A Great (Free) Resource for Tablet Users Interested in Food

I may just be the last person in the world to figure this out but, in case I’m not, I thought I’d risk sharing this awesome tip.

Dana and I both have iPads for work although we find ourselves using them for just about everything.  I’ll admit that when I first saw one I expected it to be pretty useless but I’ve absolutely fallen bonkers for my tablet.  And I’ve just found an awesome food-related accessory for it:

A Great (Free) Resource for Tablet Users Interested in Food

Yep!  It’s a library card!

The Toronto Public Library (as well as many other libraries around the world) has added an extensive selection of electronic material.  There are more than 2,000 audio books and several thousand eBooks all available for free and available to be withdrawn from the comfort of your home.

Signing out digital material is very similar to the method a traditional library uses (though you have to install an app first).  Here’s the basics:

  • You need to start with getting a library card (in most cases you have to visit the actual library and be a resident of the town or city it services).
  • You browse or search for titles.
  • You see which ones are available.
  • You can check out up to 10 titles for 3 weeks at a time.

And the best part?  Returning them is automated so you’ll never get a late fee!

So far I’ve downloaded a bunch of cooking books and even a few audio books on chefs and other aspects of food.  My trek to work may never be the same!

Do you rent eBooks or audio tapes?  Any tips or favorite titles?


  1. Yay for libraries! No one seems to know about checking out digital items yet–but I bet that once the floodgates open, they’re going to be OPEN.

  2. Stephanie says:

    You need to check out Paul Virant’s “The Preservation Kitchen” for amazing recipes and inspired menus for using preserves year round. He even does his recipes in ratios! Have in on my iPad right now. I also love reading Julia Child’s cookbooks because they’re so straightforward — that woman did not suffer fools!

    • Stephanie you rock – this has been on my ‘list of things I’m curious about’; now I know I have to check it out!

      P.S. Preserve Swap at the Avro last Monday of November. :) J

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