1. Why should you buy ebooks or audiobooks if you could borrow them from the library?
2. Why should you use different apps for different libraries, if you could use Libby?
Developed by OverDrive, Libby is a next-generation application to manage the content you borrow not from one, but multiple libraries. It’s possible because you can register more than one library card.
After signing up, it takes just a few taps to find and borrow an ebook or audiobook. You can download audiobooks for offline use, but you can also stream them if you prefer to save space on your iPhone or iPad.
The greatest thing about Libby is that all the content from different libraries appears in a unified shelf, no matter which format they are. So, if your connected libraries offer audiobooks, you can borrow them just like ebooks. And you can play them within the app.
Unlike apps that offer access to free classic books, Libby is a great way to listen to free audiobooks of newly released books and hot bestsellers.
The catalog of ebooks and audiobooks offered by your public library may not be as extensive as Audible (and you may wait in a queue to borrow most popular titles), but it’s a simple, enjoyable – and most importantly – legal way to listen to audiobooks for free.
Read the full overview of the best audiobook apps for iPad and iPhone.
Benefits: Read ebooks and play audiobooks from public libraries, sign in to multiple libraries.
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone.