Reading is its Own Reward, But…

Sometimes it’s nice to get a little incentive to do what you know you probably should be doing anyway. Starting today, the National Association of REALTORS®’ library is offering a special deal to any member who downloads a free book from them through the Member Value Plus Program. Get this: In exchange for you checking out a free e-book from their collection, they are going to give you your own copy of NAR’s Social Media for REALTORS®: Your Website guide.

What, you say? A free business guide as a reward for checking out free books? Yes, absolutely.

The offer runs until July 31, but the library is an awesome member benefit even without the incentive. In fact, I’ve been meaning to write about Info Central’s e-book program for quite some time, because I think it has a lot to offer and isn’t widely known among members. They offer more than 3,500 digital books, audiobooks, and videos that can be downloaded to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The topics tend to be business-oriented, though there are some really interesting options outside of real estate.

They’re not all immediately available, especially when it comes to the more popular copies. For example, I checked out Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents: Dissimulating the Sustainable City immediately because I’m looking for new story ideas on this subject. On the other hand, I put a hold on Kitchen Confidential because I’m passionate about cooking (and because I have a tiny crush on Anthony Bourdain, OK?). I will wait in line for that one, but there are only two folks ahead of me.

Browse the library for yourself; there are tons of great (and did I mention that they are totally free?) options. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t even own a Kindle; I’m just reading these off my desktop or listening to them on my iPod. If you do decide to check something out (because why wouldn’t you?), let me know what you chose in the comment section below.

Meg White

Meg White is the managing editor for REALTOR® Magazine and administrator of the magazine's Weekly Book Scan blog. Contact her at mwhite[at]

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