Libby, by OverDrive Reviews

Libby, by OverDrive Reviews

Published by on 2020-12-14

All over the world, local libraries offer millions of ebooks and audiobooks. You
can borrow them — for free, instantly — with a library card and Libby: the
award-winning, much-loved app for libraries. • Browse your library’s
digital catalog of books — from classics to NYT best-sellers...

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Libby, by OverDrive Reviews

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    What an enjoyable book. In my personal opinion, the Author seemed to take more liberty placing himself into the life of Mr. Knight, then wanted. Was it out of selfish reasons or more Nobel reasons? Only Mr. Finkle can answer that. On the other hand, it seemed the book was respectfully written. Mr Knight had expressed concern of how he would be “portrayed”. If he added this one to his reading list, I do hope he was not let down. Mr Knight May of lived his life that others may find odd or crazy. But he was living it, his way. The B&E as well as stealing I found strange. I mean, understandable he saw it as a means of survival. But in the way of how he stated that he was raised being taught morals & never to take help from the Government or handouts from others. Which is why he never applied for any type of assistance, or accept help from those who offered support. But how does one decide to steal & invade the homes of others, which is morally wrong, causing a feeling of fear & being violated, just as I am sure Mr. Knight would experience if someone “helped themselves “ to his home in the forest. From accepting offered support? Granted there was the fear offered support was a trap, but when raised as what seems to be right & wrong how does one choose the gray, in a world of black & white? I am glad to know that this book was held to accountability by a number of fact checkers. Especially when we live in a world where reality & fake seem to be merged.

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    Libby Rating as compared to Cloud Library

    I give Libby a 5 star rating. It was so very easy to work with, so easy to figure out. I never had to request help from the library staff. I have read more than 60 audio books using Libby App. Search is easy. Returns are automatic or if you want to return early, no problem it is a simple procedure. Hold worked without a hitch. I cannot praise this App. Enough. Port Saint Lucie Libraries has now switched us to "Cloud Library"for all audio books. I have had one problem after another with this "Cloud Library". App. First of all I cannot seem to set my setting the way I would like. I accidentally requested an e-book on this app. And couldn't figure out how to return it. It was on the app. Showing overdue for awhile, may still,be,out there somewhere. I did go to the library and try to get help, however there seems to be only one person who can help, and she had not responded to my request for help and it has been 2 weeks. And, the gentleman with whom I spoke when I went to the library tried to convince me that it was NOT possible to borrow an ebook in Cloud Library even tho I have a photo of that book indicating that it is in an overdue status. I am looking forward to the day I am asked to review "Cloud Library", I will go into more depth re: my problems working with this App.

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    Fantastic interface

    I’ve only browsed one ebook sample but have listened to several audiobooks and the interface is leaps and bounds better than Hoopla and OverDrive. Cons: I’d give it a 5th star if the sleep timer for audiobooks had more than the 30 minute option (custom timer would be best along with 15 minute intervals up to an hour, then 30 minute intervals thereafter), the UI colors could be customized (at the least a dark mode, but I’d also like to change the blurred background color for audiobooks while in landscape mode), and I could customize my library card color tags/icons? (a minor gripe but two of my cards are too similar in color). I’m also not a fan of the settings menu but I can’t put my finger on why right now... Pros: The book layout is great (Hoopla doesn’t even do landscape or two page mode🤬). As a whole, the Libby interface puts books at your fingertips quickly and offers a sleek & modern yet minimalist design that appeals to the eyes. The sort/refine/preferences works well although an ability to sort series by order in the series both ascending and descending is missing. The ability to sync Libby across multiple devices is FANTASTIC (again, looking at you Hoopla) and saves the hassle of logging in on each device and manually downloading each book (again, Hoopla, sup?). The audio/book sample feature (Hoopla comeon!) is conveniently placed, as is the book sample, review, and jacket information.

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    I love this app- there are no real downsides

    It is almost too perfect. A simple idea at first, just an online library. However, with so many apps where you pay large amounts of money just to get access to audio and digital books, this is the only one I have found that is actually free and amazingly easy to use. Because it is a library app, all you need for it to work is a library card and a library that has an online section. You can check out the audiobooks like a normal library. There are even considerate touches like a timer for sleep, and a manual bookmark. Unlike a physical book, these online one will automatically save your spot even if you have to turn it in, and so when/if you wanted to check it out again you will pickup where you left off! You do have a limit of 7 books checked out at a time, there are waitlists for popular titles, and it automatically returns the title after a certain amount of time (you have control over this) but I see these as minor things, and if you put a hold on a book it will automatically loan it and send you an email/notification. I love this app and would love to rant all day about why. If you are at all considering getting this I would deeply recommend.

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    I used to exclusively read e-books using my Kindle app. And don’t get me wrong: I was grateful the Kindle app was free. The problem was that I spent a fortune every year buying books. And even though I read the free samples before buying, and only purchased those I felt hooked by, it’s surprising how many books are just awful; the sample was the best part. When I found out about Libby, my life changed. I still buy books after reading on Libby if I know I’ll want to read again and again. But Libby made it possible for me to save SO much of my hard-earned money. I also love their UX—it’s easy, lovely to look at and use, and the fact you can not only put a hold on books but also delay them is fantastic. I love that I can see where I am in the waiting line. I love the in-book features such as being able to translate or define a word. I love that it detects when I’m finished and with one click can return early. I love being able to share my Libby account across devices. They make nearly everything effortless. Perhaps the only problem I have ever had was that they don’t have every single title I’ve looked for. But, thank you Libby for everything you do for me and fellow bookworms. I highly recommend to others!!

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    Finally Reading Consistently Again

    I found Libby through the App Stories and it’s been wonderful. Buying books can be costly and storage consuming (physical and in the cloud). I’m not one to browse the library and I have an incredible gift of procrastination that almost guarantees a rented physical book will not get returned on time. But insert Libby and it’s a game changer for me. The ability to rent ebook versions of some books is fantastic and I don’t have to worry about my rental being late because the ebook is automatically returned when my rental period has run out. Every year one of my resolutions is to read more and every year I don’t, until now! The app is compatible with Kindle so I can read books on my personal Kindle device or with the app. It tells you how many copies of a book are available, how many are in use, and an estimated time for how long you have to wait for your copy. I also like that there’s only 21 days to read a book. Having a specific window of time to read a book I’m interested in means that I now rarely put off finishing a book. Plus added bonus many books have audio books and they are free (goodbye Audible!). It’s been awesome to rediscover how enjoyable consuming books can be!

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    Very pleased with the performance and continued dev support

    Learning for the first time that I could borrow library books from my local library.....ONLINE, was a tremendous asset. Initially, OverDrive was used to borrow library books and to also load your own content to read. Libby only allows for library content, I believe, but the application performs reliably & well in my experience. I use it on my iPad to read at night, but also use it 6-10 hours per day listening to audiobooks while working as a valet. Rarely do I encounter problems. Customization options are handy to consume content while offline, speed up narration, auto-download new content, and setup notifications so you are aware when a book that you have placed on hold has been loaned to you and your collection. The downside is not Libby’s fault. Some libraries just don’t carry a wide variety of e-book content. The request feature can be used, but I don’t believe 1 of my probably 60 requests were ever acted upon. Do your research and obtain a library card to your local library system that has the best online offerings. Lastly, although it changes per library system, Libby points users to RBDigital to borrow and read unlimited copies of magazines across a surprising number of publications. I highly recommend you check it out.

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    FREE ebooks & audiobooks w/a library card

    If you don’t have a library card, go get one NOW! Find out where your closest public library is and go there pronto. OK, call first to ask what proof of residency they might need; they’ll probably say just 1-2 pieces of mail showing your name and address. Or maybe your library system has the application on their website. Download the Libby app and select your library from the list of library systems that appears, enter your library card barcode #, and you’re set! If you haven’t read an ebook before, go for it! You can modify background color, text size, font, and even HIGHLIGHT text or bookmark pages—then go to Reader Settings and scroll down to see all your bookmarks and highlighted passages. The app keeps your book settings so you can close and reopen the app as often as you want. (If you have any problems, just call the library helpdesk—that’s free, too!) Your library may have other ebook apps besides Libby. But Libby is hands-down the best of the two i’m familiar with. If you’re more of an audiobook fan, you can check those out, too, via the app. No more driving anywhere—you can check books out & return them in the app! All age groups, all genres. Mind blowing.

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    By far the best ebook app I’ve tried!

    This app is great overall! I have used the overdrive app and the kindle app, but Libby has to be the best I’ve used by far! I love that it allows you to sign into multiple library accounts and lets you easily access them. Books appear right after they are checked out, and they are really easy to download and read! I only have a couple features that I think would make this app even better: 1.It would be great if you were able to access your account to manage your physical books you have checked out as well as your ebooks. Several times I’ve thought to check my books to see if their due, only to realize that I can’t do that with Libby. It would be amazing if you could add that feature. 2. Another feature that would be great, is if you could add the ability to listen to an audiobook while reading an ebook, like Kindle allows you to do. But this should only be available if you have both the ebook and the audio book checked out. It is sometimes nice to be able to listen and read along at the same time. Just a couple suggestions here. Hope you get a chance to check this out. Thanks for the great app!

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    User friendly, but MAJOR drawback

    I work in a library, and borrow audiobooks and ebooks myself frequently. Former Overdrive user, now use Libby most of the time because it is more user friendly and streamlined. However, there are two big problems that mean I can’t get rid of Overdrive just yet (I switch between the two for searching). 1) Biggest problem: if you use more than one library account (if you belong to different library systems), and you place a title on hold through 1 library, Libby will not allow you to access that title through another library, EVEN IF THAT TITLE IS AVAILABLE through the other library. If you are using Libby, you must be very careful to NOT place a hold until you’ve checked all libraries you belong to. Otherwise you’ll be waiting weeks to read a book you could have accessed immediately. You also can only place a hold on a particular title through 1 library system. 2) Through Libby you can not recommend titles for your library to buy. Our library will automatically buy an item once a certain number of requests have been made. Too bad you can’t request a purchase through Libby! I do find Libby more user friendly and recommend it to library patrons who only use 1 library, and use it myself most of the time, but the above issues are major ones for me still.

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    Great app with decent features

    I’ve used this app for just over a year and have borrowed hundreds of books. I use it to listen to books while working, driving, getting stuff done, or just chilling. Like a regular library, if there are books that you would like to borrow, but are currently in use by someone else, you can place a hold on them. The app tells you approximately how long the wait will be, and can borrow the book automatically if there is space on your shelf. It keeps a record of what you’ve borrowed, but tags you place on books either don’t last for extended periods of time, or there’s a limit to how many you can have. Unfortunately, it doesn’t identify books that you’ve borrowed while browsing for something new. You have to review your history to see if you’ve borrowed a book previously. Also, the app will show all titles that they have on record, including those not available through the library card(s) you have on record. However, you can’t read the description of books that are not available to you to borrow. In general this is an easy to use app and fairly intuitive. When using an audio book, it will continue to play even while using another app or the screen is off.

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    Fantastic! A few suggestions though...

    After using OverDrive, I decided to try out Libby since the app looked so much more upgraded, if that's the right word. The interface is absolutely beautiful; borrowing books from the library is easy; and I love how my bookshelf looks more than I liked the one from OverDrive. I only have a couple of suggestions, however. 1) When I'm reading from the iBooks app, one feature I really like about it is the gray scale it uses, along with the day scale, sepia scale, and night mode. It would be absolutely awesome if Libby used this gray scale as well! And 2) I'm not sure if this was just a bug, but once when Libby froze, I had to force quit the app and re-launch it. However, I had to go through the entire "Welcome to Libby, please sign in" screen. For awhile it wasn't letting me sign in with my library card number until I had to start the app over again. It's just a tiny, minor thing, and it might have been just a bug, but I thought it was a bit odd. Nonetheless, I still think this app is awesome, and I'm so glad I downloaded it! You guys have done a fantastic job at designing this app, and it's helped me get back into reading again! So thanks! :)

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    Could be great

    So I love the convenience of the app. I don’t have lots of time so I like being able to access books through the app. The thing is there are more things I don’t like than what I do like which is why I rated it at 3 stars. First I don’t like how you can’t check out for as long as you would a regular book. Again I don’t have a lot of time so I don’t get to read as often as I would like too which leaves me always just a small portion of the way through when my time is up and I can’t recheck it out because someone else is usually waiting on it. So I have to wait weeks to continue reading it which is annoying. If I’m remembering to get on and recheck it out I should be able to, like how you would do in person. I’m also not sure how there’s such limitations to digital copies. It’s digital books should be more easily accessible. 2nd I don’t like that you can see the ratings on books but can’t read the reviews or rate the book yourself. There should also be tabs in your side bar for categories like favorite books or books you want to read etc. I get you can use the tags for that but I just feel it would be easier to have tabs. Maybe once I get a tags system of my own going I’ll feel a little differently about it. It’s a good app, a great idea but needs work.

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    Best free app ever!!

    I never thought I’d be a fan of anything other than the written word. I am a die-hard fan of paper-and-ink-books, but due to chronic illness I am not always able to hold them to read. Audio books saved the day for me and Libby in particular. I didn’t know what I was going to do when I found myself no longer able to frequent my local library as I once had. I’m so glad a librarian gave me a pamphlet introducing me to Libby. I now have access to a library’s worth of books to borrow from the comfort of my own home, any time day or night. I love that I can: set my preference to “audiobooks”, check up on the books I’ve placed on hold, search by title, author or genre, and hear samples of a book before I borrow it. I can pause or mark chapters as needed and easily find my spot if I dose off while listening (which happens often because I use them to help me sleep too), so I never miss a moment of my story. There is always a list of books suggested by librarians too which I love to peruse when I am out of ideas. Some of my new favorites are books I once thought I’d never touch. My huge heartfelt THANKS to LIBBY and all who make her possible!!!

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    A great start

    This is basically the same app as Overdrive, just prettier. One thing I love about this app that Overdrive doesn't do though, is that it lists all your loans on one page. I live in the Los Angeles area and actually have four library cards from surrounding library systems, so it's great to be able to view all those loans in one place. Which brings me to the thing that irritates me about both this app and the Overdrive one. And maybe it's just a technical issue, but I hate that neither app has a universal search function. You have to switch libraries every time you want to search for something at multiple systems. I'd love just one consolidated search that searches all the libraries that I have cards for. I realize most people probably won't have as many cards as I do, but it's seriously irritating to have to search multiple times for a book, and then if it's in multiple places, to remember which one had a shorter wait time, etc. If it was just one single search list, it'd make my life so much easier. And considering that they seem to understand that people might have multiple cards, since they included a combined bookshelf, it just seems like an odd omission to not have a combined search function.

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Reported Issues: 2 Comments

By ken chengrian
Nov 21 2021

The National Geographic pages are divided in some cases to 2 separate screens which can not be joined so a line takes two distinct screens to read. BAD

By Ginger clingens
Mar 15 2021

Pages split into columns and sections. Page corruption has happened in last 5 books I've tried to read.

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