Don’t worry if you can’t get to your local library or bookstore
Feeling like you have watched every movie and show available on your streaming services? 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 still spending a lot of time at home due to the Coronavirus. Luckily, Libby provides a variety of titles to keep you busy. Many online retailers like Kindle and Audible also offer 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 titles directly to Kindle for even more streamlined use.
What’s even more convenient is the fact that Libby is working to help 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!