March 12th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

google play books

The Amazon bargains I mentioned in last week’s Weekend Deals? (certain books or albums available for just a quarter) Those are thanks to Amazon price-matching promotions from the new competitor Google Play.

For a week, Google has been offering $.25 deals each day on one ebook, app, album, and movie rental.

“Now your favorite music, books, movies, apps, and games are all in one place that’s accessible from the Web and any Android device. Discover, buy and share like never before.”

Today’s the final day if you want any of the following for $.25:

$.99 movie rentals on Google

I have picked up Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, Own the Night by Lady Antebellum, Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits for a grand total of $1.25.

While this promotion is ending, the competition between Google and Amazon will probably lead to some more price-matching good deals in the future.

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January 4th, 2012 by RichmondBargains


Did you receive a Kindle or Nook for Christmas? Now you need something to read, and it’s tempting to drop a small fortune on Amazon loading up on literature. Save some money by taking advantage of eBook lending programs through your local library!

eBooks can be borrowed for a lending period of several weeks, and you’ll need a library card to check them out.

Lists of titles available:

Here is how the process works to borrow a book for your Kindle through the Henrico County Library:

    Visit our OverDrive collection.
    Check out a Kindle book (library card required).
    Click on “Get for Kindle.” You will then be directed to to redeem your public library loan. You may be required to login to your account — or create a new account — if you’re not already logged in.
    Choose to read the book on your Kindle device, free reading app, or Kindle Cloud Reader.
    If you are using a Kindle app on a mobile device you may have to check for your book in the ‘Archived Items’ option.
    If you are using a Kindle your book will automatically sync with your Kindle when it is connected to wi-fi.

There is not nearly the selection that one can enjoy with print books, but more will be added all the time.

Tip: You don’t need to have an e-reader device to read eBooks. Many are available in general eBook formats, such as Adobe PDF which you can read by installing Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.

I’m just starting to learn my way around eBooks. I know there are websites that list free eBooks available – do you have a site you use? What about tips for saving money on eBooks?

I’ve added a number of free titles to my Kindle as bloggers post about books that Amazon offers free for a limited time. Also, every day, Amazon offers a Kindle Daily Deal at a big discount – you can sign up here to be notified what the deal of the day is.

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November 21st, 2011 by RichmondBargains

From the County of Henrico Public Library:

Are you interested in eBooks? Don’t know what to make of this format? Thinking about buying an eReader for someone this year? Have an eReader but not sure how to use our digital collections? Well, we’ve got something for you!

Beginning [tonight] we will be hosting eBook Clinics at each of our libraries. These clinics are an informal way for you to ask your questions about eBooks and eReaders. Library staff will be available to answer your questions.

Monday, November 21, 2pm-4pm @ Sandston

Tuesday, November 22, 2pm-4pm @ Glen Allen

Monday, November 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Varina

Tuesday, November 29, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Dumbarton

Wednesday, November 30, 2pm-4pm @ North Park

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Tuckahoe

Tuesday, December 13, 2pm-4pm @ Fairfield

Wednesday, December 14, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Twin Hickory

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