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Frugal Hack: Free books on Libby

Hello friends!

Events are unfolding rapidly and social distancing is recommended for all.  First, a great big THANK YOU to those that are going into battle in our hospitals and clinics on the front lines of COVID-19.

For those that are doing their part by hunkering down and looking for things to do at home, I’d like to share with you a great hack for getting audiobooks and Kindle e-books for free.  As an added bonus, getting ebooks from the comfort of our own home helps us stay away from the library and helps us socially distance even more.  

Why I Need Libby

When I was a kid, I was a bonafide library nerd.  

In middle school, I had the most accelerated reader points in the whole school… by a lot.  My family was not well off and reading was the only entertainment I had. And it was enough.  

I LOVE the smell and feel of books. I love reading and learning from other people’s adventures and imaginations.  

But, as life has moved on and technology has evolved, I have found it increasingly difficult to go to the library in person to borrow and return books.  I found myself paying late fines a lot when I couldn’t get to the library on time. 

Eventually, my use of library books petered down and I started buying ebooks and audiobooks on Amazon.  

I do appreciate audiobooks for helping me learn and keeping me entertained when I’m driving, working out, or cooking.  

All those Amazon book purchases do add up, though!

Then, I found that I could borrow e-books and audiobooks from the library, virtually, for free!

All you need is the Libby app and a library card.

How To Get Libby

The libby app is free in the App store.  Simply go to the App store on your phone and download it.

Open the Libby app.  The cute little “Libby” will ask for your Library card number.  If you don’t have a library card, she will guide you on how to get one.

After you enter your library card number, you are free to browse the selection.  You can instantly borrow an e book or audiobook if it is available. If it is not, you can put a hold on the book and the app will download it when it is available.  

You can read the book in the Libby app or in a Kindle app/device.

Once your rental period is over, the app will send you a notification and will automatically return it.  

It’s so cool!  I’ve truly been binging on great content recently.  

My recent borrows? The Intellegent Investor by Benjamin Graham (you may have noticed some Graham quotes recently!), The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, and Where the Crawdads Sing (for my bookclub).

I hope this helps the bookworms out there save some money!

Happy reading (and listening)!

Stay frugal, ya’ll!


Standard Disclaimer: Not meant as individualized financial or medical advice.            


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