January 4th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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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 Amazon.com to redeem your public library loan. You may be required to login to your Amazon.com 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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