Libraries are a gift, like everything else taxes pay for, because they’re a collective enterprise.
My local library is my newsstand, video rental store, magazine subscription service, and office. It’s a third space willing to let me bring my own coffee instead of charging me $4.50, oh, and they let me take stacks of books home for nearly a month. People should go to their local libraries.
People should also use Libby.
Libby is a new app that complements the physical offerings of local libraries. I’m an equal-opportunity book lover. I’ll read them on anything (although glossy screens are the worst). Recently, however, I’ve taken to audiobooks and started listening to books.
Libraries have always existed to give access to knowledge and stories to those who can’t afford it, and Libby is the best way to listen to the hundreds of audiobooks local libraries already have, not to mention the eBooks.
Libby is markedly more beautiful and user-friendly than the old OverDrive app and should be the default option for interfacing with the digital catalogues of local libraries.
It’s so useful, in fact, I’ll soon be posting thoughts and reviews of the books I’ve been listening to through it.
Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments.