Downloading, borrowing eBooks for free

March 15, 2011 9:13:07 PM PDT
Saving with 6abc has found a way you can borrow eBooks, not just from the library, but also from strangers.

We all know we can read for free by checking out books from the Free Library, right?

What you may not know is through the free library, you can also download eBooks for free for your NOOK, iPad and more.

All you need is a free library card.

"Because of the importance and significant of the interest in download, we're also going to add downloadable music from the Sony catalog," Free Library President Siobhan Reardon said.

You can get a Free Library of Philadelphia card at no cost if you live, work or go to school in Philadelphia or if you're a resident of Pennsylvania or if you're a veteran, senior citizen, or member of the active military anywhere in the world.

And if you don't fall into any of those categories, you can still be a member of the library. It's $35 a year and you'll have all the same downloading privileges. All members can borrow eBooks for one to three weeks.

Many people all around the world are signing up.

"Countries in Europe, Germany, Italy, France, England, Ireland, as far away as China, New Zealand, Singapore," Reardon said.

While you can't use the Free Library to download books for your Kindle, we have found other ways to do that. and Project Gutenberg have tens of thousands of public domain titles available for free download.

And lets you swap e-Books!

Here's how it works: when someone requests your book, you earn a credit. That credit is good for you to borrow someone else's book. And it's all free! You can also buy credits and read at a deep discount.

And the borrower doesn't need a Kindle to read the book. They can read it on their computer, iPad, or smartphone.

To lend a book, go to "Manage Your Kindle" or the book's product detail page on and enter the borrower's name and email address. Borrowers have to accept the book loan within 7 days or the request will be cancelled.

Barnes and Noble has a similar lending system for NOOK users.

Free Library of Philadelphia Electronic Resources
Free Library of Philadelphia Free Texts
Project Gutenberg
Barnes and Noble NOOK