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This browser extension shows you books available for free from the New York Public Library

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

Here's a life hack readers should know about before they click "add to cart" on Amazon.

The Library Extension, which can be added to the Chrome and Firefox browsers, is a cool new tool you can use to save some pennies, because we all know keeping up with The New York Times Best Sellers list can get expensive.

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Want to read The Testaments, the The Handmaid's Tale sequel by Margaret Atwood, but see that it's almost $20 on Amazon? If you download the Library Extension, the book and the number of copies at your nearest libraries will pop up on the Amazon book listing automatically. From there, you can check it out or put a hold on it for when it becomes available. It's as simple as that!

You will need a library card to reserve a book, though.

For what it's worth, it seems like a win-win for both us readers and local libraries and a small way to fight back against the online retail surge, plus when you pick up your book, you may have an opportunity to check out one of the most gorgeous libraries in NYC.

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