The Libby App: My New Best Friend

I love reading. I love books! I love spending money on books! My parents don’t love my spending copious amounts of money on books. Cha Ching! Normally, the answer would be to go to the library, but my family’s busy schedule didn’t permit bi-monthly trips to the library. So I mostly just racked up fines for books I finished but never returned.

This is where the Libby app comes into play. Libby is Overdrive’s little sibling. On Libby, you can listen to audiobooks, read e-books, and check out other digital content (think, books, magazines, and audiobooks).

Libby is great! I use the app itself mostly for listening to audiobooks. As I mentioned in my review of The Year of Less by Cait Flanders, I enjoy listening to memoirs while washing the dishes. The Libby app is great for this. I can change the listening speed by the tenth if I don’t want to stick to the standard 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 1.75x, and 2x. I tend to listen at 1.75 speed.

If you’re like me and like to listen to your books on multiple devices: phone, iPad, computer, the app with sync your progress to all of your devices!

The second way I like to use Libby is to browse my library’s collection of ebooks. I can put holds on books then check them out when it’s my turn. Here’s the best feature about Libby: you can delay the delivery of a book you have checked out. I do this a ton! If I’m still in the middle of a book when it’s up to be rented, I can just ask to have the book delivered later – in 1-180 days later to be specific! Also, your books are returned automatically for you, so you never have to worry about fines.

Honestly, Libby is the app I didn’t know I needed. I know this sounds cliche, but my life is so much richer with the Libby app in it. The Libby app facilitates my scholarly endeavors by making it easy and cheap to read and listen to books. You cannot tell me that is the best. thing. ever.

I can’t recommend this app highly enough. It’s just SO GOOD.

Install the Libby immediately! End of discussion. 

Also, in case you were wondering, I’m currently listening to Commonwealth by Ann Patchet and reading The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Funnily enough, it was Commonwealth’s cover art that first attracted me to the book when I saw it years ago. I think it’s so pretty.

What are you reading or listening to?




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