free books http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8952/all en-US 6 Ways to Read Comic Books for Free (or Almost Free) http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-read-comic-books-for-free-or-almost-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-read-comic-books-for-free-or-almost-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/comics.jpg" alt="Comic books" title="Comic books" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was a big X-Men fan in middle and high school, and for several years, I made my monthly trek to the comic book store to buy all of the new titles in the X-Men universe. And oh, there were a lot of them: <em>Uncanny X-Men</em>, <em>X-Men</em>, <em>X-Force</em>, <em>X-Factor</em>, <em>Excalibur</em>, <em>Cable</em>, <em>Wolverine</em>...plus miniseries following characters like Gambit, Domino, and Rouge.</p> <p>As I grew older, I stopped reading X-Men; the story lines weren't really grabbing me anymore, but moreover, keeping up with several comic books each month was becoming a rather pricey hobby.</p> <p>Like most things, comics have only gotten more expensive over time &mdash; until recently, the two major comics publishers, Marvel and DC, were both selling individual issues for $3.99. In late 2010, both publishers wised up to the fact that the high cover prices were hurting them, and announced that they would&nbsp;<a href="http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/10/07/marvel-and-dc-299-399/">change prices on most titles to $2.99</a>.</p> <p>Still, $2.99 is too expensive to make me resume monthly comic shop trips. I did, however, start reading comics again in the last few years. One of my friends had recommended Joss Whedon's run writing <em>Astonishing X-Men.</em> I picked up the trade paperbacks on sale at a store that was going out of business, and I was impressed by the sharp, funny take on characters I had loved as a kid, written for a more mature audience. That's when I realized that not only do I still really enjoy reading comic books, but there are plenty of ways to do so that are much cheaper than making those monthly comic-shop pilgrimages.(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-free-books-on-any-smartphone">5 Ways to Read Free Books on Any Smartphone</a>)</p> <p>I've detailed a few methods for enjoying free or reduced-price comic books below. One note I will make about most of these methods, however, is that you need to be OK with not be completely up-to-date on story lines. If you can wait until issues are republished as trade paperbacks or are interested in catching up on older titles, though, these ways to read comic books for free will work well for you.</p> <h3>1. Visit the Library</h3> <p>You might be surprised by how many comic books your local library carries. Here in Philadelphia, the Free Library has several graphic novels in its catalog, from classic superhero tales like Alan Moore's <em>Watchmen</em> and the X-Men <em>Dark Phoenix Saga</em> to true-life tales like <em>Maus</em> and <em>The Complete Persepolis</em> to relatively recent titles and collections like <em>Runaways</em>, <em>Scott Pilgrim</em>, and <em>Batman: Year 100</em>.</p> <h3>2. Use Your Computer or Mobile Device</h3> <p>There are so many ways to read comic books for free or cheaply in the digital realm:</p> <ul> <li>Visit your favorite publisher's website. <a href="http://marvel.com/digital_comics/">Marvel</a> has its own digital section, and several publishers including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dccomics.com">DC</a> and <a href="http://www.imagecomics.com/onlinecomics.php">Image</a>&nbsp;offer digital comics through <a href="http://www.comixology.com/">Comixology</a>. Some are free, while others are available for slightly lower than the price of the paper comic.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Read independent comics. Several independent comic artists and writers publish their work online for free, ranging from newspaper-style comic strips to ever-growing sci-fi tales. <a href="http://www.thewebcomiclist.com/">The Webcomic List</a> has listings for &quot;over 17,500 online comics&quot; and lets you browse by genre.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I haven't used it myself, but e-book site <a href="http://www.wowio.com/">WOWIO</a> offers some free comic books for download, as well as a program where their &quot;sponsors hope to earn your business by covering the cost of your books.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The multi-platform comic-book reader&nbsp;<a href="http://graphic.ly/">Graphic.ly</a> offers some free comics on its site.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>3. Trade in Old Comics</h3> <p>Many comic book shops will accept trade paperbacks or graphic novels that you've already read in exchange for store credit. Note that this doesn't really work for individual issues; unless you have remarkably old or notable comics, it's unlikely that your local comic shop will take them &mdash; another reason for you to not buy by-the-issue in the first place.</p> <h3>4. Buy Trades on Sale</h3> <p>The same comic book shops that will buy your used trades also sell them (who would've thought?) for less than the cover price. If you absolutely must get your trades and graphic novels new, keep an eye out for sales at comic book shops, or search for your desired comics on a site like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-amazon">Amazon</a>, which often sells new books for less than their printed price.</p> <h3>5. Celebrate Free Comic Book Day</h3> <p>This is not a long-term solution, but it can be a fun event: The first Saturday in May each year, several comic-book publishers offer specially published <a href="http://www.freecomicbookday.com/">Free Comic Book Day</a> comics totally gratis at comic book stores across the country. It's an especially great event for kids.</p> <h3>6. Borrow</h3> <p>Not only is borrowing comics from friends free, but it's also a great way to get recommendations for new titles. One of my friends lent me the first five collections of Alan Moore's <em>Saga of the Swamp Thing</em>, a title that I never would have considered reading otherwise, but now love.</p> <p><em>Are you a comic-book reader? If so, do you have any other suggestions for reading comics on the cheap?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-read-comic-books-for-free-or-almost-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-lessons-from-spider-man">Frugal Lessons from Spider-Man</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-never-pay-for-another-book">How to Never Pay for Another Book</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment comic books free books free comic day Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:36:11 +0000 Meg Favreau 492049 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Never Pay for Another Book http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-never-pay-for-another-book <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-never-pay-for-another-book" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/books_1.jpg" alt="Books" title="Never Pay for Books Again" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have a computer, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android device, you can download more books than you will ever be able to read for free. Here's how:</p> <p>Book publishers are finally beginning to move with the times and offer larger and larger selections of current and classic books in digital formats. Retailers like Amazon, Barnes &amp; Noble, and iTunes list those offerings and make many of them free for a limited time.</p> <h3>Amazon's Free Book List</h3> <p>You can find recently-written digital versions of books for free in the business, finance, self help, romance, science fiction, fantasy, classic, and children's categories. These books are usually only free for a day or two before Amazon rotates them out and features something else. You can keep an eye on the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fbestsellers%2Fdigital-text%2F154606011%3Fie%3DUTF8%26ref_%3Dpd_ts_zgc_kinc_154606011_more&amp;tag=dealswb-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">top 100 free list</a> (on the right side of the linked page) to see what's current, or you can subscribe to our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today">daily deals list</a> and get the current offerings delivered to your email each day.</p> <p>To read the books for free, you will need to download Amazon's free Kindle Whispernet software for your chosen device. You can find the software next to the &quot;Add to cart&quot; button for any book you want to download.</p> <h3>Free Books from Barnes &amp; Noble</h3> <p>Barnes &amp; Noble released the &quot;Nook&quot; to compete with Amazon's Kindle. And, just like Amazon, they offer their software for free, so you don't need the device to take advantage of the free books. Scroll down on their&nbsp;<a href="http://gan.doubleclick.net/gan_click?lid=41000000031734273&amp;pubid=21000000000291524">Nook page</a> a bit, and find the link on the right to download the free Nook app for the iPhone, iPad, Android, or PC. Then check out their huge selection of <a href="http://gan.doubleclick.net/gan_click?lid=41000000028439241&amp;pubid=21000000000291524">free books</a>.</p> <h3>Free Books from iTunes</h3> <p>The iTunes App Store has thousands of classic and current books available for free. Just browse through the <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=146261.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=3909&amp;RD_PARM1=http%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fgenre%2Fmobile-software-applications%2Fid6018%3Fmt%3D8">books section</a> and download anything you like to your iPhone or iPad. Do double check the price before you download though; every now and then they sneak in a paid book app.</p> <p>That's it! Easy-peasy, and you have access to enough free books to spend several years doing nothing but reading. Enjoy!</p> <p><em>Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brooke-kaelin">Brooke Kaelin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-never-pay-for-another-book">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-cool-uses-for-a-tablet-computer">11 Cool Uses for a Tablet Computer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-read-comic-books-for-free-or-almost-free">6 Ways to Read Comic Books for Free (or Almost Free)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Android free books ipad kindle Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:00:09 +0000 Brooke Kaelin 296264 at http://www.wisebread.com Summer Freebies and Bargains for Kids http://www.wisebread.com/summer-freebies-and-bargains-for-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/summer-freebies-and-bargains-for-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kidbowling.jpg" alt="kid bowling" title="Kids Can Bowl Free at AMF Bowling Centers All Summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer vacation can be expensive for families with children. If the kids are not enrolled in camp programs which are in their own right pricey, the empty hours can weigh heavily and lead to an excess of wallet-emptying entertainment. Here are some things that kids can do this summer for free or for cheap:</p> <ul> <li>Free bowling. The AMF chain of bowling alleys offers a kids club granting children two free games EVERY DAY all summer long. You sign up through <a href="http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/amf.php">your local alley</a>&nbsp;(the Web site lists locations in 33 states), and individual locations may have rules and caveats like specific hours when free games can be played. The freebies can't be used by large groups like day care outings.</li> <li>Free movies and free or discounted books: On Frugalista, my new blog about Chicago-area bargains, I&nbsp;outlined the a number of <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/frugalista/2009/06/free-and-cheap-family-summer-flicks.html">free and cheap summer movie series</a> for kids as well as the <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/frugalista/2009/06/free-loot-for-readers-chicagoland-summer-reading-programs.html">summer reading programs</a> at major bookstores and libraries (the store programs usually give kids a free book or at least a discount; the library programs offer varying goodies). Most of these programs are available nationally or you can find the same at your local theaters, stores and libraries.</li> <li>Cheap museums and zoos. If you have multiple kids and the whole summer to kill, it can be worth it to invest in a pass to a local kids' museum. But if you live in an area with lots of museums like I&nbsp;do, you'll want to buy a pass that gets you into multiple places. In this post I&nbsp;share the <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/frugalista/2009/05/save-on-summer-museum-visits.html">secret ticket</a> that gets you into the most places for the lowest price. An even cheaper strategy than the above is to stick to museum and zoo free days -- check the Web site of your local -- or to latch onto other families that have memberships and can bring guests (reciprocity is nice!).</li> <li>You all know about using your local library, which usually has the added advantage of free air conditioning, but newer parents may not realize that most urban and suburban park districts offer low-cost or free activities too. In our neighborhood, teen-aged park employees bring a &quot;fun truck&quot;&nbsp;to the local playground once a week with a slip and slide and other delights.</li> <li>Fairs. You won't get off scott-free at the state or county fair; in fact you'll shell out for entrance, overpriced ice cream and corn, and ride tickets, and maybe even parking. But there are lots of things to keep little ones busy most of the day for free, like looking at animals and watching animal shows, and the costs pale in comparison to an amusement park. Speaking of which ...</li> <li>Amusement park discounts. Six Flags and its ilk are never cheap, but there are ways to pay less. If you live nearby and your kids are old enough to be dropped off, a season pass for them can really pay for itself pretty easily. Even if you're going for one day, check the park's Web site and do a little Googling for promotions; right now Six Flags tickets are <a href="http://www.sixflags.com/greatAmerica/tickets/index.aspx">buy-one-get-one online</a>; you also often see discounts on soda cans, at fast-food restaurants, and the like.</li> <li>Mix in a bit of the always free.We're taking advantage of many of the above programs intermittently during the summer, but I unabashedly&nbsp;admit that my kids' regular summer days include a lot of less-structured free activities. Playing in the backyard, visiting local playgrounds, sitting on the porch watching for the ice cream man (OK&nbsp;that will cost me a few bucks if he actually shows up but he hardly EVER drives down our street), hitting rummage sales with mom (now that my oldest is 5, giving her $2-4 at a rummage sale will keep her happily absorbed in bargain-hunting while I&nbsp;do my own shopping),&nbsp;playing with neighbors and friends, and reading (she's been devouring <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26x%3D12%26ref%255F%3Dnb%255Fss%255Fgw%26y%3D26%26field-keywords%3Dthe%2520boxcar%2520children%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">The Boxcar Children mysteries</a><img border="0" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; margin: 0px; border-top: medium none; border-right: medium none" src="https://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" />) have been the prime activities so far. Oh, and even a little work beyond the normal &quot;pick up your toys&quot;:&nbsp;Now that the 5-year-old understands that money can get her toys at rummage sales, she's become a willing weed bounty hunter in the backyard.</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/summer-freebies-and-bargains-for-kids">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-free-hbo-or-showtime-just-ask">Want Free HBO or Showtime? Just Ask.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-ways-to-display-your-art">How to Cheaply Display Your Art</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think">Top 5 Economy Based Board Games that Make You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/istopover-earn-extra-income-or-travel-on-the-cheap-and-a-special-promotion-for-wise-bread-readers">iStopOver: Earn Extra Income or Travel on the Cheap, and a Special Promotion for Wise Bread Readers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-champaign-urbana">Free and cheap things to do in Champaign-Urbana</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Art and Leisure free books free bowling for kids free movies kids freebies summer freebies Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:39:03 +0000 Carrie Kirby 3344 at http://www.wisebread.com Duh..Libraries http://www.wisebread.com/duh-libraries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/duh-libraries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000005271495XSmall.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let me start off by saying I&rsquo;m a substitute librarian assistant so I spend at least a few days each month on eight hour shifts of the library. I preface my blog with this to say, dude, I am in the know&hellip;and is there anything out there more frugal than using the free resources at the library? But do you know of all the resources available to you?</p> <p>As libraries across the United States and specifically in my state, California, are facing yet more budget cuts, it&rsquo;s time I think to remind us all of the value of the library. And while the book stacks are a nice visual reminder that, yes, you can check something out and read for free provided you reside in the county the library is in, there is more to the library than the stacks of free reading material in the stacks.</p> <p>Let me start off by saying I&rsquo;m a substitute librarian assistant so I spend at least a few days each month on eight hour shifts of the library. I preface my blog with this to say, dude, I am in the know&hellip;and is there anything out there more frugal than using the free resources at the library? But do you know of all the resources available to you?</p> <p>As libraries across the United States and specifically in my state, California, are facing yet more budget cuts, it&rsquo;s time I think to remind us all of the value of the library. And while the book stacks are a nice visual reminder that, yes, you can check something out and read for free provided you reside in the county the library is in, there is more to the library than the stacks of free reading material in the stacks.</p> <p>The number one thing that keeps me busy these days as the library sub is checking out videos. Our library, like many, has a two tier video rental system. The county dvds are newer and free for two days and the ones donated to the library (which can help you have an eighties flashback weekend) are free for four days. This seems to be the number one reason why most people visit our library.</p> <p>As April and tax time is approaching the second most used service is all the income tax forms and instruction booklets, and while we don&rsquo;t give out tax advice, we do instruct people on where to go in town to talk to someone and give them an idea of which form is probably for them.</p> <p>Next is the computers. Free wireless without having to purchase coffee to use it. Free computer access for those not bringing their own laptops. Free computer classes for those who don&rsquo;t know how to use the computers effectively. Most of the librarians I know will help with some instruction regardless of whether or not you are in the computer classes. <br /> I often wind up helping people navigate or learn how to use keywords.</p> <p>Newspapers and magazines. Why bother with a subscription you don&rsquo;t read all of anyway? The library has it. And has all those back issues that you accidentally recycled. Being a library employee has cut down on my subscriptions. I now only subscribe to small presses. I read the big guys like Time and Newsweek at the library (and they are available for check out).</p> <p>Audiobooks and tapes. Probably the most expensive way to buy a book is an audio CD&mdash;good reason to check them out instead. Even in a small rural area you can have access to variety because smaller libraries and counties usually have a collective that they pull from. In Northern California, we are part of the &ldquo;North State Collective&rdquo; which means if I want to borrow some book on tape from neighboring Butte County, I can.</p> <p>Speaking of CDs&hellip;libraries&hellip;the ultimate in legal music sharing. And you are just listening, right? Not copying&hellip;no, not you. Never.</p> <p>Storytime. Where else can your toddlers and preschoolers have someone read to them other than you, do some sort of crafty thing with paste, buttons, and feathers AND get a sip of juice and cookies for free? Affluent neighborhood mommies pay big money for this sort of thing and your kid and get it all for free one day a week at the library. And though we don&rsquo;t have a jungle gym in the kids section, we&rsquo;ve got toys from every decade of the last fifty years for the pleasure of the kiddies to play with while they are here. And you don&rsquo;t even have to buy a happy meal.</p> <p>Some libraries I know show free movies. Ours is too small for it, but every once in awhile we have some. We also host poetry workshops that you&rsquo;d pay $200 for elsewhere with the exact same instructors.</p> <p>The biggest perk for me (other than working here so I&rsquo;m on top of my due dates and fine potential) is the Friends of the Library booksales. Our town has about five different book clubs and we seem to get all of their books on a regular basis. If it&rsquo;s on the best seller list, eventually&mdash;sometimes even within the same month, I can score a copy of the latest books that still look new for a quarter a piece. We have a free table of older donations and magazines too.</p> <p>The community bulletin board. I know of everything that could possibly be going down in this town all because of the library community bulletin board. If it ain&rsquo;t on the board, it&rsquo;s not happening.</p> <p>As a regular patron, if you don&rsquo;t find the book you want that you just read a terrific review of, you can request it. Many counties use patron requests as a guide in their book buying.</p> <p>So, what are you waiting for? Get your butt back to the library. Meet your neighbors. Find out what&rsquo;s going on. Check out new things, old things, use the Internet. Use the library before the powers that be decide that it&rsquo;s something they can cut out of our lives and our communities. It&rsquo;s the ultimate in our frugal lifestyles&hellip;a good gathering place for the coming recession&hellip;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maggie-wells">Maggie Wells</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/duh-libraries">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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