When libraries closed we, as a homeschool family, had a slight bit of panic. We wouldn’t be able to get new books! How were we supposed to learn about new interests without going to the library and getting as many books as possible on that subject? So where to find books online now with the library closed?
Where to Find Books Online With Libraries Closed
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There are so many options for free or inexpensive books online and this doesn’t only include classic novels. My kids love getting to read ebooks, they can devour books, return them, and pick something new to read immediately.
Where to Find Online Books
Libby is a FREE app that lets you access ebooks and audiobooks using your library card. You borrow a digital copy much like you borrow a print copy at the library. We loved using it at our last library.
OverDrive is connected to the Libby app (above) and also used in conjunction with your library card and more libraries seem to have access to it.
Where to Find Books on Amazon
Amazon Audible boasts the “world’s largest library of audiobooks” so you are sure to find something for everyone!
Their monthly membership fee includes a free audiobook of your choice and 2 audible originals each month. In addition, members often receive discounted audiobook pricing.
There is usually an offer for a free or discounted trial period, so check out their current deal. The regular membership price is $14.95 a month.
Kindle Unlimited is my new personal favorite. Your monthly membership includes access to over a million ebooks and thousands of audiobooks!
You can read on your Kindle device or any phone or tablet using the Kindle app. We use the app on all our devices.
Epic includes a HUGE digital library for kids 12 & under. You’ll find fiction, biographies, graphic novels, and more! Your membership access includes learning videos as well.
Hoopla is another app that works in conjunction with your local library card if your library offers the service. You can download books, audiobooks, music, and even movies! You need an internet connection to read the books you borrow.
Learning Ally is well suited for your family if you have a child who is dyslexic, blind, or visually impaired, then you can access this library of audiobooks for free. Your school system should be able to help with the paperwork and the process of gaining a free membership.
Scribd offers access to their library of books, audiobooks, and magazines for just $8.99 a month.
You can sign up and try it free for 30 days right now and check out all they have to offer.
I hope that you are able to find the books you are looking for during this time, and who knows you might just prefer to read ebooks to paper books after you get used to it. Ebooks are a lot faster to access that is for sure.