How to get free audio and e-books from the library
Talking tech is brought to you by wicks dot com. With wicks, you can use artificial design intelligence to create a stunning website right from your phone in five minutes or less. Just go to wicks dot com. That's w. i. x. dot com. And create your professional website today. E books are one of the great joys of being digital. There's so many to choose from, but they can be expensive. Our friend Mark Saltzman who is a USA today columnist end the host of the syndicated radio show and podcast tech it out is with us, but Mark's gonna tell us about how to get e books for free or no little to no cost. Yeah. Sharon are free whether it's e books or audio books, and there's one of two ways to do it. One is to use overdrive which is an app or built into many e-readers like Kobo whereby you just type in your library card inside of the overdrive area of the Kobo e book reader or the app, and you can rent books for free you. It's a borrow books. I should say from your local library just as you would do in person, but you don't have to drive to the library and nor do you have to return it on time or face any overdue charges. But the process is the same. You reserve a book and then digitally you can read it on your Facebook reader. Or on a nap on a tablet or a smartphone or a laptop, and then when it is it, would it does expire. It just stops working unless you renew it. That's one way is to use overdrive Jefferson from the same company. Overdrive is a standalone app called Libby l. i. double b. y. and that's their way to borrow books for free from your local library or audio books. And this would need you just download the free app to your favorite IOS or Android device or windows. You log in again with your library card, and then you allow the app or your device rather to find your local libraries and you just punch in your library card once and then you can borrow books and audiobooks for free, and that also works with kindles. If you do have supported kindle, you can click a button inside Libyan. Have that book pushed that e book pushed to the supported kindle either way you're talking about borrowing books for free so you don't have to pay for them. They do include New York Times bestsellers, and other newer titles, not just the classics. And then when they do expire, you don't have to go. Anywhere pay any overdue fees, it's it's great. What what is the average length of typically sent? Seven? Fourteen days depending on the library depending on the book and often you can renew it before it expires. In other cases, somebody else has requested it. So it's as if it was a physical copy because the library pays for certain number of them, you would probably, you know, for the tech savvy listeners are probably scratching their head thinking, it's just zeros and ones. Why can't you just make an unlimited? Well, that's how they prevent piracy. There is some DRM digital rights management embedded here so that you can't just duplicate these books in freely shared them with the internet or audio book. So they it is a reservation system, but you just don't have to physically go to the library anymore. How is the selection? Because there's there's tons of of of e books, audio books that you can get on Amazon. Now, from authors, you never heard of or stuff this in the public domain. How current is the selection? Yeah, it's decent if there is a, as I mentioned a lot of the. Bestseller lists that you would read in USA today or the New York Times, many of those same books are available and to a lesser extent. Many of those same audio books are available for all the the current bestsellers. If you're willing to read something from year or two ago or a decade ago, but still big names like James, Patterson, Stephen King, or what have you, then you're still gonna find a decent selection. So it's look. It's not like you're walking into a Barnes and noble or a orders or or shopping on Amazon, where you have a huge, huge selection. If you're willing to trade a bit of selection for the convenience of being able to borrow a book without having to physically go to a library, you will not be disappointed. All right. So go to overdrive download the app and then key in your local library. Put in your card in your good. That's basically it either overdrive or the Libby app. And if you do have one of the Cobos that support overdrive built in, then you don't need the app at all. If you wanna read it on your Kobo reader for kindle, it also works with Libby. Already. Mark Saltzman is a USA day columnist. He is the host of the syndicated radio show tech it out, which is also available at a podcast. As a podcast light talking tech on apple and Google podcasts, Institure, or whatever find podcasts are available. How do people find you on Twitter Mark handle is Mark underscore Saltzman. So it's Marc with a c, underscore s. a. l. t. z. may already. I'm at Jefferson, Graham on Twitter. Thanks everyone for listening. Thank you. Mark talking tech is brought to you by wicks dot com. When you're ready to get your website up and running, you want to be able to do it quickly and efficiently and wicks dot com has got you covered. They developed artificial design intelligence that creates a stunning website for you with wicks. You can create your own professional website, right from your phone, which means you can open your own online store portfolio or blog wherever you are. How's that for efficient. Just go to wicks dot com. 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