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Tom Corley spent many years observing the habits of the ultra rich and compared them to that of the poor. He wrote about it in his book “Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals“. His belief is that if you adopt some of these wealthy habits, you can dramatically improve your life that will lead you to uncover more success or opportunities down the road. One of his findings was that 63% of wealthy people listen to audiobooks during  their commute to work, versus only 5% of the poor. Since most people in Singapore use public transport and don’t need to concentrate on traffic signals and patterns, it’s a great opportunity to adopt this “rich habit” rather than to be entertained with music, television dramas, or Candy Crush.

Most people carry devices that can play audiobooks or display ebooks, but for those who do not, there are 4 libraries that lend out e-readers for free (Geylang East, Toa Payoh, Jurong West and Ang Mo Kio) but you must reserve with them in advance (please call NLB to inquire). If you prefer to use your own device, the NLB overdrive website makes it very convenient to search for and download ebooks and audiobooks. They have all sorts of books (and even some movies), from classics to best sellers, romance novels to cookbooks.

You can access it here.NLB overdrive web page

As long as you have a library card, you are allowed to borrow through the NLB overdrive website. Although you are only allowed to have 6 ebooks in your virtual bookshelf, once downloaded into your media console, these books can be permanently saved (by copying the downloaded files to another folder) elsewhere onto your device or onto a disk (which is what I do). After they are saved, you can “return” the ebooks back to the library, freeing up a space on your virtual bookshelf  and media console folder while allowing another user in queue to download the title. This means that there is essentially no limit in the number of downloads. The downloaded title will most likely be in pdf/epub (ebook) or in mp3/wma (audiobook) format. Personally, I have downloaded and saved at least a dozen titles onto my computer without ever stepping foot inside any of the libraries. What’s even better is that there are no overdue books or late fees, as titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.

Just about everyone I know has a list of unfinished books that they will “eventually get to.” So why not tackle that must-read list, adopt a “rich person” habit, and learn something new?

We cannot open a book without learning something.”

-Confucius

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