Of course, your local library is an excellent resource for free books. Sometimes though, the library isn’t always the best option. Exuberant children can damage books, return deadlines can be forgotten, and busy schedules can make getting to the library a challenge.
If that is the case for your family, you’ll need to find another way to save money on books. With the rise of digital technology, e-books have increasingly become a cheaper alternative to new books. If you hadn’t considered e-books yet, here are a few reasons why you might want to:
- Cost – Buying an eBook will almost always be less expensive than purchasing the physical copy. Even better, you can find many children’s books that have become part of the public domain, making them free to download, including The Ugly Duckling and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
- Easy to use – Once you’ve identified a few sites to use, downloading an eBook is as simple as conducting a basic search and then clicking on the title of your choice. While both Barnes & Noble and Amazon have free sections for children’s e-books, Project Gutenberg is also an excellent source for free e-books, with more than 46,000 titles available.
- Space – Physical books can occupy valuable space, particularly while traveling. By using e-books instead of hard copies, you can not only save room in your child’s bag for an extra set of clothes, but also make sure that it remains small enough to carry on the plane.
Both physical books and e-books have their benefits and, luckily, you don’t have to limit your family to one or the other. The important thing is that you’re helping your children establish a lifelong love for reading by making books readily available to them.
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