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Subject: libraries for ebooks
Date Posted: 12/5/2012 12:16 AM ET
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I've really been focusing on reading ebooks format this year instead of buying paper format - mainly to save on space and lessen the clutter I seem to have with books everywhere. I have 3 libraries locally I can use but I had to go in person to get the cards. I remember there was a library in Philadelphia seems like that would issue an out of state account for ebooks only without having to appear in person...are there any others like this that are worthwhile? I read mostly romance and sometimes mystery/nonfiction/paranormal/urban fantasy/erotic romance and mine don't seem to have all that I'm interested in. One is pretty lousy and another not so good with another being pretty decent.

Date Posted: 12/5/2012 2:36 AM ET
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The Free Library of Philadelphia.  The fee is $35 a year.  You can search the catalog.

Another one mentioned is the Brooklyn Public Library.  That is $50 a year for non state residents.  They have a different policy on Holds, limiting the number you can place.  Which makes the waiting lists move faster.

 



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Date Posted: 12/5/2012 3:22 AM ET
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What about your Local Libraries?  Mines FREE!  Also Maryland allows WV & PA folks in certain areas for $18 per yr to use their system.  Your local Lib might have the same deals!  

Date Posted: 12/5/2012 4:31 AM ET
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thanks Emily! I'll check those out and see if I can view what's available. Barbara I have 3 libraries locally I have cards with but 2 dont' really have a lot of ebooks that I like and the other doesn't seem to have what I've seen others mention finding at their library's overdrive. I do check all 3 and get on waitlists if something interests me.

Date Posted: 12/5/2012 7:42 AM ET
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I used to have the Free Library card but traded it in for the Brooklyn one. What you really have to do is get in there and pull up your wish list and what you like to read. Even at $50 a year, that's the equivalent of 20 credits. If you find more than 20 wish list books to read (which I did), then you break even with what you would have spent here at PBS. Also, while there might be a small waitlist line, you know you're going to eventually get a book while here at PBS you're at the mercy of your fellow readers reading and posting the ones you want in a reasonable time frame.

Date Posted: 12/5/2012 4:42 PM ET
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thanks Nancy - that's what I was thinking - if I at least break even it's worth it and I can wait on most books - heck could probably wait on all if I had the willpower! ..but I don't! luckily the 3 I have are growing - one county is best followed by the next county but the city library doesn't have near the selection. I wish they'd shift the ordering ratio - may talk to them next time I'm at the main branches.

Date Posted: 12/5/2012 9:08 PM ET
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I went with the Philly one.  The waiting lines actually move pretty quickly.  I've been surprised by the number of books with no waiting line at all. I've also borrowed quite a few audiobooks.

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Date Posted: 12/5/2012 9:18 PM ET
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my library has an email contact and i just email her about what i want.  

one time they said they were out of funding but would have more in a couple of months & did get what i asked for then.  

it never hurts to ask.  

i do look at overdrive for what is available at libraries, cause they can only get what is offered by their supplier.

Date Posted: 12/5/2012 9:58 PM ET
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I strongly recommend to look through the catalog before spending money on a library card!  You need to find a library where the selection matches your desires.

Also, there are several threads in the Love and Romance forum that list eBook freebies. 

Date Posted: 12/6/2012 7:53 PM ET
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Yes look at what they have first.  I looked at Brooklyn and Philly as they were the only 2 I knew about.  I found more of my WL books on Philly and it was cheaper so I went with it, plus it was cheaper.



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Date Posted: 12/7/2012 5:49 PM ET
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The Broward County library system where I live in FL is pretty good. (Actually, lately I've been culling my WL because of how many are available at the library!)

They have over 27,000 ebooks, and they let you check out up to 10 at a time. You can have them for up to 21 days, and most of the lines are not that long.

The out of area fee for a card is $50.00.

Here's the link to their card info page, and you can search the ebook listings from the main page under the ebook category. (If the link doesn't work, try it again in a half hour or so- sometimes they're updating or something.)

Broward County Public Library 



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Date Posted: 12/26/2012 10:22 AM ET
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What is the size of the Brooklyn Library's e-book database?  Do they have audio books as well?

I have access to e and audio books on loan from our library system (Arkansas) but I did notice that the Philadelphia Library has a much larger selection.  I would imagine that Brooklyn's would be even larger.

I would like to get an idea of how large the Brooklyn selection would be.

Date Posted: 12/26/2012 1:36 PM ET
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Brooklyn currently has 26,000+ ebooks available as of today.

Date Posted: 12/26/2012 9:06 PM ET
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Wow!

Our library system probably has about 900.

Date Posted: 12/26/2012 10:50 PM ET
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That doesn't mean that all 26,000 are good or ones you would want to read, not could you read that many in a year or 10 on your $50/year library card. It's important to see which library matches your reading tastes. Brooklyn matches mine and once I burn out my card from the Smutty Librarians, it will be the only one I pay for.

Date Posted: 12/27/2012 7:51 PM ET
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I think my tastes are a little unusual.  I love books on spirituality.  Personal Finance books.  Liberal political books.  Self-help books.  Some bios.  Mystery-suspense.

The only mainstream books are mystery-suspense.

I am a New Yorker, and I think I once held a Brooklyn Library card when I worked in Brooklyn one summer.  I definitely had a Queensboro Library card because I went to college in Queens and lived in Queens for over three years.

My Arkansas Library selections are heavy on bestsellers which come and go.i

Date Posted: 12/27/2012 8:47 PM ET
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Different libraries have different theories and selections. My Dad's library has a heavy emphasis on smaller interest books, such as urban fiction and horror. My library seems to have a focus on mysteries and non fiction. Part of the balance between what is available and what the librarians want on the physical shelves.