I’ve written before about e-books, e-readers, and the like. Now I’d like to introduce you to a recent discovery I made regarding my local public library and its collection.
Libby is a simple app I discovered whilst browsing through the Apple App Store. I was so intrigued that I downloaded it to my iPhone…
…and then had to go to the library to get a new library card, since my old one had expired a couple of years ago. My friend Stacey took me, since (1) I don’t have a car and (2) our public transit system is not the best in the world. Had I gone by bus, it would have involved one transfer and a long wait, only to be repeated to get home again.
Altogether, a minimum of 4 hours transportation time. And that didn’t include the time I’d spend perusing the stacks.
Once I had the new card, I was done. Stacey spent some time browsing and checking out a few videos, after which I treated her to lunch.
Then it was back home, and time to configure Libby.
It Was So Simple!
Libby first asked me for my library card number. Once it was confirmed, it then asked me a few questions about my reading preferences: did I prefer to read books in the Libby app? On my Kindle or Nook? How about on my laptop with the desktop Libby program?
Then it was off to the library…without leaving the house!
While policies may vary from library to library, the Monroe County (New York) Public Library system allows me to check out and download 8 books for 21 days each. There are also magazines, as well as audio books.
When I’m done with the current book, I just open the menu and select “Return To Library.” POOF! It’s gone from my device.
Now For The Best Part
I’ve installed Libby on my iPhone, my iPad, my Kindle, my Nook, and my Windows laptop. If I begin reading a book on the iPhone and then move over to one of the other devices, Libby asks me if I want to start anew or to sync to where I’ve read on the iPhone. From then on, Libby will always open to the furthest point I’ve read.
Okay, I stand corrected: that’s the second best thing about Libby. The best thing is it’s free!
So Why Am I Writing About Libby?
Because I’m not the only old fart senior citizen who has trouble getting around. And I thought Libby is a great idea that needs to be shared by anyone who reads.
Now go read a book!