Sometimes there just isn’t enough money in the piggy bank to scratch the itch of getting a fresh new book, unbroken spine, no dog ears, free of pizza grease, and coffee stains.
The library helps momentarily, lending a new story without the dent in your pocket. But leaving the house to return books can dampen the experience, having not finished the stack of books you assured yourself you only needed the two-week allotment for.
In these times of need, there are other ways to get books than by using a plastic card. That’s when our best friend, the internet, steps in and picks up the weary bookless reader.
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This website means no more excuses for not having read the classics. That means you, Lena Dunham, who has never read The Great Gatsby. With categories like “Top 5 Authors” and “Top 5 Books”, ReadPrint makes it easier to pick stories when there are just so many great pieces of literature.
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2. Open Culture
This one is great for the reader that needs to multitask all through the day. With tons of audiobooks available for free, you can speed through books easily while still maintaining work around your office or in school.
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So we are still kind of dependent on libraries. However, this method doesn’t require you to leave the house and charges no late fees. You can check out a book at all hours of the night, so you can maintain your mostly-nocturnal lifestyle.
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You’re already posting and sharing your status on books you’re reading. You can cut out the middleman and make the site work for you. Goodreads offers some ebooks for free to read. This can be especially helpful in English classes where you might need a copy of Romeo and Juliet. This social networking site is awesome because you can also add friends, see and comment on what they are reading, want to read, or have already read.
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5. Many Books
It’s true. This site has many books. And they have many MANY options, such as genres like “Pirate Books” or “Espionage.” Those are genres you just can’t find in the library’s Dewey Decimal System.
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We get it. Even if a book is free, it doesn’t mean it will be read. That being said, audiobooks make the slow paced and girthy books easier to digest while still letting you finish a story. LibriVox offers this service for books like War and Peace, a notoriously difficult book to finish story. You can also join their community of voluntary book readers and have your voice attached to your favorite stories.
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7. Open Library
The drive for this site is to connect the reader as closely as it can with the document they are looking for. Thousands of documents and links are available from their archives. You can even get recipes on this site if you are craving more than stories.
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Believe it or not, you can now search through audiobooks on Spotify. You can switch between jamming with your pals to finishing your assignment on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. And if you don’t want all the annoying ads, they offer a student discount on premium!
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