La Biblioteca

Hello everyone!

Before I get into the meat and potatoes of my post I just want to thank the couple of bloggers that sent me messages checking up on me. You know who you are and I appreciate you because that is so very thoughtful. πŸ™‚

Now, I’ve come to a decision!

I’ve decided I’m going to get a library card! I know what you’re thinking, that’s not very monumental and really Nel, everyone has a library card! Guess what, I don’t. I used to have one and technically still do but it hasn’t been renewed for a long while and I’ve moved far away from the place so my laziness is like, don’t want to drive that far to pick up a book. However, a book was highly recommended to me over the weekend by a friend and it was an author I’ve never read before.

As you all are aware, my reading game is dismal. I’ve been managing one to two books a month just because of time and bodily (body snatcher) issues but this was a freebie on Kindle so I jumped at the chance and grabbed it. For once I didn’t read the description and just jumped right into reading the book. Needless to say, I was hooked and devoured that book in a day and a half. Always amazes me when I do that. So I was looking into getting the rest of the series but I stopped to think, what if I didn’t like the books? Cause you know, just because the pilot of a series is great, doesn’t mean the rest of it will be too and I’d hate to buy a digital book, hate it and then can’t return it you know?

Enter, the library. I went to look at my local library to see if they have the books. They didn’t. However, I still hit the jackpot. There is such a marvelous thing called The Ohio Digital Library. A friend of mine who is a librarian by trade actually informed me that it’s the 5th largest digital library in the country! LA county being the 1st largest if you were curious. Anyway, it basically goes through Overdrive which is a platform you can rent ebooks and audiobooks from and the collection is astounding. I found the rest of the series there but I have no access currently because of no library card. Once I get the library card, which is free btw (can’t beat free!), not only will I have access to ODL but I’ll also have access to a service called hoopla which allows you to rent movies, full music albums and more books and audiobooks with just your libary card!

My mind exploded.

So anyway, I wanted to show you a couple screenshots of what these wonderful websites look like. You may want to do some research cause you could have a similar situation at your local library. They rent out Kindle books, Kobo books and I-books so you can read them on any device and the bonus beauty is you don’t have to worry about late fees for forgetting to return them because they automatically go back when they’re due (assuming you don’t extend your borrowing time)!

Also, if you were wondering, even though you are renting for free, the authors and artists are still being paid! Libraries actually provide a good chunk of revenue along with all the other avenues. It’s a win-win-win all around I tell you! Plus, if you decide you must have your own copy, it’s as easy as going to Amazon and buying the hardcopy which is supporting the artist even more. And, one more note about libraries, you can get out of county or even out of state library cards for a yearly fee! The only downside to that though is you have to reapply in person every year.

What do you think of libraries? Does your library have something like this? Let me know in the comments below!


24 thoughts on “La Biblioteca

  1. Thank goodness for libraries! I couldn’t agree more. We have Overdrive and now they’ve included audio which is something new. Our local also transferred to a statewide consortium so we can gets books from tons of libraries all over the state. It’s crazy. I wish every county allowed for the eBook sharing, but many will ask that you pay around $60 a year which isn’t bad, but I just get what I can from the county libraries we use. I’ll always love buying books, but we’d die without the library. πŸ˜€ Great post and enjoy, Nel. ❀

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    1. The consortium part is awesome! That’s basically what Ohio has going on too I think. So great when you can get books from everywhere and not restricted! Yeah, that’s what I was told about renting out of county or out of state. I don’t think $60 a year is and though. Less than Netflix, haha. Yes! I live buying books as well but I totally understand that sentiment. Thank you! 😁

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  2. Oh wow. That is exciting and great. Definitely a win all around. My eldest recently came home saying he wants to go to the β€˜big’ library. Lol. So I may be looking into these services or similar if possible.

    Did the dermatologist help?

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    1. Oh yes! Definitely look into it! Can’t beat a free service!

      Thank you for asking! The dermatologist recommended a steroid cream and my rash went away in two days so now I only need it occasionally which is great. So I’m feeling better in that department but I’ve seemed to have developed another problem cause you know that’s just the trials of pregnancy, haha. I’ll probably go into that in a post tomorrow.

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        1. Oh you know, just pelvis bones sticking out and hurting cause they’re making room for baby. Definitely not as bad as the itchy since I’ve started going to a chiropractor. They are literal Gods man, lol. I hear you on not missing these days! Whoever said pregnancy is glamorous is a liar, lol.

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    1. Yes! And I found out today when I got a card that we have another one called Ohiolink. I can’t even handle all these avenues right now but I love it! Thank you for inspiring me to write the post today! πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  3. Yayyyy! I love the library. I read physical books from there, use Overdrive which is the whole county and yes, I also discovered Hoopla. I love it. It has books that my library does not have both audio and e-book. I also use it to get books for my grandchildren. I have so many kid’s books that I own, i do not want to buy more so this is perfect. I also love when they have used book sales. I just bought about 10 learning to read books for my grandson and about 8 cozy mysteries, so it is all good.

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    1. Oh that’s so neat that you already utilize these services! That’s also really smart. Keeps your collection manageable, lol. I love library book sales too!! They re literally the best and you pay pennies for some great condition books. 😊

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  4. Our library has a limited ebook collection, around 6000 titles but it’s a great service to have no matter the size. Will we see a review of the book and then the series? Curious to know what it was that inspired and glad you found something to hold your interest and distract you from the itch for a while!

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    1. Oh yes! I agree with you Ms. Bad and maybe your library will expand it’s ebook connection. As for the review, I did post it on Goodeads. Took me half an hour to write it cause I didn’t want to spoil anything but since you showed some interest, I think I’ll post it on here for others to read so thanks for the suggestion! 😊 And yes, I only itch a little bit now cause steroid lotion is a godsend but that book was the perfect distraction!

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  5. “access to a service called hoopla which allows you to rent movies, full music albums and more books and audiobooks with just your libary card!” and I suddenly want a library card too!! GET THAT CARD GIRL!! πŸ˜€

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  6. I’ve spent years without a library card until I rediscovered my love of reading :). The two libraries I’ve got cards to (two because I just moved and the old one from a different area is valid for 3 years) both have digital books and websites but they don’t look exciting like this one and I’ve never tried them. You’ve made me want to check them out again.
    Happy reading!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh yes! Definitely check them out! It might lead you to even more websites like Rakuten Overdrive and Clevenet I found in my area. There’s even offerings of online library cards if you’re a permenant resident of the state! Happy reading to you too and good luck!

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    1. Haha yes! I told my husband that as well when he looked at me funny for wanting a library card. Yes! I wish there was like 2 more hours in a day some days I swear.

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