I’m currently part of a program that has me working through about 15 books in the next six months. We have a killer library just down the road from us, and as a homeschool family, we patron the county funded resource as much as possible. When I’m there, I usually help the kids log on to play Minecraft, tell the kids to be quieter, and snag books I want to get a quick glance through or something that catches my eye to see if it’s worth diving in to.
Whenever possible though, I like to have the physical copy as my own so I can place it on the bookshelf when I finish it, as a badge of honor. Also, so I can mark it up without being a vandal. I may or may not by the physical copy of audiobooks, or books on the Kindle, I like simply to have it on my bookshelf.1)Having a nice bookshelf if definitely self serving and vain, but it’s also been a great conversation starter, resource when I want to look back into something I’ve read, and a well of delicious knowledge water I can lend out to other people…which I rarely do because books never make there way back home With this reading program, I’ve snagged a few used copies off eBay and a couple others off Amazon, but adding a over a dozen books in just a couple weeks gets pricey. I was going to either need to save my allowance or find a better way…
What is Overdrive?
Years ago a buddy of mine gave me a great little tip on an app called Overdrive. I remember downloading it and sifting through some of the content, but it didn’t become a staple in my reading and watching regiment. I can only guess because I didn’t dive in deep enough to realized its potential, but I also have a feeling the interface and user experience has improved quite a bit since then as well. Overdrive came up in a conversation about how much books and movies cost and how I refuse to pirate them.2)Most of the time
In spirit of trying something new, I hit the app store and downloaded. Overdrive is a remarkably vast and current database of free eBooks, audiobooks, and videos. The only thing you need to tap into the vault is a membership to the local library. Search for your library by name or location and enter your library card credentials. Once logged in, it was easy search and either checkout or place “holds” on almost anything I could thing of. It works just like a library on your phone, tablet, or computer. Very user friendly and definitely, definitely, check it out yourself.
Today, Day 3 into doing some “thing” towards providing a boost to my business and family life, I tapped into a free resource that honestly seems nearly limitless when it comes to books and media.
Here’s what I checked out:
- Sell or Be Sold by Grant Cardone (eBook)
- 1984 by George Orwell (audiobook) – on the waitlist
- Artemis by Andy Weir (ebook) – waitlist
- Hamilton Soundtrack (audio)
- The Mysterious Benedict Society (ebook) – waitlist
- And like 15 Star Wars audio and ebooks for the boys
I fully plan on screwing with the app a little more this week and tossing 50% of the books I have in my Amazon wish list into the Overdrive queue. I still really like to have and own the physical books, but I have a feeling this is going to a resource I’ll be using quite often.
Day 3 Task, 3 January 2018: Try Overdrive, get free books
Here’s a link to Overdrive
Hoopla, another app that works just like Overdrive
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|1.||↑||Having a nice bookshelf if definitely self serving and vain, but it’s also been a great conversation starter, resource when I want to look back into something I’ve read, and a well of delicious knowledge water I can lend out to other people…which I rarely do because books never make there way back home|
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