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Search Google for (free) e-books at your local library


E-read away without ever having to look up.
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You can now keep up with your book club more easily without dropping cash every month, thanks to Google.

The company just added a new search feature that lets you look up book titles in your local library’s e-book system straight from your phone.

In a tweet this week, Google shared the hot tip that searching for e-books is as simple as typing in a book in the search bar on the mobile app or in your desktop web browser.

The book name will bring up the “Get book” tab, which offers options of where to buy or borrow the e-book version.

Instead of buying e-books, you can scroll down to just borrow the book from your local library system. Head to that section of the search results before getting pulled into the purchase options. Based on your location, the search will pull up nearby library systems where you can check out the book for your e-reader.

One of my recent book club picks, Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood of The Handmaid’s Tale fame, comes right up on nearby library systems.

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Instead of searching the San Francisco Public Library e-book app, clicking through on Google takes me straight to the library;s online checkout page so that I can download the book seamlessly from my original search. No flipping through different apps and tabs required.

Search, click, and read. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/19/ebooks-google-search-libraries-reading/