Reading is one of the most affordable forms of entertainment available. You can check out books from the library, borrow books from friends, and even buy used books. There are those who would have you believe the digital age has changed all of this. They say thanks to eBooks, you have to spend a lot of money on a digital reader and eBooks in order to have the kind of entertainment you could have afforded simply by getting your hands on a paper book. In fact, purchasing the reader may be expensive, but with all the other uses for it and the inexpensive ways in which you can obtain books, it can be very reasonable in the long run. To make it more affordable, you can use your smartphone as a digital reader, download eBooks for free and even check books out from the library. These make reading books, even eBooks, still an affordable method of entertainment.
Using Your Smartphone as a Digital Reader
Most everyone already has a smartphone, so using your smartphone as a digital reader is not going to cost you any extra. You will only need to download the apps to help you read eBooks from your cell phone. These apps are generally free to download and free to use. They do not take up a lot of space on your phone, so you will not have to worry about the reader making it impossible for you to do all the other things you want to do with your phone. Best of all, you always have your cell phone with you, so you can start reading an eBook no matter where you are.
Download eBooks for Free
Just about all of the eBook resellers online allow you to download eBooks for free. Keep in mind, when you download free books, you will normally only have titles available from new authors or classic books. This is great if you are looking to read through the works of classic authors like Dickens, but not so great if you are looking to read the latest top seller. Many view this as a great opportunity to discover new writers. If you like the book, you will feel great you got it for free. If you do not like it, you will feel good you got it for free.
Check Out and Share Books
The biggest way in which you can save money on eBooks is the same way you have been saving money on getting books. This is by checking them out through the library. Libraries have started offering programs in which you can check out eBooks the same way you can share them with friends. According to The Wall Street Journal, this is a very popular way to grab some of the latest books without having to purchase them. You will just need to read it in time or it will instantly go back to the library and you will have to go through the process of checking it out again.