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10/05/2017
 
Posted By: Akshay Vazirani

It wasn't even a decade ago that we carried around novels, textbooks, and other chunky pieces of literature to provide us with entertainment during commutes or in waiting rooms. With the end of each adventure, we closed the cover and passed it on to a friend, coworker, or family member to embark upon the same great read.


With the invention of Kindles, Nooks, and other eReaders, the landscape of reading and boring books has evolved. We are all aware of their pros: portability, accessibility, and also their biggest con: PRICE. With the introduction of the eBook, we lost the ability to borrow, share, and lend books as was previously done for generations. But, it was only a matter of time before technology caught up the consumer's desires, and the libraries of the world caught up to the new technology.


With the introduction of eBook services such as Overdrive, who works with Public Libraries, and eBookFling, who lets individuals share and borrow their personal collections, eReading is finally coming up to speed with the natural way reading has been forever.


We are going to break down three popular services to rent and/or share books, and provide you with all the features, and pros and cons.


Who are the service providers?


Overdrive

What you need to get started:

1. A valid local library ID

2. An eReader or;

a. Any device that you can download the Kindle app on (iPod, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone or Tablet, etc.)


Functions

Overdrive is the number one supplier of eBooks for loan for Public Libraries worldwide. You can access Overdrive through any web browser to find your local library. Once you pull up your library's specific page, you can input your ID number in order to rent from their collection of eBooks. Once your rental has been selected, your book will download directly to you Kindle, Kindle app or other eReader by accessing your eReader account information.


Features

  • Currently hosts more than 1 million digital titles from more than 1,000 digital publishers
  • Digital distribution services used in more than 19,000 libraries, schools, and colleges worldwide

Availability

  • Support for iPod®, iPhone®, iPad™, Android™, Sony® Reader, Kindle® (US libraries only), and thousands of other mobile devices
  • Largest collection of premium audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video for the library – all available on a single website for browsing, checking out, and downloading.

ebookfling

What you need to get started:

1. An ebookfling account (free to sign up)

2. An eReader or;

a. Any device that you can download the Kindle app on (iPod, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone or Tablet, etc.)


Functions

eBook fling is a book sharing program that allows users to lend their eBooks, and borrow from other lenders throughout America. For each book lent, the user receives a credit to borrow any book of their choice. When a book is delivered, you'll receive an email indicating this, with a link to right to the download page at Amazon or at Barnes & Noble for your reading device.


Features

  • 14-day lending
  • 100% safe with books automatically returned within 14 days
  • Tens of thousands of books available
  • Earn a free rental by lending one of your eBooks
  • Pay anywhere from $1.49 (for bulk orders) to $2.99 for rental credits
Availability

  • Works with Kindle and Nook eReaders
  • An owner of a book can only lend it one at a time

Not only do these options open the pages of many great adventures right on your eReader, but they also bring back the thrifty tradition of passing on a great read. Overdrive and eBook fling are cost effective, have thousands of great reads, and are convenient.

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