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1/6/18 7:59 A

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That is a bummer that the library dropped overdrive; over drive is the only reason I'll check out e-books. I just can't read that long on a computer or tablet screen.

You can always try the unlimited for free. I tried it but I didn't like that I couldn't keep the books (it didn't help that most of the books I was looking at the time were free and/or inexpensive to own, and the authors I wanted to read who were full price were not.... that may be different now as I think the selection may be broader).

I have a long list of books that I haven't read yet... and yet while I'm pickier now about what books I'll acquire than I was when I first got my kindle (when I got a ton of books for free or very cheap by authors I knew nothing about but the books sounded potentially intriguing) I still get new ones. The only real upside to that (other than knowing I'm set for the next snowpocolypse) is that I'm no longer doing this with physical books. Since our shelf space is fniite, it means we won't be buried some day in books.

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1/4/18 6:32 P

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One of my libraries recently dumped Overdrive in favor of CloudLibrary, an app on a tablet. I don't like CloudLibrary very much at all, find that reading in a tablet app is harsher on my eyesight. I put up with it on a Kindle Fire with Audible companion for "immersion reading" (audio follows along with highlighted text) but I very much prefer my Kindle Voyage device.

I am being more tempted to sign up with Kindle Unlimited as there are some authors that participate I'd like to read. I like Jeff Wheeler's books and have been getting them from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library or buying them when they go on sale for $2 each, not the ideal solution. I don't know if I would get the money's worth from KU as I already have hundreds of books in my TBR pile. I should focus on catching up and not on finding new and noteworthy authors...

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1/4/18 2:56 P

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I also like to use Overdrive through both my local library and my mother's. The only downside to the last is that we have to sort through each other's checkouts.

That doesn't mean I don't love physical books still--but ereading is the best for travel, which I've been doing more lately.

It also helps that I don't mind jumping between books/series, so if something is on hold, I can find another reading option.

I mostly read on my iPad Air (either through Overdrive or the Kindle app), and my Prime membership gives a decent amount of free reading options when the library doesn't have anything that grabs my attention.

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10/10/17 3:22 P

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The wait list for libraries is the biggest reason I don't rely more on libraries... I like to read books on my time table, and by the time books become available I want to read something else more often than not. But that said, I love getting kindle books from the library--no going in, no needing to figure out how to get back in time to return books, etc.

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10/10/17 1:57 P

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I use Overdrive at 4 libraries currently, I pay to access Brooklyn and Philadelphia's collections. Philly and my local library have Hoopla but I use that to get audio books, I have never used it for Kindle books and I'm unfamiliar with how that would work. I have a Kindle Voyage and a Fire tablet but I (much) prefer reading on the Voyage, which works like a regular Kindle without the tablet app feature. I am aware I could install the Hoopla app on my Fire tablet and read through that (I think) but I haven't done it yet.

With the prices of e-books being so high, and my refusal to pay more than $5 for an e-book, I rely on price drop notifications but mainly on libraries. The wait list is annoying with Overdrive, that is why I have 4 libraries. I am currently in line for an Agatha Christie novel and I've been in line forever it seems like, far longer than it should be for the place in line that I am. By the time the book comes in I will be no longer interested in reading it.

Was in line for Red Rising by Pierce Brown when I started Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, which is a 1200 pager. Sure enough, as soon as I started the Stephenson book the e-book hold on the other came in. It is a good thing I have 3 weeks on the checkout, I just started Red Rising last evening and should have it done in plenty of time.

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9/22/17 1:50 P

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I get frustrated when kindle (or other ebooks) are the same prices as print. I do recognize that with digital books you are still paying for the author's work, the editing, the formatting, etc., but digital storage is so much less expensive than having to pay for the materials to make a book and then the warehouses to store them.

I don't use overdrive much and I am not familiar with the other service at all. I do however subscribe to a number of internet services that email me info about discounted ebooks (BookBub, Freebooksy, etc.) and that helps me find the ebooks that are currently on deep discounts--usually older books or books by new authors as promotions, but I have found some good books that way.

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9/21/17 9:33 A

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Ebook prices are just ridiculous!!! They are digital for crying out loud, once they are formatted what costs are there?

Anyway does anyone use Overdrive and Hoopla through your local library? Overdrive is a pain, because you can go on a wait list for popular titles. Hoopla, you do not go on a wait list and they are always refreshing their catalog.

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