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Books on the Road

Most of us cannot live without our books. But how do you take them with you on the road?

Maximize the Value of your E-book Content

Check with your local library to see if they offer Overdrive or search EBSCO ebooks online. Or you can try dropping by one of the libraries that do and signing up for an account.
EBSCO offers more than 820,000 high-quality e-book titles from more than 1,500 major acedemic publishers and university presses from around the world.
Overdrive offers audiobooks. You can access your library's eContent 24 hours a days, seven days a week.

Can you check books out of libraries as you travel?

The general consensus is "most likely not". You may run into a library every now and then that will understand your situation and make arrangements for you but, don't count on it.

"My experience with libraries is that most will not let me check out books. In my parents town in CA their library wouldn't let me check out books at all. Very small towns in the mid west though, are very friendly and would let me check out books, however that was rare. I didn't have good luck in TX, either."

~Vicki "FuhKaui" (FOTR since 1999)

"We normally stay in one place for a couple months at a time and we have library memberships all over the country. A lot of libraries belong to an association that honors cards from other libraries. Or if you use a local address you can get a card. Or if you are non-resident you might have to pay a fee to join - $10 or something."

~Lydia (FOTR since 2003)

How much space should we allot for books?

"I keep one cabinet for my curriculum guides & notebook paper, etc. I have one other area for our reference books. Then, we have one other area where we keep our current planned reading selections over the upcoming months. Once books are read, we will rotate those & bring new ones into the RV. Leave enough space for library books, etc"


Recycle Books. Find used books for sale at libraries. When you are done reading them - recycle them. Leave them at laundromats and campgrounds for others to enjoy.

"We have been on the road for just over a month now and I already regret the amount of books we have taken. Much of these are not just curl up and read books, but also reference books, etc. Sigh. Won't part with them though. One thing we brought that we have not regretted is our Nature Notebooks and our plant/bug/bird identification books! We pull these out and draw what we see, add color or poetry (or not!) and it will be a neat remembrance of our travels, plus a fun way to do science."


Featured Author

Dawn of the Guardian
by Réka Kaponay

Dawn of the Gaurdian

Deep in the heart of Andalusia on the outskirts of the ancient towering walls of Arcos de la Frontera is a seemingly quiet town, which holds a chillingly malevolent secret. Once revealed it will challenge the very fabrics of what we consider reality to be.

Born of the Dream, Fuko (short for Fukushima), a two-and-half-year-old Patterdale Terrier, holds the key to this mystery and upon him is thrust the responsibility of the Guardian, a role that plunges him into the thick of an adventure that spans the vastness of time and the dimensions of existence.

Will Fuko be able to navigate the treacherous path of becoming the fully fledged Guardian, all while protecting his adopted dog family and facing an energy so entangled in the Dream that it threatens to envelop and enslave all of humanity, the animal domain, and all of existence with it?

Told through rich allegory, Dawn of the Guardian offers readers a journey into the world of lucid dreaming through an adventurous, fun-filled, and often spine-chilling tale.

Réka KaponayAbout the Author

Réka Kaponay is a 15-year-old passionate writer and blogger, turning her dream of becoming a professional writer and published author into reality at the age of 14. At 12 years of age, Réka was inspired by a trip to Andalusia, Spain, to write her first full-length adventure-mystery novel. Dawn of the Guardian, published on 31st March 2016.

Réka began writing at a very early age creating short stories and entering local writing competitions. Her love for relating stories intensified when, in 2012, her family started out on a continuous world-traveling journey of learning and exploration. She has since traveled to 34 countries on six continents and now has a readership of over 15,000 people to her blog Dreamtime Traveler. Dawn of the Gaurdian

Réka's journey has been one of learning and listening to people's stories, immersing herself in their mindset, viewpoint and understanding of the world. This is translated in her book, through the telling of the adventure-mystery tale of Fuko, the unlikely Patterdale Terrier, who has been chosen as 'The Guardian', all of which is told through entertaining rich allegory, intended to engage and inspire young people to get out there and realise their dreams.

After the release of her book, Réka and her family are continuing their world journey of learning, as well as a global promotional tour of her book, while commencing the sequel to Dawn of the Guardian!

Book Swap

One alternative to hauling your personal library across the country is to swap books at library book sales and laundromats. You might find some at campgrounds as well - but chances are slim they'll appeal to your kids.

You may also try which is touted as being the world's biggest free book club.

Or here is a great web site to aid you in your quest for books Paperback Swap.

"Our family consists of three voracious readers. We can each spend hours in a comfy chair at Barnes and Noble or Borders with a cup of tea and book. The atmosphere there is friendly, warm and welcoming.

We have also managed to squirrel away about 200 books in various nooks and crannies - even when we toured in a van we managed to find room for the books. We try to employ the swapping rule and donate a book for every one that we adopt."

~ Kimberly (FOTR since 1992)

Reading on the Road at Road Trip America written by the Goza Family

Bookstores offer comfy chairs perfect for snuggling up and reading.

"Sure we have books, and yeah at times too many so don't take my words to the extreme. We found we don't need as many books. Especially at the age of 6 and 8. As we drove around the country, my wife would read Joy Hakim's US History series, I would talk science and technology about things we see and do. The kids always liked a good story book, fiction or non-fiction, as well. Like the day my wife finished reading Tom Sawyer literally as we pulled into Hannibal, Missouri, or reading Paul Revere just before Boston, etc.

As the kids got older we picked up entry level collage refresher books for English and math. They have all the basics. We think the grade by grade textbooks are very repetitive. Get the old grade books and then pull stuff out of them.

There's also several very important subjects that are not even taught in the public school system that are important for kids. Self awareness, financial investment, group dynamics, and more and more lately music and shop skills."

~Ed Nodland