Monday, September 3, 2018

Free Books with your library card!



I LOVE listening to audiobooks and reading. I have my monthly subscription to Audible and partake in the Romance Package. My monthly subscription is for 1 credit a month and the Romance Package has been nice to discover new to me authors and narrators. HOWEVER, there is a limit... again, I get one credit a month and the romance package allows you to borrow up to 10 titles at one time, but they don't have ALL the audiobooks, narrators or authors I love included in the package.

This is an expensive hobby/indulgence! Each book (regardless of format) costs money and I can read up to 100+ books in a year.. if we do the math.... lets use $14.95 as an average for each audiobook (NOTE: prices range from less to more based on several factors but we won't get into that here) times the 100 books I've currently have slated to read for the full 2018 year... the total is $1,495. I honestly think I'm hitting the low end for the total number of books because I KNOW some listen to 10+ books a MONTH!!! The dollar amount increases and increases!


So what's this Bibliophile girl to do? 


 THANKFULLY there's a wonderful and magical place called



In this magical place you can borrow the books for FREE! Yes, you read correctly! FREE! This is where it gets better... they have them in different formats  - paperback, ebooks and audiobooks!! I know some of you may be thinking "Jeez Viv, a bit much on the sarcasm." or my favorite "No, duh!? Really?!" LOL. But the truth is, many people tend to forget that there is a library and that they do provide the advance technology of not only ebooks but audiobooks as well. Before anyone starts with the "Oh, but my library is SMALL." or the "I live in a rural..." mentality, we live in a GLOBAL world where many of the libraries are reducing physical inventory but working with neighboring (and at times, larger cities) areas to enhance their electronic inventory!  This means they will work together with other libraries via third party vendors like OverdriveRBdigital, and Hoopla Digital.

Lets start with RBdigital which is owned and operated by Recorded Books Publishing. 



The cool thing about RBdigital? They have their mobile app available for iPad®, 
iPhone®, Android™, and Kindle Fire™!  Learn more via this video or by visiting their website.


Overdrive is another great provider that lends eBooks, audiobooks, music and video! 



Overdrive works with every major Device!
With Kindle® compatibility (U.S. only), apps for every major platform and OverDrive Read, your digital library service is compatible with every major device on the market. Visit the website for more information! 






HooplaDigital is actually one of my favorites and I use it ALL THE TIME!! 
Instantly borrow free ebooks, audiobooks, digital movies, music, and more, 24/7 with your library card.


These are just THREE resources that many libraries have that allow its patrons to listen to audiobooks. I hope that you go and find out what your local library has to offer and SIGN UP!!! Remember it's FREE!!! You can't beat that AWESOME deal!!! :)  




Tell me what you love best about your library!

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