Reading is like breathing to me – one of life’s essentials. I stopped reading print books at the beginning of March. I returned my last lot of library books because I didn’t like the idea of what germs might linger on them during this virus-ridden time. Now most public libraries in Australia have closed their doors anyway.
So what to do?
1. Check if your local bookshop will deliver.
My local bookshop will and it’s a great service to those who want to buy print books and are loathe to leave home.
2. Buy e-books.
I don’t buy print novels at all anymore because I don’t want them filling my house. If you saw how many old novels I discarded before we moved house, you’d understand why! E-books are the way to go for me because I can download them instantly. I’m happy to buy new novels in this format.
3. Borrow e-books from your library.
Most libraries have e-books for loan for free. You will need your library card number and have to download the relevant app. Look at your library’s website to see what they offer. I have placed several reserves on e-book titles from my libraries (I belong to several).
4. Borrow magazines from your library.
Many libraries have digital magazines you can download. I highly recommend PressReader, if your library has access, because it has thousands of local and overseas newspapers and magazines for free. RB Digital is another source that your library may have. Again, you will need your library card number and have to download the relevant app.
5. Watch and hear stories for kids.
Story Box is a fabulous website, where you can see and hear great storytellers read aloud. Aimed at preschool and primary aged children, this Australian service is subscription-based. Check if your library has a subscription, or subscribe yourself. You can see a free story if you want to try it out first.
So there are plenty of reading opportunities for us all, even if we are housebound. We will always need stories in our lives.