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AARP Bookstore FAQ

Answers to your questions about how to order and download books from the AARP Bookstore

How do I purchase a book?

Beneath each book description, you'll find options for purchasing the book from different vendors. Specifically, under "Buy This Book" you'll see an icon and name to the most common digital bookstores, such as Amazon, Apple iBooks and Barnes & Noble.

Most e-books are offered in all formats, no matter what type of device you use. Simply click and you'll be taken right to your preferred vendor's book page.

You'll likely be logged into your account already (if not, do so) and simply click to complete the purchase and the download will initiate. If you're buying a paper book, it will be shipped to your door, so be sure to read the bookstore's shipping costs, if any.

How much do the books cost?

Many publications are free. To see these e-books, select "Free E-Books & Resources" from the drop-down menu on the main AARP Bookstore site. Freebies include how-to guides — such as The AARP AlmanacInternet Safety Tips for Dummies, Steps to Finding the Work You Want After 50, and Planning for Long-Term Care. For other books, check the price listed when taken to your preferred bookstore.

How do I download free books in PDF format?

When you're at the "Free E-Books & Resources" page within the AARP Bookstore, underneath the book's short description you'll see the words "Download PDF." Click this and you can download the e-book on the spot. Note: depending on your Web browser's settings, the e-book might open within the browser; if this is the case, and you don't want to read it on your computer, click "File" in the top left corner and then "Save As," before selecting where on your hard drive you'd like to save the PDF file. In some cases, you'll have an option to download the book in English or Spanish.

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