I want to read all the books. ALL THE BOOKS.
But with limited time (and money), how in the world can I read all of the best-sellers, recommendations by friends and development books to take my career to the next level?
Despite news that e-readers such as the Kindle and iPad have decreased physical book usage, research has shown that libraries have accommodated more patrons in the past eight years.
There are many reasons for this, such as free internet access and programs in the libraries, but the reason I still love my local library is because it is so convenient to read books with new technology.
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A little background first: I have a long daily work commute.
For the past five years, I have worked in a job that requires not only driving time to and from work, but also drive time between accounts. To pass the time, I mix in radio, podcasts and audiobooks. I love learning and being entertained, and my commutes are much more productive with the media I consume.
A daily commute is not unique to me. According to the 2013 American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau, more than 95% of American workers commute to work each day.
Luckily, radio and podcasts are free. Easy peasy. But finding new, best-selling books to enjoy in my car and on my phone is not as easy. For awhile, I checked out audiobooks on disc from the local libraries, but the selection left much to be desired. I also subscribed to Audible, but after about a year I couldn’t justify the $15/month fee.
To be fair, Audible sells you the books for much less than you would buy them individually; if you want to keep copies of the audiobooks, it is a valuable service. And I still LOVE browsing through bookstores and picking out a few books I want to keep forever or gift. But for books I wanted to read but not necessarily keep, I was not satisfied.
And then MY LIFE CHANGED.
Okay, a bit dramatic. But at my local library, I learned how to use the digital library. Similar to a physical visit to the library, the digital library allows patrons to check out ebooks and audiobooks one at a time. If the copy is available, you immediately get the book on your chosen device; if the copy is checked out, you can place a hold (up to ten holds).
There are hundreds of books I still want to read, and being able to queue up 10 checkouts and 10 more on hold at a time is phenomenal! Even overwhelming at times.
I consume 1-3 digital books a week, which is much quicker and more affordable than physical books and subscriptions. You can’t beat fast and free, folks.
As a resident in your town or county, you pay for those library resources. Take advantage of that amenity! Find out if your local branch partners with a digital library service (ours uses Overdrive) by asking in person or poking around on the library’s website.
Now go forth and READ!
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