Amazon Prime Free Kindle Library

November 6, 2011 by  
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Free Kindle book loans for Amazon Prime members, free book downloads even if you don’t own a Kindle, & free Amazon Prime memberships…

Amazon just announced that Amazon Prime subscribers can use the new Kindle Owners Lending Library
to borrow books for free. Amazon Prime costs $79 a year and includes unlimited free two day shipping and streaming of movies and TV shows. (They’re clearly trying to give Netflix a run for their money, and I’m still considering whether to switch all my viewing to Amazon Prime after the recent Netflix price increase.)

If you’re a Kindle owner with Amazon Prime you can start borrowing from a selection of thousands of books including many bestsellers, up to one book a month with no due return date. If you don’t have Amazon Prime you can get a free one month trial, with unlimited instant video streaming of movies and TV shows. Be sure to cancel your subscription before the free trial ends or select “do not upgrade” once you’re registered for the freebie, if you don’t want your credit card to be automatically charged for the $79 subscription at the end of the trial period.

Don’t have a Kindle?

Even if you don’t own a Kindle, you can read many of the free Kindle books, downloaded to a PC or other mobile device, using Amazon’s free app at the links:

Kindle Popular Book Classics that can also be downloaded to your computer or other mobile device, include Dracula, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know, Little Women, Treasure Island, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, and many more.

Kindle Store Limited Time Offers with freebies also available on PC include:

There are many more in the list but these free offers can change quickly, so may vary.

Free Amazon Prime: College Students and Child Carers

College students signing up for the free Amazon Student membership program also get Amazon Prime free for one year with free two-day shipping and no minimum order, plus student discounts.  The free offer does not include movie streaming, nor the Kindle library.

Similarly, the free Amazon Mom program is not just for moms – anyone caring for a baby or child can join – and benefits include free two-day shipping for three months, not just on child products but across all categories, 20% off diapers, and if you shop in the Baby Store, for every $25 you spend they’ll add another month of free two-day shipping to your account, up to a year’s worth. There’s no restriction on the child’s age and the program is open to moms-to-be, dads, grandparents, aunts, or anyone caring for a child. The Amazon Mom Frequently Asked Questions gives the full skinny, and again the free offer doesn’t include movie streaming.

Free ABQ Library eBooks, Video, Audio Book Downloads

Albuquerque and Bernalillo County libraries let you borrow ebooks, audio books, and videos online and download them at home, from the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Libraries Digital Media website.

You need a library card to download up to four titles at a time, and “borrow” them for ten days. Once the lending time is up, titles automatically return to the library. If the title you want is borrowed already, you can place a hold on it – up to five titles at a time.

As far as I can fathom, the free downloads work on Windows PCs and Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and other devices, according to the type of digital media you’re borrowing. For example, ebooks are in Adobe PDFs, and audio books come in MP3 and other formats.  For some loans it may be necessary to download free software, provided at the library site.

Hope you find something entertaining in there to enjoy!

–Tania Note: I’ve given you my Amazon affiliate links. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap, please use the link. Thanks!


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Free eBooks, Video, Audio Book Downloads for Library Members

August 24, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque and Bernalillo County libraries let you borrow ebooks, audio books, and videos online and download them at home. Free books online – love it! This truly is the 21st century, and I’m just catching up with it…

The Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Libraries Digital Media website is a one-stop online library for ebooks and audio books including fiction and nonfiction, and videos from classic films and comedies, to documentaries, dramas, cartoons and animations, and children’s videos.

Of course you need a library card, and members may download up to four titles at a time, and “borrow” them for ten days. Once the lending time is up, titles automatically return to the library. If the title you want is borrowed already, you can place a hold on it – up to five titles at a time.

As far as I can fathom, the free downloads work on Windows PCs and Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and other devices, according to the type of digital media you’re borrowing. For example, ebooks are in Adobe PDFs, and audio books come in MP3 and other formats.  For some loans it may be necessary to download free software, provided at the library site. 

The ebooks can be transferred to the Barnes & Noble Nook with these instructions, but can’t be read on Amazon’s Kindle. (But you can get the top 100 free books for Kindle at Amazon.)

It’s a 24-hour service, so I reckon this is super-handy if you find youself bored one night and you want some quick free entertainment. It’s great if you’re traveling too, and didn’t make it to the library before you left town. And at a time when Netflix just increased its prices on certain plans… need I say more? The video selection obviously isn’t as huge as a commercial site, but hey, it’s free!

Find all the titles to borrow and tutorials at the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Libraries Digital Media website.

–Tania. Note: I’ve given you my affiliate link for the Amazon Kindle freebies. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap, please use the links.

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OUTDOOR WATER REBATES

April 13, 2009 by  
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When spring is in the air, a young woman’s fancy turns lightly to thoughts of ripping out large areas of sod from the backyard and converting it to an exotic outdoor living space, complete with potted date palms and rattan furniture canopied with mosquito netting. At least, that’s how it works over here at Cheap Central.

Luckily, ripping out that sod could earn you a substantial rebate from the Water Authority. Their outdoor water rebate plans cover a wide range of conservation measures that could put cash in your pocket. Here’s a sampling:

  • Receive a 75¢ per square foot rebate by installing a drip irrigation system and replacing turf with xeric plants
  • Get a $1.50 per square foot rebate for replacing turf with xeric plants and installing a rainwater collection/direction system
  • Earn a 25% rebate (up to $100) for adding compost to your landscape
  • Receive a 25% rebate (up to $50) for renting sod removal equipment
  • Install a rain barrel or rainwater cistern and receive up to a $150 rebate
  • Attend a “Water Smart” irrigation class to earn a $20 credit

And there are other ways to get rebates or receive credit from the Water Authority. Of course, many of these suggestions will also help you use less water — which means a lower water bill. Check out all the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s rebate and credit programs and start saving today!

Note:  Sadly, canopies of mosquito netting are not included in any of the rebate programs.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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