Get giveaway e-books from internal libraries

September 3, 2016 - Kindle Unlimited

Before we buy a Kindle book from Amazon, check to see if a giveaway e-book is accessible from internal libraries. (FILE PHOTO)

This is an instance of how we checkout an e-book. (KELLY TYKO/ TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)

Local libraries have been flourishing their e-book collection for several years. (FILE PHOTO)

By Kelly Tyko of TCPalm

When was a final time we visited a internal library?

Was it final month, final year or even final decade?

Except for voting in elections, village events and selling used book sales, my visits to a library have dwindled over a years.

Two months ago, we schooled about a advantage all of a internal open libraries offer, giveaway electronic books or e-books.

Instead of selling for Kindle books on, we mostly can entrance a same books for giveaway with your reliable library card.


According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 73 percent of American adults pronounced they have a review a book within a past year in any format, with 28 percent observant they review e-books.

“It has been unequivocally renouned and augmenting in popularity,” pronounced Jennifer Salas, library executive for a Martin County Library System. “Each month we see a stats going up.”

For a 2015 mercantile year, Martin had 56,622 digital checkouts and for a 2016 mercantile year finale in September, Salas projects a complement will have 81,742 digital checkouts, that includes 55,595 e-books and 26,147 audiobooks.

Susan Jacob, St. Lucie County’s library manager, has seen identical growth.

“We’re on lane this year to have over 80,000 electronic book checkouts and we’re anticipating to grow that,” Jacob said.

Indian River County Library Services Director Mary Snyder pronounced any month around 5,000 e-books and electronic audio books are checked out.

“We’re flourishing as many as we can,” Synder said. “(E-books) are unequivocally costly though we try to supplement books each month, like a best sellers.”


I was astounded to learn how many e-books cost libraries. Like 34,000 libraries and schools nationwide, Treasure Coast libraries work with digital calm provider OverDrive.

While a best-selling book “The Fireman: A Novel” by Joe Hill costs $14.99 for a Kindle chronicle on, Synder pronounced her library complement paid $102 for a e-book.

“People consider e-books are only going to a Internet and total users can use one duplicate though it’s unequivocally only an electronic chronicle of a imitation book,” Jacob said. “It’s one book, one reader..”

This can lead to prolonged waits to checkout a renouned book.

For instance, a Martin County Library System has one duplicate of a e-book, “The Girl on a Train,” by Paula Hawkins that is a No. 1 seller on The New York Times Best Sellers list, though there were 71 binds for a book in front of me.

In Indian River, 12 people were watchful for a dual copies of a book and in St. Lucie, 18 people were watchful for a 4 copies.

“What we try to do with a imitation books within budgetary restraints, each 6 binds for imitation books we try to buy a copy,” Jacob said. “With electronic books what we have found is people review faster though they are some-more costly so we try for each 10 binds to try to buy another copy.”

The libraries knowledge prolonged waits with imitation books too generally a new best sellers.

“If we don’t mind waiting, it’s a approach to go and it’s a bargain,” Snyder said.


After we check out an e-book, we can download it to your computer, e-reader such as Kindle or Nook or smartphone.

The 3 library systems can assistance we can figure out how to download your e-books and audiobooks. Call to make an appointment for a one-on-one session.

Usually we get dual weeks per digital checkout and unless we replenish a book or audiobook it will automatically disappear.

“One of a good things for us is (an e-book) doesn’t get shop-worn so we get to reason on to that calm as against to a imitation book where if someone doesn’t lapse it to us we have to go out and squeeze another copy,” Salas said.

And only since e-books have grown in popularity, it doesn’t meant that imitation is dying.

“People suspicion e-books were going to hit out imitation books totally and that hasn’t been a case,” Jacob said, observant 650,000 books, DVDs and other equipment have been checked out this year. “What’s happened is we have a whole other use that we’re charity to people now.”


Library cards: All residents can get a giveaway library label in their home county though we also can get nonresident cards to take advantage of additional benefits. St. Lucie County offers nonresidents library cards for $15 a year. In Martin County, nonresidents can get a library label for $20 for 3 months, $30 for 6 months or $50 a year. In Indian River, cards for nonresidents are $20 for 6 months or $30 per year.

Free magazines: The Martin County Library System has Flipster, a digital repository app that provides present entrance to a many renouned magazines. With Flipster, name your favorite digital magazines from a Flipster newsstand and start reading.

Free music: The St. Lucie County Library System offers entrance to millions of songs from over 28,000 labels with giveaway song use Freegal. Once we download a music, it’s yours to keep.

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