So you have decided to put the proceeds from your business toward a brand new e-reader. Now that you've chosen and purchased your device, it's time to load it up with reading material. Where should you go to get it? This article will introduce you to a variety of online resources for getting e-books. Which ones you use will depend not only on your preference but also the type of e-reader that you have chosen.

Online Bookstores

Each e-reader manufacturer will have its own online store where you can buy books and download them to your device. If you have a multi-format device like the Kobo or the Sony Reader, you can choose whether or not to shop from the parent company's store. However, if you've bought a proprietary device like the Nook or the Kindle, you will be limited to buying your books from the company that sold you the reader.

Online Libraries

These days, most public libraries are expanding into the world of e-books. If you have a multi-format device, you should be able to borrow e-books from your local library's website. Visit your library in person to get tips on how to get your reader and the library's system to work together. The books you borrow to read can be taken out for a period of one to three weeks and are limited to a certain number of copies just like a paper book.


Some e-readers have large color screens and are designed specifically for reading periodicals, but generally speaking any non-proprietary device can handle a subscription. You can get magazines, newspapers, and even trade publications in e-book format. To subscribe to the publication, visit the newspaper or magazine's website and click on the subscription link. Not everyone will have an e-book option, but for those that do, you must go through the publication directly. Some may also be in e-book stores.

Online Archives

Another way of accessing free content for your e-book reader is to subscribe to or access the online document databases. Google Books, for instance, has digitized thousands of books on topics ranging from advice from baking experts to classic literature. Project Gutenberg also has an extensive store of digitized classics and research archives such as JSTOR offer digital back copies of academic journals.

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