We're not suggesting that you forgo visual entertainment for the written word entirely, but you may be surprised to learn that you can rent e-books for e-readers from public libraries. Although you'll need to return the e-book just as you would if you borrowed a hard copy, the fledgling service is an ideal way to use an e-reader without the ongoing expense of e-book purchases.
The use of public libraries could, in fact, slash your digital entertainment bill to nil (as long as you don't chock up late fees, that is). You can browse the Internet there at no cost. And you can use your library card to check out free feature-length movies. And we're not talking low-budget docudramas, either. These DVDs are just as in-demand as those in the new-release section of your local Red Box. Most public libraries also carry entire seasons of popular television series, too [source: Mrs. Money].