Are you still buying magazines and books? Not me! I download free magazines and books at home for free! How, you ask? I’m a member of my local library system. They have so many amazing resources accessible from home for free. All you need is an e-reader (iPad, Kindle, Nook, Computer), two free apps, and a library card.


Once you have an e-reader, the RBDigital app, and a library card you can access over 150 of the most popular magazines. I can browse magazines designed for children, teens, women, men, techies, crafters, and much more. If you download a magazine, you will always have access to it. There is no waitlist to borrow a magazine and you don’t have to worry about returning it. Are you interested in learning more about borrowing electronic versions of today’s magazines from home? Check out the Charleston County Library’s (or your own local library) site, CCPL, for more information.

Book SamplesWhat about books, you ask?  It is just as simple.  You will need an e-reader, the OverDrive app, and a library card. You can search for books you have been wanting to read, browse the list of popular downloads for ideas, or only browse the books available for immediate download.  Books are a little different than magazines, however.  You may have to wait for someone to return the book before you download it and you have a limited amount of time (approximately 14 days) to read it.  You can always borrow it multiple times though.  No worries about late fees, you don’t have to remember to return it.  The app does it for you. Are you ready to give reading electronic books a try?  Check out the Charleston County Library’s (or your own local library) site, CCPL, for more information.

Of course, not every magazine or book will be available.  You may still need to borrow from a friend or purchase.  However, if you enjoy reading, but would like to spend less money, this is ideal.  You don’t have to leave your favorite reading chair to browse what is available and borrow.  Check with your local library to get started.

Do you have other ways to borrow magazines and books?  Share them with us below in the comments section.  I’m always looking for new ways and would love to hear from you.

Angela Culley

Owner & Tutor at Math Ninja, LLC
As the founder of Math Ninja, Angela provides online and in person math tutoring for all ages including those studying for the GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, PPST, and other math specific subject assessments. Prior to launching her business, Angela coached K-12 educators on effective teaching strategies, curriculum writing, and assessment development.As a classroom teacher, she taught math to students ranging from grade 5 - 12. She has also taught both undergraduate and graduate math courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and Mountain State University.
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Are You Purchasing Magazines & Books That Others are Reading for Free?
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2 thoughts on “Are You Purchasing Magazines & Books That Others are Reading for Free?

  • February 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Chris! Thanks for stopping by!It is great how much money it saves.

  • February 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    This is exactly how I get my e-books! Though I’ve never understood how Overdrive works. I just head to my library’s website and request the ebook for Kindle. (I have 5 different library cards and I juggle them and my accounts so that I don’t have to wait too long for books.) 😉 This has saved me a ton of money – or I’d be buying a copy at almost $9-$10 each! Seeing that I read 102 books last year… that is a lot of dough!

    (Found you off the SITS fb group’s Thurs post – hi!)

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