Books

Growing collections of digitized books, in many formats, are now online. Many out-of-copyright books can be freely downloaded

  1. With your public library card, you can download ebooks for reading on your screen. See Ramsey county suggestion sheet: rclreads.org    Or this quide.
  2. If you have a college/university library access card, many more items are available in art, music, film, journals. In Minnestota, sign in and explore: lib.umn.edu
  3. For general reading: Google, download and install and  compare the two most popular reading programs–Kindle and ePub. Both are free and will work on your computer as well as on any mobile devices that you use. In any future downloads, try to select in your preferred format. Then start to travel culturally!
  4. Once you have chosen a preferred format, other documents can be converted. Amazon will convert by email to Kindle format. Online-Convert will change files to ePub format. Increasingly, you will be able to choose a format as you download.
  5. Browse before you download or buy. Several online booksellers (Amazon , Barnes &  NobleGoogleMacmillan) may post reviews and sample pages from books as well as publisher and reader reviews. You can also get information at: goodreads.com after you sign up (free). Descriptions and links also available at: archive.org
  6. Google and Amazon keep expanding their digitized  resources. Keep rechecking their sites: Books.Google and Kindle Cloud Reader
  7. A superb organizing site for your collection of e-books is Calibre. This free app may well become your first stop with your new library
  8. Bob Rankin has How To’s and a large list of sources here
  9. Amazon-Kindle  gives you 3 ways of borrowing books.
  10. Amazon details ways to borrow from public library

 

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