Book Review

Bookish Resources

Another day with me, hope ya’ll don’t mind! Today I want to talk about what Book resources there are, especially if you may not have a library to go to.

I love libraries and I intend on doing a nice post about them at some point but this prompt isn’t meant to exclude anyone, so let’s all share our ideas on what to do if there’s not a local library available!

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

There are of course conventional routes, do you have a fellow reading friend nearby or at least one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to send post to? If you do you may want to consider borrowing or swapping books, pooling together a selection of books means helping yourself and a friend out if possible!

If possible there’s also a chance of maybe starting your own neighborhood library, stick books you’re tired of in a location that’s okay to have a little library and maybe others will do the same, and voila you’ve made your own library! But! That’s not always a realistic option.

I also know there are mobile library services that are independent and run to rural parts of countries, quite a few countries have them, look at the link about one of them below to get more information!

I tend to really use Amazon’s free e-books, now, I know there are issues with Kindle locations that restrict others from having the multitude of free eBooks that US Kindle readers do. So I’m providing some other options below:

[Sidenote: You CAN change your Kindle’s location, I keep mine set in the US though I live in the UK and I have access to the US Kindle selections instead of the UK. So that might be an option for some!]

Mobile Libraries

Now I’ve linked an article over some great mobile libraries in India, mostly because for those who live in the UK here, our more rural areas do have mobile libraries and that information is right there on our library sites as they’re connected to the libraries whereas these are different as they’re mostly just amazing people doing amazing things to bring books to readers.

World Library

A pretty damn cool online library, now if you do have a library card you can use it if your institution is linked to it and it’s free, but you can pay $8.95 a year and use it on your own, which is great if you have the 8.95 to pay for it but don’t have a library near you. It’s a great international site and the moment my library card from the States expires I’ll be switching to it and giving you all more information. I am not sure what languages are available so I’ll look into that more!

That’s another thing though, feel free to look into Overdrive/Libby and not just World Library if you have access to them!

Open Library

This one is completely free, it has mostly older things (ones where the copyright has run out) but it does have newer stuff too, and again, completely free! I’ve just signed up for this and someone who loves classic Sci-fi I’m in heaven but I don’t know that I would recommend it to someone who wants the newest reads. It also offers kid books, and I mean some of them are from this century as I don’t think Kermit was around in Victorian children’s books. [Books are in English from what it appears]


This is another one where it’s things that have run out on copyright but you get direct (and legal) downloads. These books are of course available to buy at bookstores but for those who don’t mind or prefer eBooks, they’re free, the copyright has run out. This one also offers audiobooks and multiple languages, and it lets you know about how many books it has for the various languages offered, check it out:

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Tomorrow’s prompt is more about book lending and book swapping tomorrow, we can weigh the pros and cons together and I’d love to hear what you all prefer out of the two.

But more than that, I’d love to hear what you have to say about what resources are available to you or what ones you’d like to be available.

I’d love to do more to help out about this someday so I hope some of my links prove somewhat useful and I can’t wait to read your posts as well!


By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

4 replies on “Bookish Resources”

I love the idea of a bookswap little library in my town. We have them in some train stations and I’ve brought most of my finished books there. Thanks for all the options!

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I love that Amazon has so many free ebooks so readily avaliable! I love to snap up some of their good deals like that. I also want to finally join a library this year so I can read more books while traveling around ^.^ Yay for sharing resources!

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