7 Quick Takes: How to Find Free Books Edition

I’m not like most women. I don’t collect shoes or handbags or jewelry. I am pretty ruthless about getting rid of “junk” and am very much a minimalist. I’m not a collector of anything, except for one thing: BOOKS. Lock me in the library or book store and I’m in Heaven. LOL! I love me some books. Four days after getting a Kindle Touch for my birthday I had 50 books downloaded on it. I keep a running list of books that I want to get and read – more than any one person can read in a lifetime. I’m okay with that. 🙂

I’ve been known to pay a good amount of money (mine and others!) on books, but I also like getting them for free. Who wouldn’t? Here are my seven of my favorite places, mostly online, to get free books:

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The Library. No brainer here. 🙂 One of the great things about the library is that if your branch doesn’t have the book you want, you can almost always get it through their inter-library system. Of course, the caveat (if you can even call it that), is you have to return the book!

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Paperback Swap. If you haven’t discovered Paperback Swap, you should definitely take a look and sign up. The premise is you post the books you want to get rid of, and for each book that gets “ordered” you get a credit that you can use to order a book for yourself.

Two things about Paperback Swap you should know: 1. When you first sign up and post 10 books, you get two “free” credits to get you started with swapping. 2. The person sending the books pays the postage. For example, if you order a book that I have posted, I am the one who will pay the postage. When someone orders a book that you have posted, you pay the postage.

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Amazon.com. Duh, right? A quick search on amazon.com for “free kindle ebooks” brings up pages of free ebooks that you can download to your Kindle. Just be warned: there are a lot of erotic ebooks listed, but if you can overlook them there are also a lot of classics and good books listed, too.

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eReaderLove.com. This is a blog that lists lots and lots of ebooks that are listed free on amazon.com for a limited time. You can sign up for email updates and get daily notices of what books are available. There are often a lot of romance, historical fiction and horror novels listed if you are interested in those genres.

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Openlibrary.org. I actually just discovered this site, and haven’t tried taking out a book out yet, but I did sign up for an account. What openlibrary.org does is allow you to borrow up to five books for two weeks. They have tons of books and an extensive inter-library system.

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Book Review Sites. There are several book review sites, such as booksneeze.com, that allow to you get free books in exchange for a written review that you will post on your website and a commercial site, such as amazon.com. There are also websites, like netgalley.com, that don’t require you to write a review.

(The book review sites that I know of are not Catholic, but Protestant sites. If you know of any Catholic Publishers that offer blogger book review programs, please let me know! I’d really love to start reviewing Catholic specific books.)

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Directly from Authors. Sometimes authors keep books on hand to give to bloggers or others who are willing to read the book in exchange for a review. I’ve been blessed to have been approached a couple of times by an author to read their book.

Or, if you have a favorite author, you may want to approach him or her and ask if he/she would be willing to give you a copy of their latest book in exchange for a review. I haven’t personally tried this since yet, but I would if I wasn’t back-loaded with reading right now. The worst they can say is no, right?

I have to put in a number 8. Family and friends. Since most people who know me knows I love to read, sometimes they will either pass on a book they liked for me to read, or will let me take one of their books if I ask.

Where do you find your free (or paid for) books? I’d love to know, so please tell me in the comments!

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7 Quick Takes: (Almost) Ephiphany Edition

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Although here in the US we celebrate the feast of Epiphany on the Sunday between January 6th and 8th, today is the “official” or traditional feast day of Epiphany.

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As I was looking for suggestion on how to make the feast of Epiphany special for my family, I came across this house blessing on the USCCB website.

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On the Youtube home page there was a link to a video of a young man of 18 who died of a serious heart condition on Christmas Evening. He uses flashcards to tell his story (no words), but I got tears in my eyes watching this video:

No matter what a person believes in regards to near-death experiences, one can still be touched by this young man’s spirit. My heart and prayers go out to his surviving family and I am praying for the repose of his soul.

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I can’t believe that I am actually going back to college! For a long time I have wanted to go back to school to get a bachelor’s degree in English, and the Lord has opened the doors for it to happen. I am taking two online courses to start: “Business Writing” and “The Short Story” starting January 18.

It is very exciting but I’m kind of nervous, too. I won’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve been in a classroom, but let’s just say it’s been a long while. 😉

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Please say a quick prayer for my six-year-old son who isn’t feeling well. He has a cold and an upper respiratory infection. He is definitely on the mend, and sounds worse then he says he feels; still, he has had some severely painful sinus headaches. Thanks!

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Are you familiar with paperback swap? I joined recently and loving it.

It’s kind of a book club where you earn credits that you can use to get other books for “free”. When you join the site and upload 10 books, you get 2 credits to get you started. You can use these credits to choose a book from the hundreds of choices. When someone orders one of your uploaded books, you earn one credit when he or she confirms that the book has been received.

The only payment is the shipping. You pay the shipping to send the books to those who requested them and when you request a book, the sender pays the shipping to you. Using media mail, the shipping is around $2.82 and upwards, depending on the weight of the book.

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My “theme” or “word” for 2012 is “peace“. My scripture reflection for the year is John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

My prayer for you is that you be filled with God’s peace and joy in the midst of any and all struggles and challenges you may face (or are facing) in your life.

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