Bored At Home? This App Gives You Access To Thousands Of Books For Free

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Don’t worry if you can’t get to your local library or bookstore because of the quarantine

You can still satisfy your thirst for adventure, romance, mystery or drama right in the comfort of your own home. An app called Libby connects local libraries’ e-books, magazines, comic books and audiobooks for free all with the touch of a button.

You will need your library card to access the books, but don’t worry if you don’t have one. Libby understands that in the digital age, not everyone goes to their local library anymore, and that’s why you can still access the books by signing up for an instant, digital card through the app, so long as the selected library allows it.

Many people are being asked to spend their time at home as much as possible to slow the spread of the virus, and while many online retailers can offer a variety of titles to keep you busy, non-essential items—books being one of them—will not be available during this time.

Kindle and Audible are also good choices to get your reading on, but the charges for each title do add up.

Libby offers a convenient and affordable way to read or listen to your favorite story, but it’s important to note that not all libraries will be accessible through the app. In a statement to “Thrillist,” Libby said that 90 percent of libraries across the nation are partnering with the app.

And in case you don’t have internet access, books can be streamed on the app or downloaded for future reading. Libby can also send titled directly to Kindle for even more streamlined use.

That’s even more convenient is the fact that Libby is working with helping libraries get “simultaneous-use titles,” meaning that people will be able to check out the same book at the same time. No more waitlisting books or hoping the last person will return the book.

Libby is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play. So, what are you waiting for? Get to reading! And while you’re at it, let us know what some of your favorite titles are or recommend a title!

By: Maytinee Kramer

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