Have You Tried the New Libby App from OverDrive Yet?


Libby Overdrive

Back in June OverDrive released a new app called Libby for borrowing ebooks and audiobooks from public libraries for free.

It basically does the same thing as the regular OverDrive app, and you have access to the same libraries and content, so I didn’t quite understand its purpose at first, but Libby offers some features the OverDrive app lacks and it’s designed to be more streamlined and easier to use.

One of the advantages with the Libby app is you can sign into multiple libraries using multiple cards, and the same library with different cards, and manage all your books and audiobooks in one place.

The app also has the option to send library ebooks to your Kindle if you’d rather read on it.

Unlike the OverDrive app, it doesn’t support streaming videos, just ebooks and audiobooks, and you can download them for offline use as well.

The Libby app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows 10. It’s also available in the Amazon appstore but it’s currently listed as incompatible with Fire tablets, but it can be easy installed by adding Google Play.

Libby Android
Libby iOS
Libby Windows

6 Responses to “Have You Tried the New Libby App from OverDrive Yet?”

  1. Wow, I work in a library (that has Overdrive and several other eBook vendors), yet I hadn’t heard about this app. Definitely going to check it out… the Overdrive app has become very confusing and unintuitive, so if this streamlines things, I’ll definitely point people to this app. Also, with the ability to use multiple cards easily, that’s a biggie for some folks. Going to have a close look at that. Thanks!!

  2. I recently tried it on an audio book…worked well!

  3. I just tried it on my Fire due to your post. MUCH better than the Overdrive app, more choices and it found my library in Tel Aviv, Israel in a few seconds. Also settings are easier too although I cannot read in the Kindle app, I can read it on Libby. Now I’ll try to download it onto my husband’s old Kindle Fire in Henrew. Thanks a lot!

  4. Hebrew. Darn that automatic corrector!

  5. I use Calibre with the Import List plugin to populate books, then the Overdrive plugin to search availability in my 8 libraries and borrow directly to my PW via WiFi. Would Libby offer some improvement over that process?

  6. I’m really liking Libby over the Overdrive app. I normally checkout books/audiobooks from a computer, and always hated that when it came to audiobooks, I had to basically go through the same process again when I wanted to listen from Overdrive. The Overdrive/Kindle checkout has really spoiled me, since it autosynced to the Kindle app/ereader.

    But with Libby, all as it should be. A checked out audiobook appears in one shelf, no matter which library you checked it out from (another OD minor irritation). The only major feature I’m missing now in Libby is Android Auto support.

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