June 17, 2020
Reading is a great way to calm a flustered or frustrated mind, which is especially helpful during these stressful times! Even if the content is scary or intense, it can take your mind off what was bothering you. If you’re looking for help finding something to read, here are some good places to start:
- Libby, by OverDrive – A wonderful resource from the Library with thousands of eBooks as well as eAudiobooks. You can check out several books at once or put titles on hold for later.
- RBdigital Comics – Another Library resource with hundreds of comics to choose from. There is a large Marvel collection as well as some manga and other popular titles.
- BiblioBoard – The third eBook resource from the Library, BiblioBoard, focuses on local authors. You can find hundreds of books, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more.
- Project Gutenberg – A free resource with over 60,000 books! Most titles are in the public domain, though some authors have granted use to otherwise copywritten items. Books can be easily read in your web browser or downloaded to several eReader mobile apps.
- Open Library – A free, online public library run through the Internet Archive. New books are added regularly and can be sponsored (and subsequently added to the collection) by users for a fee. Books can be read in your web browser or in a few eReader mobile apps.
- ManyBooks – A resource for free and very inexpensive books. In addition to books from the public domain (all free), they also host hundreds of self-published titles as well.
- Amazon – Thousands of books either free (usually public domain) or for a fee. eBooks can easily be loaded to a Kindle device or to any device that supports the Kindle mobile app.
- OverDrive – A fabulous Library resource that provides free access to tons of eAudiobooks as well as eBooks and eMovies!
- RBdigial Audiobooks – Another Library resource that provides access to hundreds (if not thousands) of eAudiobooks! You’ll just need your Library card to create an account. eAudiobooks can be listened to through your browser or downloaded as an MP3 to your preferred player.
- Open Culture – An online audiobook resource focused on cultural and educational materials. Users are pointed to thousands of free, online audiobooks and more.
- LibriVox – An online library of audiobooks that are read by users of the site. You can download the audiobook files in several formats or even volunteer to read! The titles are all public domain or otherwise open-use titles.
- Lit2Go – A free online collection of stories and poems in audiobook format. Users can download titles as MP3s and load them to whichever listening app they prefer.
- Scribd – A paid resource, though they offer free trials and occasional discounts. Their library is full of modern bestsellers and popular works. You can find eBooks and other media.
- Audible – An Amazon company that provides access to some of the newest/recently released audiobooks. Most titles are paid, though there are free trials and occasional sales/discounts.
The Library has thousands of physical books for you to read! Right now, you can pick up items through curbside or drive-up window service at the Library’s branches.
If you’d prefer to purchase a hard copy of something to read, here are a few local stores:
Local Book Stores:
- Anastasia’s Books (Raytown, MO)
- Bliss Books & Wine (Kansas City, MO)
- KD’s Books (Lee’s Summit, MO)
- Prospero’s Books (Kansas City, MO – Volker)
- Rainy Day Books (Fairway, KS)
- Wise Blood Booksellers (Kansas City, MO – Westport)
Local Comic Shops:
- A to Z Comics (Blue Springs, MO)
- Back in Time Comics & Toys (Liberty, MO)
- Clint’s Comics (Kansas City, MO – 39th & Main)
- Elite Comics (Overland Park, KS)
- Fenix Comix (Peculiar, MO)
- Pulp Fiction Comics & Games (Lee’s Summit, MO)
Where is your go-to place to find an engaging read? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!
Consumer Technology Specialist