Who do we have to thank for the public lending library?
In 1731, Benjamin Franklin and 50 of his friends founded The Library Co. of Philadelphia so people of moderate means could better themselves through reading.
I've rediscovered my local public library. Check yours out. Books, audio books, videos, magazines, computers, most for free with your library card. Our library does charge a modest rental fee for the NYT bestsellers. Visit your library's website and make sure the book you want is available - if it's not, place a hold and you can be e-mailed when it's checked in.
Bored with your local library, visit the library in the next town or the city where you work. Oh don't forget about the great used book store in the library too.