Yep! It's true.
Look, here's the deal. I could never spend $10.00 on a digital book. Never! But, it occurred to me that maybe... just maybe... the library had a digital book loan system and sure enough, they did! Maybe you are already using your digital book loan system via the library, but I wanted to pass along this info to those who are not!
There's a few steps involved to get set up. First of all, you need a library card, but that's a no brainer right?
Second, you'll need to have the Kindle App downloaded to your device (phone, tablet, laptop, etc.)
You will also need to download OverDrive Media Console (which is like a facilitator between your library and Amazon.com.)
Once you get that set up, you can access your local digital library. For my local friends, it is the Central Texas Digital Consortium.
Select your local library from the drop down menu.
Then enter your library card number and password.
Once you access the digital library, you can browse titles, hold/reserve titles or check out titles.
If the book you want to read is not available, you can place a hold and you will be notified via email when the book is available for check out.
Additionally, you will get an email notifying you when your loan ends.
The books are loaned via Amazon.com. So, you'll also need an Amazon account... but these days... who doesn't already have an Amazon account.
And, that's it! Seems like a lot of steps to begin with, but after the initial set up... it's a cinch! Oh and something else that is awesome... if you are like me and have several devices - iPad, phone, Macbook, then all of your loaned digital books will be available on all of your devices via the Kindle App.
Here are a few downfalls to be aware of once get started.
1.) Loan period is only 2 weeks. I'm a slow reader and a very busy mom, so sometimes my loan will end before I'm done with the book. Que lastima!
2.) Availability is limited. If there is a popular book you want to read, you will likely have to get on a reserve waiting list. I'm not flustered by this too much, but I know some people would.
3.) Availability (AGAIN)... your library "purchases" the right to loan the books through Amazon. Meaning... your library may not offer an incredible amount of titles via the digital consortium... or, they may only procure 1-2 copies of a popular book. It varies from library to library. Our library seems to be catching up now, but a year ago, available titles were very limited.
4.) You can only reserve 3 titles at one time.
5.) You can only check-out 5 titles at one time.
However, there is a work around to #'s 4 & 5 and that is... everyone in our family has their own library card, so Elisan can reserve her own titles and not bog down my reserve limit, etc., etc.
Is it a perfect set up? No... of course not. But, totally worth the money saved!