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Tips for Digital Readers: Getting the Hang of e-Books, Reading Apps, and Your Online Library

As an IT consultant and tech writer, I can’t believe how long it took me to try out my local library’s online catalog. Talk about making life easier! (More on that later.)  I’ve also been getting the hang of e-books and reading apps for my iPad.

I’m sure many of you are ahead of the curve here, but in this post I’d like to share with you how I have been reading more while also enjoying more ease, time, and even money.

e-Readers and Tablets: Going Digital

Much of what I read now is content on the Internet; shorter-form blogs and news articles as opposed to novels. With a wi-fi enabled Nook, Kindle, tablet, or laptop, this means one thing to me: more reading on the go or from the comfort of a cozy bed, instead of tethered to a desktop computer.

try-it-freeBeing an Amazon Prime member, I can also sample the beginning of any Kindle edition book for free, even though I don’t own a Kindle. There are free Kindle reading apps for just about any device you can name.

Free sampling from Amazon's Kindle library

Free sampling from Amazon’s Kindle library

Currently I’m sampling Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham. From what I can see it’s terrific, and when I have time for my next book, I’ll be ready to purchase it.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member and you do own a Kindle, you can borrow from their Prime Lending Library, which offers thousands of books to borrow for free, as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.

Finding Free e-Books and More

For where to find free e-books, how to save articles for later, and my tool of choice for keeping up with favorite blogs – hop on over to Frugal Mama, where I’m honored to share these tips and more.



  1. lyle @ the Joy of Simple

    09/25/2013 at 4:29 pm

    Hey Samantha and thanks for an informative post 🙂

    As much as I love reading blogs, magazines and other information age sites on the WWW, I just can’t seem to wrap my head around reading a novel through a digital e-reader. I’ve borrowed a Kindle AND a Kobo from friends and it’s just not the same as sitting in a comfy chair and holding a “true to life” book in my hands. Maybe one day i\ll get used to it.

    Thanks again and take care.


  2. Samantha

    09/26/2013 at 10:59 am

    Hi Lyle, thanks for writing in! It took me a while to come around to reading on a screen myself. I have to admit that I do enjoy the instant gratification when Amazon instantly sends an e-book right to my iPad.

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