Sunday, June 16, 2013

New York Public Library- Free eBook Downloads

Ok, so this is not a "daily deal" but it is a deal because it is free.  I love to read, and I buy books for my Kindle pretty frequently.  It seems like every week I'm spending $10 or more on books that I only read once, because I never, EVER read a book twice.  So it's a waste.
Well, thank you Stefanie and Patricia for pointing this out to me- you can rent books on your Kindle (or whatever ebook you choose) from the library for free.
The Kips Bay branch, just steps from my apartment
I originally had plans to check out the New York Public Library because it's where Carrie and Big were supposed to get married.  It hadn't really occurred to me that the libary has a much more practical use-duh.
So here's the deal: if you live, work, or attend school in New York, you can easily sign up online, then head to one of their 80+ branches to validate your account and get a physical card.  Then voila, you are ready to rent books.  WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS SOONER.
Never felt more like a New Yorker than when I finally got my own library card
The ebook website is pretty robust; there are many search features, like search by title, bestseller, most popular, available for immediate download, etc.  Also, you can check out ebooks from 1-3 weeks at a time, your choice.  Some of the titles I was searching for had long waitlists (I put myself on the hold list for Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg- I'm number 598 out of 69 available copies, all of which are checked out).  So I searched through the available bestsellers and found The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I was pretty pumped- a friend had recommended it so I already had it on my summer reading list.

Speaking of which, what are your summer must reads? I'm taking 2 weeks off this summer and most of them will be spent sitting on a beach or traveling, so please help a girl out and comment with suggestions :)
This is not part of the NYPL, but it is amazing and it makes me happy. Little Free Library on the East River.  Borrow a book or donate a book, on the honor system!

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