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I just finished “the Giver.” I had read it in middle school and it was just as good as I remember!


3 Sara May 30, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Mine does this, but some books I want they aren’t offering as a download yet. Otherwise we have long waits too, so I wait if they have it and if not I will buy it.


4 How To Mommy May 30, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Pretty much what I do too!


5 Jess June 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Hey! Found you on Mom Bloggers Club! You have a new follower 🙂 Feel free to follow back at ….btw..I LOVE my Nook Touch….I checked out the Twilight series finally from my library, although the waiting list was super long so after I read book 1 I was too impatient and purchased the last 3..ha!


6 How To Mommy June 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Thanks! I will. 🙂


7 Connie September 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Regarding your post on how to read free. If you go to and to and type free ebooks in the search you can get a list of ebooks free to downlo.for kindle nook sony or iPad I was spending a fortune on books and ebooks till I found out I could get all ithe books I wanted for free if I waited a few months for the new releases to become free.Also if you type in free ebooks on yahoo or any other search engine to can get a lot of ebooks as well.


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