Miscellaneous

How to Get Books While in Quarantine

If you’re anything like me, your local, state, or federal governments have issued shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders. While for some of us this seems to be a dream come true, it really stinks for some of us. A lot of people love to go out and do things, but right now, that’s not an option.

If you’re a bookworm, now you have to figure out how to get new books to read. There are a few ways you can do this.

Audiobooks

If you’re interested in audiobooks, you can choose one of the following:

Audible

Audible allows you to get audiobooks via credits. You pay $14.95/month for one credit for a book, but you can always buy other audiobooks, you’ll just pay per book you buy.

Scribd

If you subscribe to Scribd Premium for $9.99/month, you can find audiobooks to tide you over. They’ve got a ton and the catalog keeps changing, so you can find something to listen to.

Libby

If you have a library card, you could see if you have Libby. You can get audiobooks through your library on the Libby app, if your library has purchased the audiobooks.

eBooks

Scribd

Another thing you can use Scribd for is eBooks. Like the audiobooks, you’ll need a Scribd Premium subscription, and the catalog is always changing. However, they have a ton of books you can read.

Libby

Again, if your library uses the Libby app, you can get eBooks to read via the library even when the library is closed.

Kindle Unlimited

You can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, which lets you read books for a flat fee each month.

NetGalley

If you’re not adverse to reading books that aren’t released yet or are uncorrected proofs, you can try using NetGalley to get eBooks to read.

Apple Books/Nook

Books and Nook have the option to make purchases in the app, allowing you to take advantage of deals. They also have a small selection of books that are free.

Kindle

You can often find books for free or for really cheap for Kindle, but you’ll have to go through your browser to purchase them, as the Kindle app and Amazon apps aren’t set up to allow Kindle purchases.

I hope this list of places you can get books during this time of being stuck at home is helpful!