Since we’re spending a lot more time inside right now, I’ve been looking for more ways to find new books to read. Unfortunately, the library near my house is closed right now and I simply can’t spend hours in a bookstore looking for ideas. So, I’ve been exploring a few options for getting the latest books online. Here’s some ideas.
Net Galley is my favorite place to get new books. The publishers provide reviewers, librarians, teachers, and bloggers with eBook versions of the latest releases. I’ve used Net Galley pretty regularly to acquire the stuff I review here. If you write about books or like to review them on Goodreads, Amazon, or Barnes and Nobles check out Net Galley.
Back in college when I was perpetually broke, I regularly watched TV and movies on Hoopla. If your public library subscribes to Hoopla Digital, you can access digital content. You sign in with the email address associated with your library and you have access to digital comics, movies, audio books and eBooks for free. The selection might not be the most expansive on the Internet, but they have plenty of the classics, and there’s no better value than free.
Overdrive / Libby
Your local library might also subscribe to Overdrive for you. Overdrive provides access to Kindle books and audio books on your phone through their app, Libby. Just like a real library, Libby has only a few copies of each book, depending on what your library has purchased or subscribed to from Overdrive. Still, placing holds makes an excellent way to get ahead of the crowd.
Or/and your library might have a subscription. Cloud Library is another way to access eBooks and audio books. The Cloud Library however allows you to connect multiple library accounts to your app, because they know you go to lots of different libraries. I sign in with my State Library of Kansas account as well as my account from the university where I do graduate work.