The Friendly Reminder Amazon And Barnes & Noble Would Prefer We Kept To Ourselves

Consumerists, we want to say one word to you – just one word.
Are you listening?

Really, libraries. “My Money Blog” took a moment to remind us that libraries are an incredible and underutilized resource.

First of all, the selection is great. In addition to books, a lot of popular music albums and DVDs are available. Recently, I’ve gotten the newest Snow Patrol album and a full season of the Sopranos. Other features which may be in your area are Library2Go, which offers audiobooks that you can listen to on your mp3 player, and NetLibrary, which offers e-books that you can download to your computer or PDA.

My favorite feature is the internet-based hold system. I go online, pick out all the books I want, and make a few clicks. I get to see exactly how many people are ahead of me, and when the book is ready, it’s shipped directly to my local branch (only a few blocks away) and I get an e-mail saying it’s waiting for me. Renewing online is just as easy. I love it.

We love libraries, too. Next time you need a book, put away your credit card and whip out your library card. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER

Have You Checked Out Your Local Public Library Recently? [My Money Blog]
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