Thursday, October 18, 2018

Borrowing ebooks

I had downloaded Libby before, but never really used it. It did not survive a previous round of app purging from my phone. However, after a mention from a friend yesterday, I downloaded it again, re-entered my (rarely used) library card number, and this time I downloaded a couple books to my Kindle: Hidden Figures and Deep Work.

I'm not entirely sure the practice of borrowing books when there's nothing being physically transferred entirely makes sense, and I'm not going to complain about being able to read full books without paying for a copy either.

There's also something to be said for having a deadline to read a book, too. I've got two weeks to read those books. They didn't have any wait or holds necessary.

This is a little like Netflix for books without the subscription fee, or even Kindle Unlimited for that matter. (I know, maybe it's tax dollars instead, and borrowing has been around long before Netflix or even the Internet. I know. It's ok. Points of reference change.)

The nice thing about borrowing a book and then returning it is I still get to keep my highlights. I'm not highlighting the whole book, of course. My highlighting is mostly normal, which tended to be more frequent anyway, and it may be a bit elevated from that.

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