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Imagefirefly
Dec 11, 2011 5:51 AM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Ric, I always read the reviews, well at least a couple. The free books have a lot of clunkers in there. I have deleted a few after 20% or so. But I have also found some really good ones.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson
ImageAnnaZ
Dec 11, 2011 6:32 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
I read the reviews for the freebies too, and have gotten burned a couple times. But, they were free, so nobody profited off of my bad choice.

If you leave the wifi on on your Kindle when reading, it's supposed to drain your battery down quicker. Lots quicker.
Imagekqcrna
Dec 11, 2011 6:33 AM CST
Name: Karen
Valencia, Pa.
Borrowing time is set by the library. After that period of time, the book is zapped back to the library. Unlike print and paper books, you can't just fail to return it on time. It's zapped away magically.

Borrowing time from my library is currently 3 weeks for paper books, 2 weeks for ebooks. After the first of the year, the time is supposed to be increased to 3 weeks for ebooks, too.

Karen
maozamom
Dec 11, 2011 8:07 AM CST
Name: Mao
Orrville, Ohio
The book is returned by wifi not magic. So no wifi means no return. The best thing is the library can still loan the ebook to someone else. Unlike a DTB it can be two places at once.

I'ma t about 50% with reading free books. I've gotten a lot pickier with what I download. Even with 1300 free books the last two days I only found two I wanted to try. There just didn't seem to be much I was interested in the latest batches.

ImageHenryr10
Dec 11, 2011 9:38 AM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Judging from the sites I checked Nook and Kindle.... no WiFi no return.....

BUT I also found a link saying some Libraries offer remote online Library Cards called an eCard.
Massachusetts has them.
You just need to be a resident of that State.
Looks like Ohio residents can get through on the Library of Ohio.
So if your local library isn't part of an eBook program..... check about that option.
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagewoofie
Dec 11, 2011 10:28 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
I was wondering if the library loaned books were kind of like some trial software that has a built-in date after which it won't work. Be interesting to see if I can still access the book tomorrow.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Imagefirefly
Dec 11, 2011 3:15 PM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
That is the way I understood it woofie, I could still access the book after the date though. Then after a couple weeks, I could still see it in the archived. I do not hook up to wifi very often, so I just delete the book when I am done and hope everything is well. No one has come knocking on my door yet. Rolling on the floor laughing

The library site that our library links you to, gives you a one week or two week option for the book.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagewoofie
Dec 11, 2011 3:43 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
We have the option of either 2 weeks or 3 weeks; I've just been distracted lately, and time got away from me on the one book. But this will be an interesting test!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Imagewoofie
Dec 12, 2011 10:44 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Well, well, well, lookee that. Still got those library books on my Kindle this morning. Smiling Isn't that a nice thing to know. Big Grin Thanks guys! Now I know just to keep the wifi off if I'm not quite finished!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
ImageAnnaZ
Dec 12, 2011 6:44 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Can't steal something from you if'n you keep the door shut and locked. Big Grin (wi-fi off)
ImageHenryr10
Dec 12, 2011 7:14 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Well 'technically' that makes you like the neighbor who
borrows your hammer and never gives it back but..... lol!
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
maozamom
Dec 12, 2011 7:29 PM CST
Name: Mao
Orrville, Ohio
No, the lovely thing about her keeping it makes it exist in two places at once. So she's using the hammer while you have it too.
Imagewoofie
Dec 12, 2011 10:34 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Hmmm, how many nails can you drive with a virtual hammer? Big Grin
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
ImageHenryr10
Dec 13, 2011 5:07 AM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Virtually none....... ;-)
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagefirefly
Dec 13, 2011 5:47 AM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagekqcrna
Dec 13, 2011 6:41 AM CST
Name: Karen
Valencia, Pa.
woofie wrote:Hmmm, how many nails can you drive with a virtual hammer? Big Grin


Keeping the wifi off isn't a viable option for me since I read my library books on my iPad. But when Santa brings my husband's Nook, I'll certainly pass on the tip. That wouldn't have occurred to me since I don't have an actual ereader.

Karen
JoAnn
Dec 13, 2011 7:54 AM CST
Name: Jo-Ann
Zone 9, New Orleans, LA
I', so glad I found this thread!! I have an ipad & use it with kindle, ibooks, & overdrive. I use whatever application the book comes in. Thanks to this thread, I found manybooks & download them to read in ibooks.

Thanks so much for all the helpful advice.
Imagewoofie
Dec 13, 2011 9:27 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Hi, JoAnn! Yup, and there are quite a few good freebies out there. I had thought about getting an ipad for that very reason, but they weigh quite a bit more and that's a real issue for me.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Imagefirefly
Dec 13, 2011 4:46 PM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
I agree. The kindle is light and so easy to use. Easy on the eyeballs too.

DH wanted me to read a book the other day and it was a real book. I told him "you want me to read a book...manually????" What was that man thinking???
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagewoofie
Dec 13, 2011 6:07 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Hilarious! "manually"! I love it!

Seriously, tho, the weight consideration was a big factor in my deciding to get a Kindle. My hands are so painful that holding up a large, hardbound book is just about out of the question any more.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

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