Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Kindle (or iPad or eReader) and the Library-A List of What is Out There

*My compilation of books worth reading that are available at the public library for eReaders is at the bottom of this post. If you have any suggestions to add to the list, just leave them in the comments or email me and I will add them!

So when I first got my kindle touch this summer one of its big selling points was the whole "The library now carries ebooks!" thing.  Back in the day before I had infertility debt or a kid or a lower paying job with better hours for a family I used to buy a lot of books.  A lot of them.  And I loved my precious books.  But then one day I realized I had no room in my tiny house for all these books, AND I realized I couldn't really AFFORD my reading habit.  Like a fool, I just stopped reading for an extended period of time, but eventually my relationship with the library was reborn, and I was a happy girl. 

Then all of a sudden everyone was into these fancy ereaders.  And I rolled my eyes because... COME ON PEOPLE, I JUST REMEMBERED THE LIBRARY EXISTS!  I looked up how much the books I wanted to read cost and they were usually between $8-12.  I may not be a mathematician, but I can average that out to $10 a book in my head.  I am on pace to read around 50 books this year.  That is $500!  And yes, it's cool that I can carry $500 worth of books around in my purse, and yes it's AMAZING that my text books are on there (I am still taking classes. It is fun) but I just wasn't sold on paying for an Kindle and then paying for books until the library deal was announced.  Then I was sold.

So I get my Kindle, and I log on to get the first book I wanted to read, the last book in the Outlander series,  and it wasn't available for the kindle from the library.  Then I wanted to read The Night Circus, which at that time also wasn't available (but turns out it is now!) and I was discouraged.  I mean, I bought this thing mainly for BlogHer book club books and the library and now the library has nothing I want to read!  So over the last six months I have used both the library for hard copies of books and used my kindle for BlogHer books, anything free that I thought sounded interesting on Amazon, and for the select few books I have been willing to pay for because I think I would want to someday reread them (Insurgent (just learned it's avaiable at the library too!), Prized, ect). 

I feel like between those outlets I use my Kindle a lot, and it was worth the purchase, but I was a little disgruntled about the library thing.  That was, until two weeks ago.  When I logged on to put a book on hold, and found out that "HOLLY CRAP, THE LIBRARY HAS THE EBOOK ON THIS ONE!"  So I put it on hold, and a few seconds later had an email to add it to my kindle.  It was SO EASY!  And awesome!  So I started poking around for some other books on my "to read" list and found two more that I wanted to read that had e-versions!  And I added those too! And read them! And now I am on the Kindle Library band waggon. 

But it has a flaw.  They don't have enough books.  And who in the heck knows what they have and don't have? And who wants to log in to try to find a book worth reading in the Kindle Library catalog.  I assume lots of you are like me and go in to find one specific book, and if it isn't there (which it commonly isn't) you give up.  SO I HAD AN IDEA!  I am going to post a list here on this here blog about the enjoyable books I find at the library for the kindle.  I know not all libraries have the same ebooks, but if one has it, then that means it's available (which is the problem with new books and some publishers. They don't release an e-version for libraries to distribute).  That way If you want to get a book from the library for your kindle (or ereader) you can come here and see a list of things that I thought were worth reading and pick from that!  And the chances of it being there are MUCH MUCH higher since we know they are at least on my local library's eBooks list.   And if you read a great book on your ereader from the library, leave it in the comments or send me an email about it (biogirl79 at gmail dot com) and I will add it to the list (with a link to your blog if you like, just so you get credit for your contribution to my kindle library list!)

It's a good idea, right?  I have no idea.  But I am doing it!  I will post a link to this post on my sidebar to make it easy to find from now on, and you can always come by and find something to read that you should be able to get for free for your eReader.  So here we go!

Bio Girl's Library Kindle/eBook Reading List
These are all books I personally have read and enjoyed
Bio Girl's Reader's Library eBook Reading List
Some I have read and like, but still want to give credit to who told me they were at the library.  The rest are on my To-Read list!
I know the list isn't long yet, but it will grow.  And for now, at least here is a starting point for actually taking advantage of the library/eReader relationship!


  1. Yay! Great idea!
    I just read The Selection yesterday, in total about 9 hours from the time I downloaded it. :)
    Also: The Night Circus (you mentioned, but didn't lust)
    Insurgent (but I couldn't get Divergent on Kindle)
    The Girl in the Gatehouse
    Picture Perfect by Jodie Picoult

    I have.some more on my erequest list, but I can't remember them right now.
    I'll be checking back for ideas!

  2. It's a fabulous idea! And one that inspires me to get a library card :) (I had one when I was a kid, but I'm pretty sure the one with my 5yo signature won't cut it nearly 30yrs later...)

  3. Well, you know I am a big fan of the library so I was thrilled when I discovered they had ebooks. You might want to let people know that they are not only for the Kindle but you can get the Overdrive app and easily read them on the iPad or laptop as well. You also have to have a library card to do this. Normally what I do is just choose a category then look to see which books are the most popular - this a category you can choose. Those are usually (but not always) the best ones. I also put lots of books on my Wish List because I may not remember what I found when I am browsing! I also love the fact that you can reserve books and they will email you when they are available. So easy! I just recently read "Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt" which was really enjoyable since it takes place in Savannah and we had just been there. I also just finished "Thunder Dog" which is a really interesting book about a blind man and his guide dog who were trapped in the Twin Towers on 9/11. I'm sure there are other good ones and I'll add them to your list as I remember/read them. This is a great idea. I will be checking back!

  4. Just placed an ehold for "Divergent" - looks really good - and remembered one other thing you might want to share. When you are choosing books for the iPad, it's better to choose the Adobe version, rather than Kindle, especially if you are traveling. Honestly, I can't remember all the details but I know I had some kind of issue getting the Kindle version when traveling but the Adobe was no problem.

  5. Why, yes, you may have a dozen comments from me! Just found a few more books I read recently to add to the list.
    "Explosive Eighteen", by Janet Evanovich - so great and funny. If you have not read this series, you need to!
    "Water for Elephants", Sara Gruen. I read this one after everyone else because I couldn't believe a story about elephants would be good. I was so wrong!
    "The Bride", Julie Garwood. Great romance series.
    "77 Shadow Street", Dean Koontz. This is an odd one but if you like Dean, you will like it.