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How to Get Over S$650 Worth of Free Stuff From the NLB Mobile App

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“FREE!”

A word that’s like dopamine to our senses.

When I heard that I can free access to top magazines and newspapers such as Bloomberg Businessweek and The Washington Post, I was ecstatic.

Well, I could easily save more than US$120 for a year’s subscription to the two publications.

Would you like to know how you can get free access too?

And possibly save even more?

Let me show you how, using the NLB Mobile App.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We just like to share what we know freely so that you can benefit from it too! 


What’s So Great About the NLB Mobile App? 

Glad you asked.

I had the same thinking too.

Until I found out the great things that the app provides users with…

On top of the regular stuff like borrowing physical items using your mobile device and searching for both online and physical resources to borrow.

The NLB Mobile app comes allows you to:

  • Read e-books and listen to audiobooks
  • Access e-magazines and e-newspapers (both local and international)
  • Attend online courses

For instance, through the NLB Mobile app, you have access to over 7,000 latest issues of e-newspapers and e-magazines from local and international publishers.

The publications cover over 100 countries.

If you are a knowledge junkie, the app will become your companion in no time!

And the best part is, they are all FREE!

Here’s a flavour of the international papers that are available on the NLB Mobile app (through PressReader):

International Newspapers Available on NLB Mobile app
China Daily
Business Standard
Business World
Daily Mail
Daily Mirror
Los Angeles Times
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Economic Times
The Guardian
The Guardian Weekly
The Independent
The Mail on Sunday
The Sunday Telegraph
The Washington Post
The Washington Post Sunday
New York Daily News
New York Post

And here’s a selection of the international magazines available:

International Magazines Available on NLB Mobile app
BBC Good Food Magazine
Bloomberg Businessweek
Business Traveller
Cosmopolitan
Elle
Esquire
Forbes
GQ
Harper's Bazaar
HWM
Marie Claire
Parents
PCWorld
Reader's Digest
Science Illustrated
T3
Vanity Fair
Vogue Australia

A Dive Into the Various Functions Available on the NLB Mobile App

Before you can use any of the functions, you have to:

1) Own a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet with internet connection

2) Have an NLB myLibrary ID and

3) Download and sign-in to the NLB Mobile app

E-Books and Audiobooks 

Through the NLB Mobile app, you can get access to over 800,000 titles, be it in e-book or audiobook format.

To access this function, you have to:

1. Sign in to the NLB Mobile app using your myLibrary ID.

2. Once you’ve signed in, click on the “Search” icon at the top.

3. Search for the book you wish to read in the search box.

4. Click on the title of the book you wish to loan.

5. Click on “Borrow” and “Yes, borrow item” when prompted to borrow the e-book.

6. You can choose to read it online or download it.

If you wish to download it, you will be prompted to download the Libby app and login using your NLB myLibrary ID.

7. Viola! The e-book is at your disposal for 21 days.

You can borrow up to 16 e-books and audiobooks.

E-Magazines (Local and International) and International E-Newspapers

The NLB Mobile app lets you pour through more than 7,000 leading publications from over 100 countries.

To access this function, you have to:

1. Sign in to the NLB Mobile app using your myLibrary ID.

2. Click on the “eNewspapers & eMagazines” icon.

2. You will then be prompted to download the PressReader app, an international digital newsstand,

3. Once you download the app, you can get complimentary access to local and international publications.

The complimentary access is for an hour only.

However, once the hour is up, you can re-launch PressReader from the NLB Mobile app to get free access again.

Local E-Newspapers

On top of international e-newspapers, you can get access to eight local newspapers through the NLB Mobile app.

The local papers available are:

Local Newspapers Available on NLB Mobile app
Berita Harian
Lianhe Wanbao
Lianhe Zaobao
Shin Min Daily News
Tamil Murasu
The Business Times
The New Paper
The Straits Times

To access this function, you have to:

1. Sign in to the NLB Mobile app using your myLibrary ID.

2. Click on the “SPH Newspapers” icon.

3. You will then be directed to another page for free access to the local newspapers.

4. From there, you can choose the title of the newspaper you want to read.

5. Enjoy the paper with your morning coffee!

Online Courses

For all you course junkies out there, the NLB Mobile app provides over 16,000 courses spanning a wide range of topics — from data science to leadership skills — via LinkedIn Learning.

To access this function, you have to:

1. Sign in to the NLB Mobile app using your myLibrary ID.

2. Click on the “more” icon.

3. A new window will pop up and you have to click on “LinkedIn Learning” under “Learn”.

3. You will then be directed to verify your library card by keying in your library card number and PIN.

Use your myLibrary username for the “Library Card Number”. The PIN is your year of birth (in YYYY format).

4. Once have logged in, you can access the thousands of courses available on LinkedIn Learning.

You can also access LinkedIn Learning on your laptop or desktop. Login steps are similar to mobile.


How Much Can You Possibly Save From Using the NLB Mobile App?

Taking into consideration that you can gain tons of content from e-newspapers to online courses, this app is really valuable.

Let’s check out how much those subscriptions available via the NLB Mobile app would cost if you were to subscribe individually to the different content.

We will be assuming an individual subscribes to the following:

  • 1 e-magazine (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • 1 international e-newspaper (The Washington Post)
  • 1 local e-newspaper (The Straits Times)
  • LinkedIn Learning

We are also taking the basic packages available for customers.

Bloomberg Businessweek costs US$99 for 50 issues while The Washington Post costs US$39 for a year. These add up to US$138 or around S$187 per year.

As for the local newspaper, a basic digital individual access for The Straits Times costs S$14.90 per month, which totals up to S$178.80 per year.

One year’s worth of subscription to LinkedIn Learning costs S$24.99 per month or a yearly cost of around S$300.

SubscriptionCost
Bloomberg BusinessweekS$186.83
The Washington Post
The Straits TimesS$178.80
LinkedIn LearningS$299.88
Total costS$665.51

In all, the subscriptions cost over S$650.

Users are likely to access more than the subscriptions shown above, given there are thousands of content available via the NLB Mobile app.

So, that’s a huge deal of content available in our pocket for a grand total of $0!

Good, or good?


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