Three Reasons Why I Finally Switched To an eReader

I'm not going to lie: I didn't make the switch to an eReader gracefully. I held onto my paperbacks with a hostility that would scare even the toughest librarian. I'm officially a convert, but not for the reasons you may expect.

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It turns out my frugality and my eReader are a match.

Here are three ways your eReader can save you some serious cash:

1. Chapter previews: It used to be that when you were looking for a new book, you would drive to the bookstore, ask for a recommendation and then read a chapter or two in a darkened corner hoping no one would catch you. Now, most eReader stores allow you to download the first chapter or two for free. If you don't like the book, you don't have to buy it.

2. Lending programs: Most libraries loan out eBooks (here's how to find which libraries nearby lend eBooks), so be sure to ask what platforms your local library supports and start downloading. One thing to keep in mind: just like regular library lending, you only get to loan the book for a set amount of time and then your book will expire. In addition, many of the eReader bookstores will now allow you to connect with friends who have the same device and allow you to lend books to one another.

3. Public domain books: Did you know that you can download books that are in the public domain for free from the Kindle and Nook stores (Nook's dedicated eReader storefront is connected directly to Google Books)? Believe me, there are some great books in the public domain. Treasure Island, A Tale of Two Cities, The Invisible Man and Little Women - just to name a few.

What other ways has your eReader saved you money?

(Images: kodomut via Flickr's Creative Commons and Elizabeth Giorgi)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.

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