Relax This Christmas and Read Bestseller Novels For Free
Im Laura of Waiting to Be Read. I'm an unabashed book worm, lover of sunshiny Colorado hikes with my husband and two dogs, and I work as a civil litigation paralegal while scheming to live life cheaply, but to its fullest. Waiting to Be Read is three-second book reviews with actors cast as the main characters. Thanks, Danielle, for letting me share frugal tricks to indulge yourself this Christmas season! Stress goes hand in hand with the Christmas season and its busier schedule, tighter budgets, and increased obligations. Many women love to relax by reading....this is my favorite way to unwind! But its hard to feel ok about splurging on a $25 book when you're already strapped for cash! Its even harder when you're a reader like me and devour around six books a month. That simple $25 quickly spirals into $150+! How do you solve this problem, yet still live frugally? Let me introduce my favorite way to read bestsellers and hardback novels for free. Its easy, but does require an ounce of patience. Enter the library's fabulous option to put holds on books. In just three quick steps, youll be reading bestsellers and hardback novels for free. Most libraries have online websites. Usually this website address is listed on the back of your library card. Keep your card out, youll need it again in a minute.
1. Navigate to your librarys website and click on the My Account button. Usually, this is near the top of the page. If you've never logged in to your account online, take a minute to set up your account using your library card number.
2. Now comes the fun part. Near the top of the page will be a Search or Search Catalog box.
3. Type in the book title you want to read. For example, Divergent (the first book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth so good!). Hit enter and watch the search populates.
4. Scroll down until you find the format you want your book in.
5. Click Place Hold or Request.
6. Click through the prompts to finalize your hold, including what library branch you want to pick your book up at.
7. Dont panic by the amount of people on the hold list! The wait time will go quicker than you think.
8. In a few short days or weeks depending on how many people are before you on the wait list youll get an email notification that your book is available.
9. Head over to the library and check out your free bestseller!
Tips to Minimize Waiting:
- Put a hold on a book as soon as possible. These lists can fill up quickly. But if youre fast, youll score a number three or five position on the list.
- Put holds on dozens of books youre interested in. This way youll continuously have a spot in a hold list. Think of it like Netflix only for books and free!
- If you can, get library cards to several nearby counties libraries. For example, I have cards to Arapahoe, Douglas, and Denver County libraries. This way you can minimize your wait time by putting holds on your Must Read Now books in all those counties libraries. Then simply check out the first book thats available from those hold lists!
- Be conscious of your due date. A free bestseller can rapidly start costing money when the book is late. Typically, you can renew your book through your online library account if someone hasnt already requested it.
But what if you prefer reading books in an electronic format? You dont have to fork over lots of cash for e-books!
You have three options available:
- Library: select e-book format as your preferred book format and follow above instruction for placing hold.
- Amazon Kindle: lots of e-books are a mere $1-7 per book and you can download instantly to your phone.
- OnKindle: Amazons new book subscription. Popular books auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle for $0.99/month. Warning: I havent used this and it was rated 2 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Perhaps this is not the best option!
- Oyster Books: a new book-lovers app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. An online library of over 100,000 titles with more being added each day! Try it free for a month, then continue for a small fee of $9.95/month. Read unlimited books -- and juggle more than one at a time! all on your device. Even better, the books you download are available offline, perfect for those times youre stuck waiting for a delayed flight.
P.S. I took OysterBooks for a free month trial and really liked how clear the type was on my phone screen. Plus tons of newly released books were available! Full disclosure: I discontinued the service only because I love the feel of a book in my hands and that intoxicating ink smell. May the road of reading rise up to greet you and may it always be free. Happy (stress-free) holidays!
Thanks so much L! I do the same thing at my library! Saves me tons! Don't forget to check out Laura on her blog.