Recently I discovered the joy of audio books. I can listen to a novel in two or three weeks as I commute to and from work. Audio books are great, but expensive. And that brings me to this week's topic: libraries.
In the following blog post, Chuck Sambuchino lists eleven ideas for supporting authors.
Number eight on the list is Reserve a copy at the library. We all know buying an author's book supports them, but money can be tight. Did you know that checking out books from the library helps authors? Don't feel guilty when you borrow books from the library instead of buying them.
In fact, my publisher specializes in supplying books for libraries. So if you can't afford to purchase my novel, do me a favor and check it out from your library. And if they don't have it, ask them to get a copy.
That's another amazing thing about libraries. If you want materials, and they have the budget, they can purchase items you want to check out. Or borrow them from other libraries. I recently requested a how-to-write-mysteries book, and they got it for me. Now any library patron can read this book.
Public libraries are great.