I’m a voracious reader, and not just of crap I find on the interwebz. I also put the subtitles on the TV.

Oh, and books. I’ve read an average of 30 books each year over the past three (yes, I’ve kept track. I’m cool like that), and want to up it to 50 this year now that I’ve got a little more time on my hands. I’ve already completed one so far in 2019, so at least I’m not horribly behind quite yet.

Books are fantastic. You get to read the condensed version of somebody’s knowledge on a subject in just a few hours. The author has done all the work for you and gotten rid of all the crap. What remains is the best stuff. You then absorb that info, retain it, and use it to make your life easier in many different ways.

The real beauty of reading is you’ll never know when that info will come in handy. Sometimes you’ll take a concept on one subject and apply it to something completely different. That’s the good stuff, right there.

You don’t even have to pay a nickel to read, either. Here’s how I do it.

Go to the library

I won’t spend too much time on this, because libraries aren’t exactly a new thing.

What you might not be aware of is how libraries have embraced technology. Let’s use my library as an example. They allow me to use a website to order in virtually any book I want. If nobody else wants to read it I’ll have it in just a few days.

It also has a wide collection of e-books and even a decent number of audiobooks. I used to listen to audiobooks while I worked out but I find myself tuning out much of the time now. It has to be super good to replace my Taylor Swift playlist.

Using your Kindle

I’m still rocking the 1st generation Kindle, a machine that simply refuses to break. Even if it does, I won’t sweat it. I picked up a replacement on the local bidding wars site for $12. It even came with a purple case, which I rock out unironically. The conversation goes like this:

“Nice case.”

“I know, right? Isn’t it awesome?”

“No, I’m mocking you.”

(rips out their heart and eats it)

If there’s a way to access my library’s e-book selection on my Kindle, I’ve yet to find it. So I’m forced to find other means.

The answer is Libgen, a site put together by a bunch of Russians(?) who grew tired of paying library late fees(??). It has approximately 2 million books sitting there for you to download. There’s no special software or anything. You just go to the site, search for the book you want, and download away.

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa

Yes, Italics Man?

Downloading books is against the law.

If I wasn’t downloading them I’d just be getting them from the library for free anyway.

You sicken me.

Italics Man is right. This is sort of a moral and legal grey area. Don’t proceed if it makes you feel uncomfortable.

Getting files to your Kindle

You’ll need to use a program called Calibre to get your ebooks onto your Kindle.

Once Cailbre is downloaded, add your downloaded books to your list. At this point you’ll use the convert feature to convert any PDF or EPUB file formats to MOBI. Kindles read MOBI files, while a Kobo will read EPUB files.

Next (and this is the part that always annoyed me), you need to get out your USB cable and physically connect your Kindle to your computer and upload the files onto the mobile device. This was always a giant pain in the ass.

Fortunately I’ve came up with a hack that bypasses this. You’ll need to find your kindle email address (google it if you don’t know how) and add that to your Calibre. You do this by right clicking on a book, then going to connect/share, and then to email to selected recipients. From there you can add your Kindle email and you’re in business. Just email it to that address and your Kindle will grab it when it’s connected to wifi.

This is all super easy, which is the key to reading more. Try it, you’ll be hooked.

Wrappin’ it up

Feel free to continue buying books, especially from the Financial Uproar Amazon links. We like our referral nickels, dammit. Or you can do a little work and read for free.

Between your library and Libgen you’ll be able to find just about everything you’ve ever wanted to read, all for free. The only thing left is getting at the plan, but that’s the hardest part.

Tell everyone, yo!