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Libby, by OverDrive

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Discover ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines from your local library.

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    These days, there's a dearth of reading relevant literature among scores of people. Libby tries to fill this gap by not only being available 24/7, but also making it easier to find or borrow books. All that's needed is a tap. Once you own a valid library account with a participating institution, reading becomes more fun, easier and stimulating with this tool.
    img by Sharon
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    If you enjoy discovering new books and love to share your recommendations with others, this could be a very resourceful app. With more than 1,000 books featured from your local library to choose from, you will always have an exciting story to enjoy and share with others.
    img by Renu
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    If you want to travel the world or even to another universe in your 30 minutes of free time, an audiobook on your phone can be an entertaining or educational escape.
    img by Sharon
    9 months ago
  • img Community
    Your dream library shouldn't cost you $1000 or more. If you want to save money on books, then look no further than the mobile resources that will send you notifications on nearby sales, drops in prices, or help you bundle books from your favorite authors.
    img by Sharon
    5 months ago
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    Why on earth close RB Digital for Libby? Jul 21, 2021

    By Curly James
    Worst ever app. I used to be able to automatically download (on RB Digital) all titles of magazines that I loved. Now with Libby I have to go in, select, borrow. Not only that, when I try and open a magazine it just sits there saying “downloading” and nothing happens. When it does it just freezes continuously. I just abhor this app and I dread trying to open a magazine. Sooooo frustrating and does not make for a pleasant experience. Bring back RB Digital PPPLLLEEEEEAAAASSSSEE.
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    Why does Libby give me US magazines??? May 1, 2021

    By Fedup Reader
    I have been happily using RBDigital for a long time - no problems, a good selection of UK magazines. Now it has all moved to Libby, so if I search for 'Good Housekeeping' I get the US version first, and have to scroll down for some distance to find the correct version. I AM NOT AMERICAN! - why can't we have a UK version, or better still, go back to reliable RB Digital? I am so sick of being bullied by US tech companies.
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    Libby you must be kidding? Apr 28, 2021

    By Sb
    Libby is the worst app ever sold, especially when considering that Libby has replaced RBDigital, which worked fine. I cannot understand why anyone would shut down what works and force taxpayers (the taxpayers pay for the library) to actually pay for this incompetent mess. Time to recover RBDigital and toss Libby into the closest trash can.
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    Always problems with this app Apr 22, 2021

    By SK Camper
    Every time you search for something it freezes up it loses your place where you're looking for a book to read. You set your preferences to Kindle pick a book and find out it's an audiobook. It takes like 5 minutes for it to go back to the page you were looking at it's slow as hell and it repeats books two or three times. Every time I go to Libby I brace myself for the disappointment of using it someone needs to fix this app seems like nobody cares.
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    Constantly Freezing, Few Book Options. Feb 3, 2021

    By Heather M Garcia
    This app is terrible. It's constantly freezing, which really sucks. Especially in the middle of reading an exciting scene, and you try to change the page, and NOTHING happens. There also are very many book options. They will have 1 book out of a series, and it is usually the 3rd or 4th one. Makes to freaking sense! Go back to R & B Digital!
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    Libby Audiobooks Skip Chapters - Why ?! TERRIBLE APP ! GO BACK TO OVERDRIVE UNTIL LIBBY GETS FIXED Jan 21, 2021

    By Roger U
    I listen to audiobooks from the library a lot. Cloud Library, RB Digital, Overdrive, etc. and our library switched to Libby now and I HATE IT ! Seems like EVERY book skips around when chapters should be IN ORDER ! This latest one jumped from chapter 4 to 11 then 14 to 16, it is a HUGE PAIN and ruins the whole thing. No othe app had such a problem. Thankfully for now Overdrive still works so I'll use that instead. Libby should get ZERO stars. I'm listening on a PC computer...
  • Great App, Great Service Aug 1, 2020

    By AmeliaBedelia22
    Libby is an essential app for book lovers, particularly during this time when many libraries are closed to visitors. I have been using the app for several years and always been happy with it. Recently, updates to the app have made it even better—particularly the option to have a hold delivered later (useful when multiple holds come available at the same time). The app is easy to use for reading and listening on the go, but I also love the ease of sending ebooks to my Kindle when I want a larger screen. (One downside is not being able to send audiobooks to Audible, which would enable whispersync between ebook and audiobook for readers who are doing both, but I suspect that’s an issue with Amazon’s audiobook model rather than the library.) I like being able to track how long I will need to wait for a book (Libby often overestimates the wait time, which I appreciate because then I’m pleasantly surprised when the book becomes available early). I appreciate being able to link multiple library cards in one app and switch between them easily. When it comes to potential negatives for some readers (such as long wait times for popular books), it’s important to remember that those issues are just part of being a library reader rather than buying all your books—not an issue with the app itself. Go ahead and place the hold; high demand for a book often encourages public libraries to purchase additional copies (or digital licenses) for the book.
  • Jul 29, 2021

    By Kaylee Wolodko
    I only borrow audiobooks nowadays. I love the options such as setting a sleep timer, rewind and fast-forward options, and speed control to name a few. I am able to use my library card from the city I moved from, which turned out to be great because with the pandemic I was unable to get a full access library card in my current city. Never experienced any issues with the app but selection is limited and wait times are often several months.
  • Love! Sep 29, 2020

    By xjustindrewbieber
    I think it's so cool how you can use this with your library card. This is my go to reading app! I just wish it was available for NOOK tablets. Kind of an old device, but it's sort of a drag to read a book on overdrive and it not be synced up with my libby app therefore it wasn't tracking my reading time. Other than that, love it. Some people are complaining on here that they have to wait 5 months for a book or so... can't you find a book that isn't super popular right now and put a hold on what you want? That's how you discover really good books. Patience and curiosity. I find it super annoying/entitled that people are saying this because eventually it will be your turn, just have patience and read something else. If you want it that bad, buy it 🙄. It's not libby's fault and I think it's also unfair to assume someone isn't reading a book because they're taking their time with it. There are plenty of books out there chill out. I however do think there should be a system though where it detects if a book has been opened frequently or not so then people who do need a book for school or something can get it because its much more needed by them obviously. The reason this is my favorite reading app is because of the synchronization aspect and that it can track your reading time. You can disable that, but personally, its why I love Libby the most. 💜
  • Convert from OverDrive Mar 6, 2020

    By CleanUI
    Finally I have switched from OverDrive to Libby. I loved the simplicity of OverDrive but eventually Libby’s overall better usability won me over. Libby is a must-have app for any avid reader/audiobook listener. I loved the recent addition of the feature of delivering later, very convenient for those of us who place holds on multiple books since it is difficult to predict when a book will indeed be available. This likely will shorten the overall wait for everyone in the waiting list. I also very much appreciate the ability to view a history of my search terms and it seems to search across all my libraries (significantly improved over OverDrive), although Libby does not clearly indicate whether it does search across libraries. This could perhaps be improved. I would have given a 4.5 rating but there is option for half points. A few improvements are desired. For one, it is never clear to me which direction my finger should slide to forward/rewind, and I often do the opposite, hence taking more time due to the confusion. It would be much better to have clearly indicated rewind/forward direction, e.g., those 15 sec rewind/forward buttons in OverDrive. Another suggestion is to make it easier to access the book details for books on my shelf. Right now ”view title details” is buried several menu clicks deep. I still use OverDrive to recommend books that my libraries don’t have — would be great to be able to do this in Libby.
  • Highly Recommend Libby to EVERYBODY!! Aug 12, 2020

    By Ash Sav 333
    I absolutely love Libby! This app is a fantastic source of knowledge and literature and I’m grateful for finding it. With my library card I easily gain access to the plentiful selection of books in my local library! This is wonderful in moments, especially those we’re in now, facing corona virus, but also if you cannot get to a library for any reason other than that there after. The simple curtesy of lending goes far too unnoticed these days and this was such a creative idea to bring our library’s into our homes! I highly recommend this app to all who loves to read, and for those who intend to put the book back on the shelf when finished. I love that there are audiobook’s as well! This is highly appealing and makes it easier to get through books quickly but also for those with children AND for children— Essentially those that are too busy to read. I am able to play the audio and the book is read aloud to me making me able to do my work, housework, and even shower while listening! Thank you to the developers of Libby and the team who made this possible!! I am so happy that this app was made in an easy to use format and accessible to everyone!! From the simple appealing layout to the easy accessibility and attention put into detail, this app was clearly well thought out and I could tell!
  • Jul 17, 2021

    By Sylvia Smith
    I use this to access audio books from my public library. Libby is easy to use. I am happy with this app and recommend it. An earlier version had the ability to place a request or suggestion to our local library. My library carries a series I enjoy but its limited to 1-17, then jumps to #28 and beyond. Its been this way for a couple years now. We have no way to contact through app where once we could. Please explain the reasoning involved with leaving that feature behind. Thanks!
  • Fantastic interface Feb 17, 2019

    By Phaikfancy
    I’ve only browsed one ebook sample but have listened to several audiobooks and the interface is leaps and bounds better than Hoopla and OverDrive. Cons: I’d give it a 5th star if the sleep timer for audiobooks had more than the 30 minute option (custom timer would be best along with 15 minute intervals up to an hour, then 30 minute intervals thereafter), the UI colors could be customized (at the least a dark mode, but I’d also like to change the blurred background color for audiobooks while in landscape mode), and I could customize my library card color tags/icons? (a minor gripe but two of my cards are too similar in color). I’m also not a fan of the settings menu but I can’t put my finger on why right now... Pros: The book layout is great (Hoopla doesn’t even do landscape or two page mode🤬). As a whole, the Libby interface puts books at your fingertips quickly and offers a sleek & modern yet minimalist design that appeals to the eyes. The sort/refine/preferences works well although an ability to sort series by order in the series both ascending and descending is missing. The ability to sync Libby across multiple devices is FANTASTIC (again, looking at you Hoopla) and saves the hassle of logging in on each device and manually downloading each book (again, Hoopla, sup?). The audio/book sample feature (Hoopla comeon!) is conveniently placed, as is the book sample, review, and jacket information.
  • Jul 27, 2021

    By Kyle M
    I want to give the app a lower rating because it constantly freezes and force closes, but what can you expect for free? It has a good selection of libraries to borrow books from, but otherwise it is pretty buggy. I'd recommend this app if you want free access to audio and ebooks, but be warned, you'll be rebooting the app every 15-25 minutes.
  • Libby Rating as compared to Cloud Library Aug 5, 2019

    By nkeefover
    I give Libby a 5 star rating. It was so very easy to work with, so easy to figure out. I never had to request help from the library staff. I have read more than 60 audio books using Libby App. Search is easy. Returns are automatic or if you want to return early, no problem it is a simple procedure. Hold worked without a hitch. I cannot praise this App. Enough. Port Saint Lucie Libraries has now switched us to "Cloud Library"for all audio books. I have had one problem after another with this "Cloud Library". App. First of all I cannot seem to set my setting the way I would like. I accidentally requested an e-book on this app. And couldn't figure out how to return it. It was on the app. Showing overdue for awhile, may still,be,out there somewhere. I did go to the library and try to get help, however there seems to be only one person who can help, and she had not responded to my request for help and it has been 2 weeks. And, the gentleman with whom I spoke when I went to the library tried to convince me that it was NOT possible to borrow an ebook in Cloud Library even tho I have a photo of that book indicating that it is in an overdue status. I am looking forward to the day I am asked to review "Cloud Library", I will go into more depth re: my problems working with this App.
  • Jul 21, 2021

    By Stephy La Shizz
    I truly love this app. So simple. The app can help you get a library card and has access to so many books, even things I didnt expect to find ("against the web" by the late great Michael brooks, specifically). Anytime I think of a title I can pull up the app, search and usually find it. If you highlight a word while reading it will also show you the definition, so great for people who find themselves distracted or discouraged by reading new words. My favorite app, possibly ever. AND NO ADS EVER
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    Why on earth close RB Digital for Libby? Jul 21, 2021

    By Curly James
    Worst ever app. I used to be able to automatically download (on RB Digital) all titles of magazines that I loved. Now with Libby I have to go in, select, borrow. Not only that, when I try and open a magazine it just sits there saying “downloading” and nothing happens. When it does it just freezes continuously. I just abhor this app and I dread trying to open a magazine. Sooooo frustrating and does not make for a pleasant experience. Bring back RB Digital PPPLLLEEEEEAAAASSSSEE.
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    Why does Libby give me US magazines??? May 1, 2021

    By Fedup Reader
    I have been happily using RBDigital for a long time - no problems, a good selection of UK magazines. Now it has all moved to Libby, so if I search for 'Good Housekeeping' I get the US version first, and have to scroll down for some distance to find the correct version. I AM NOT AMERICAN! - why can't we have a UK version, or better still, go back to reliable RB Digital? I am so sick of being bullied by US tech companies.
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    Libby you must be kidding? Apr 28, 2021

    By Sb
    Libby is the worst app ever sold, especially when considering that Libby has replaced RBDigital, which worked fine. I cannot understand why anyone would shut down what works and force taxpayers (the taxpayers pay for the library) to actually pay for this incompetent mess. Time to recover RBDigital and toss Libby into the closest trash can.
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    Always problems with this app Apr 22, 2021

    By SK Camper
    Every time you search for something it freezes up it loses your place where you're looking for a book to read. You set your preferences to Kindle pick a book and find out it's an audiobook. It takes like 5 minutes for it to go back to the page you were looking at it's slow as hell and it repeats books two or three times. Every time I go to Libby I brace myself for the disappointment of using it someone needs to fix this app seems like nobody cares.
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    Constantly Freezing, Few Book Options. Feb 3, 2021

    By Heather M Garcia
    This app is terrible. It's constantly freezing, which really sucks. Especially in the middle of reading an exciting scene, and you try to change the page, and NOTHING happens. There also are very many book options. They will have 1 book out of a series, and it is usually the 3rd or 4th one. Makes to freaking sense! Go back to R & B Digital!
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    Libby Audiobooks Skip Chapters - Why ?! TERRIBLE APP ! GO BACK TO OVERDRIVE UNTIL LIBBY GETS FIXED Jan 21, 2021

    By Roger U
    I listen to audiobooks from the library a lot. Cloud Library, RB Digital, Overdrive, etc. and our library switched to Libby now and I HATE IT ! Seems like EVERY book skips around when chapters should be IN ORDER ! This latest one jumped from chapter 4 to 11 then 14 to 16, it is a HUGE PAIN and ruins the whole thing. No othe app had such a problem. Thankfully for now Overdrive still works so I'll use that instead. Libby should get ZERO stars. I'm listening on a PC computer...
  • Jul 27, 2021

    By Bernard Dobbs
    The app itself is simple to use thanks to its uncluttered layout. However, ability challenged people who need to use text to speech will find Libby useless. Libby is set up to protect digital rights management above all else. Hence the way a book page is rendered in Libby means that no text to speech reader can work with it. If the book you want does not have a spoken audio version, you're out of luck. DRM comes first, disabled people last... yet again.
  • Jul 17, 2021

    By Jessica Kennedy
    Like others, my app stopped working after the recent update in July 2021. At first, I couldn't listen to a book for more than 15 minutes at a time before the app would crash and only a phone restart would fix it. Now, I tap the app and it's just a black screen. Emailed support and just got a form email back with "troubleshooting tips" that amounted to "try turning it off and turning it back on again." Disappointed after recommending the app to everyone I know for years.
  • Irritating UI Mar 4, 2021

    By ubw2k
    My library just switched from RBDigital to Libby. First off, I was disappointed there was not a way to import my existing subscriptions / lists. Next, the browsing feature is maddening: books and single-issue publications are mixed in with periodicals. Making matters worse, after ~10 screens the entire list automatically “refreshes” for no reason — I was still reviewing results of my original search — and auto-scrolls back to the TOP of the list. Oh joy, now I get to try to remember which items I’ve already tagged as I scroll past them all again. Really annoying and error-prone. Then, when borrowing and beginning to read an item there are LONG delays when trying to flip past the first page. But don’t worry, the app “helpfully” remembers all your attempted page turns while it’s stalled... so when the new pages are FINALLY downloaded it rapidly executes ALL those page flips you thought it was missing...and you’re suddenly on page 13! Really dumb. And then if you happen to power off while zoomed in on a particular page... surprise! you’re on a completely different (random?)page when you power back on. Suffice to say, I see MUCH room for improvement, and much preferred RBDigital. But I must use what my library has chosen. And it does “work” (to a low standard) for reading periodicals from the comfort of my home... so I’m grateful for that. I hope the developers will improve the app. It can be so much better!
  • Jul 27, 2021

    By Mark Jones
    The app uses a non-standard UI design and layout which makes it difficult to navigate. I used Libby because my library offers 30 days access to newspapers via PressReader but I need to re-authorise via Libby every 30 days. The link only creates new PressReader accounts. As I already have a PressReader account with saved content & configured as I like, I don't want to create a new account every 30 days. Libby support tried to pass blame to my library but it's obviously a coding/design issue.
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    These days, there's a dearth of reading relevant literature among scores of people. Libby tries to fill this gap by not only being available 24/7, but also making it easier to find or borrow books. All that's needed is a tap. Once you own a valid library account with a participating institution, reading becomes more fun, easier and stimulating with this tool.
    img by Sharon
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    If you enjoy discovering new books and love to share your recommendations with others, this could be a very resourceful app. With more than 1,000 books featured from your local library to choose from, you will always have an exciting story to enjoy and share with others.
    img by Renu
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    If you want to travel the world or even to another universe in your 30 minutes of free time, an audiobook on your phone can be an entertaining or educational escape.
    img by Sharon
    9 months ago
  • img Community
    Your dream library shouldn't cost you $1000 or more. If you want to save money on books, then look no further than the mobile resources that will send you notifications on nearby sales, drops in prices, or help you bundle books from your favorite authors.
    img by Sharon
    5 months ago
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    Why on earth close RB Digital for Libby? Jul 21, 2021

    By Curly James
    Worst ever app. I used to be able to automatically download (on RB Digital) all titles of magazines that I loved. Now with Libby I have to go in, select, borrow. Not only that, when I try and open a magazine it just sits there saying “downloading” and nothing happens. When it does it just freezes continuously. I just abhor this app and I dread trying to open a magazine. Sooooo frustrating and does not make for a pleasant experience. Bring back RB Digital PPPLLLEEEEEAAAASSSSEE.
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    Why does Libby give me US magazines??? May 1, 2021

    By Fedup Reader
    I have been happily using RBDigital for a long time - no problems, a good selection of UK magazines. Now it has all moved to Libby, so if I search for 'Good Housekeeping' I get the US version first, and have to scroll down for some distance to find the correct version. I AM NOT AMERICAN! - why can't we have a UK version, or better still, go back to reliable RB Digital? I am so sick of being bullied by US tech companies.
  • img Community

    Libby you must be kidding? Apr 28, 2021

    By Sb
    Libby is the worst app ever sold, especially when considering that Libby has replaced RBDigital, which worked fine. I cannot understand why anyone would shut down what works and force taxpayers (the taxpayers pay for the library) to actually pay for this incompetent mess. Time to recover RBDigital and toss Libby into the closest trash can.
  • img Community

    Always problems with this app Apr 22, 2021

    By SK Camper
    Every time you search for something it freezes up it loses your place where you're looking for a book to read. You set your preferences to Kindle pick a book and find out it's an audiobook. It takes like 5 minutes for it to go back to the page you were looking at it's slow as hell and it repeats books two or three times. Every time I go to Libby I brace myself for the disappointment of using it someone needs to fix this app seems like nobody cares.
  • img Community

    Constantly Freezing, Few Book Options. Feb 3, 2021

    By Heather M Garcia
    This app is terrible. It's constantly freezing, which really sucks. Especially in the middle of reading an exciting scene, and you try to change the page, and NOTHING happens. There also are very many book options. They will have 1 book out of a series, and it is usually the 3rd or 4th one. Makes to freaking sense! Go back to R & B Digital!
  • img Community

    Libby Audiobooks Skip Chapters - Why ?! TERRIBLE APP ! GO BACK TO OVERDRIVE UNTIL LIBBY GETS FIXED Jan 21, 2021

    By Roger U
    I listen to audiobooks from the library a lot. Cloud Library, RB Digital, Overdrive, etc. and our library switched to Libby now and I HATE IT ! Seems like EVERY book skips around when chapters should be IN ORDER ! This latest one jumped from chapter 4 to 11 then 14 to 16, it is a HUGE PAIN and ruins the whole thing. No othe app had such a problem. Thankfully for now Overdrive still works so I'll use that instead. Libby should get ZERO stars. I'm listening on a PC computer...
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    1. Library visits for the 21st century! Discover ebooks and audiobooks from your local library, and check them out without ever leaving your home
    2. The perfect way to preview! Sample any book with a tap, no check-out required
    3. Loans, holds, reading positions, bookmarks and notes are synchronized automatically across all your registered LIbby devices

    Reviewed by Kaylin on July 19, 2018

  • Great App, Great Service Aug 1, 2020

    By AmeliaBedelia22
    Libby is an essential app for book lovers, particularly during this time when many libraries are closed to visitors. I have been using the app for several years and always been happy with it. Recently, updates to the app have made it even better—particularly the option to have a hold delivered later (useful when multiple holds come available at the same time). The app is easy to use for reading and listening on the go, but I also love the ease of sending ebooks to my Kindle when I want a larger screen. (One downside is not being able to send audiobooks to Audible, which would enable whispersync between ebook and audiobook for readers who are doing both, but I suspect that’s an issue with Amazon’s audiobook model rather than the library.) I like being able to track how long I will need to wait for a book (Libby often overestimates the wait time, which I appreciate because then I’m pleasantly surprised when the book becomes available early). I appreciate being able to link multiple library cards in one app and switch between them easily. When it comes to potential negatives for some readers (such as long wait times for popular books), it’s important to remember that those issues are just part of being a library reader rather than buying all your books—not an issue with the app itself. Go ahead and place the hold; high demand for a book often encourages public libraries to purchase additional copies (or digital licenses) for the book.
  • Love! Sep 29, 2020

    By xjustindrewbieber
    I think it's so cool how you can use this with your library card. This is my go to reading app! I just wish it was available for NOOK tablets. Kind of an old device, but it's sort of a drag to read a book on overdrive and it not be synced up with my libby app therefore it wasn't tracking my reading time. Other than that, love it. Some people are complaining on here that they have to wait 5 months for a book or so... can't you find a book that isn't super popular right now and put a hold on what you want? That's how you discover really good books. Patience and curiosity. I find it super annoying/entitled that people are saying this because eventually it will be your turn, just have patience and read something else. If you want it that bad, buy it 🙄. It's not libby's fault and I think it's also unfair to assume someone isn't reading a book because they're taking their time with it. There are plenty of books out there chill out. I however do think there should be a system though where it detects if a book has been opened frequently or not so then people who do need a book for school or something can get it because its much more needed by them obviously. The reason this is my favorite reading app is because of the synchronization aspect and that it can track your reading time. You can disable that, but personally, its why I love Libby the most. 💜
  • Highly Recommend Libby to EVERYBODY!! Aug 12, 2020

    By Ash Sav 333
    I absolutely love Libby! This app is a fantastic source of knowledge and literature and I’m grateful for finding it. With my library card I easily gain access to the plentiful selection of books in my local library! This is wonderful in moments, especially those we’re in now, facing corona virus, but also if you cannot get to a library for any reason other than that there after. The simple curtesy of lending goes far too unnoticed these days and this was such a creative idea to bring our library’s into our homes! I highly recommend this app to all who loves to read, and for those who intend to put the book back on the shelf when finished. I love that there are audiobook’s as well! This is highly appealing and makes it easier to get through books quickly but also for those with children AND for children— Essentially those that are too busy to read. I am able to play the audio and the book is read aloud to me making me able to do my work, housework, and even shower while listening! Thank you to the developers of Libby and the team who made this possible!! I am so happy that this app was made in an easy to use format and accessible to everyone!! From the simple appealing layout to the easy accessibility and attention put into detail, this app was clearly well thought out and I could tell!
  • Libby Rating as compared to Cloud Library Aug 5, 2019

    By nkeefover
    I give Libby a 5 star rating. It was so very easy to work with, so easy to figure out. I never had to request help from the library staff. I have read more than 60 audio books using Libby App. Search is easy. Returns are automatic or if you want to return early, no problem it is a simple procedure. Hold worked without a hitch. I cannot praise this App. Enough. Port Saint Lucie Libraries has now switched us to "Cloud Library"for all audio books. I have had one problem after another with this "Cloud Library". App. First of all I cannot seem to set my setting the way I would like. I accidentally requested an e-book on this app. And couldn't figure out how to return it. It was on the app. Showing overdue for awhile, may still,be,out there somewhere. I did go to the library and try to get help, however there seems to be only one person who can help, and she had not responded to my request for help and it has been 2 weeks. And, the gentleman with whom I spoke when I went to the library tried to convince me that it was NOT possible to borrow an ebook in Cloud Library even tho I have a photo of that book indicating that it is in an overdue status. I am looking forward to the day I am asked to review "Cloud Library", I will go into more depth re: my problems working with this App.
  • Jul 21, 2021

    By Stephy La Shizz
    I truly love this app. So simple. The app can help you get a library card and has access to so many books, even things I didnt expect to find ("against the web" by the late great Michael brooks, specifically). Anytime I think of a title I can pull up the app, search and usually find it. If you highlight a word while reading it will also show you the definition, so great for people who find themselves distracted or discouraged by reading new words. My favorite app, possibly ever. AND NO ADS EVER
  • Fantastic App! Actually free and everything that they advertise Mar 9, 2021

    By don Remke
    I started using this app because it said that I could borrow for free if I had a library card. I didn’t have one, but after putting my address and email in I was given access through my local library. Since then I have finished 9 books and dont plan on stopping. The app is super easy to use, the loans are very easy to renew if I do go over the 21 day period, and I really enjoy the feature that gives definitions or translations to words and phrases that you highlight in the book. I dont have a Kindle but it offers the option to borrow the book on a Kindle device, I just read on my phone and have had zero issues. I tried an audiobook and they seem to work well, they are less available than the ebooks which is why i dont usually use them. The only complaint I have, and maybe this is just the series that I am reading, but the Books in Series search could be improved, it seems cluttered with a bunch of different versions of the same books and not always in order. To be fair, i am reading the Agatha Christie books and theyve been republished a hundred different ways so maybe im just working with a difficult series. Either way, fantastic app, happy as can be with it, if you want to read ebooks then this app is perfect for you.
  • The Best App Jan 30, 2020

    By sparklingtortoise
    You know how every once in a while you think to yourself: “maybe all these podcasters are onto something and I should subscribe to audible after all” but then you google it and it’s money and you think “I don’t have money to spend on this I don’t even know if I will use it” so you just feel a little sad because you’re not even sure you like audiobooks but some part of you feels like your missing out? Have I got a solution for you! This app lets you listen to FREE AUDIOBOOKS! Good popular ones too! Libraries are amazing but sometimes inconvenient. This app makes your library’s content accessible! You can borrow books and read them on your kindle and you can put your kindle on airplane mode so the books stay there past the return date and you don’t even need to feel guilty about it because whoever is on hold still gets access to the book whether it is sneakily still on your device or not. I’m not a great review writer, I don’t write a lot of reviews, but this app is honestly the best thing in the world please do yourself a favor and use it. Free books, audio books, magazines (though I’ve never used it for magazines but theoretically you can), it’s life changing. You do need a library card, but you should probably get one of those anyways libraries are the bomb.
  • Jul 19, 2021

    By Jeremy Smith
    Love this app. So many great titles, old, new, rare, all for free with a library card! I see this as a great free offering for those who may not be able to afford Audible, but still want quality audiobooks and books that are put together professionally. Librivox has great non-fiction titles, great concept, but the narration is poor, many times and the sound quality can vary. When I listen to audiobooks on here, the title is always read in a way that I believe the author would want, many times.
  • This App Is My Favorite! May 28, 2020

    By AXW9
    I am an avid reader, and I would much rather use the public library than buy the books myself. Too many books can get expensive. However, my life gets busy, and I often forget to return my books in a timely manner. Using Libby makes that a non-issue: if I decide I no longer want to read the books, I can easily return them early. Or if I have become distracted, the book is immediately returned on the due date. The convenience of always having my book with my without having to remember anything additional makes my life so much easier for those moments when I get stuck waiting somewhere unexpectedly. The app itself is simple enough to use and easily syncs between devices and the web reader. Genres, authors, and series are clearly cross referenced. The audiobooks connect to my home and car speakers with the same ease as streaming music. Audiobooks usually download to your device while you have them rented, so there is less issues of being out of service range or using up data when on mobile. All in all, Libby has made my live as an active reader better in all the ways. The accessibility means everything to me, and I would strongly encourage it to everyone. Support your local libraries!
  • Jul 27, 2021

    By Deana Rogers
    This is my first time using the Libby App and I really Like it, I also have Over Drive and one of the features that Libby offers that I wished Over Drive did as well because I love this feature is the fact that I can Tag the books I like and put them into Categories ex. Audio Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Crafts ect. LOVE IT. Can even do a list of your favorite Authors and add their Books to their list. In Over Drive I have to scroll threw all my books to fine a specific one.
  • Jul 29, 2021

    By Kaylee Wolodko
    I only borrow audiobooks nowadays. I love the options such as setting a sleep timer, rewind and fast-forward options, and speed control to name a few. I am able to use my library card from the city I moved from, which turned out to be great because with the pandemic I was unable to get a full access library card in my current city. Never experienced any issues with the app but selection is limited and wait times are often several months.
  • Convert from OverDrive Mar 6, 2020

    By CleanUI
    Finally I have switched from OverDrive to Libby. I loved the simplicity of OverDrive but eventually Libby’s overall better usability won me over. Libby is a must-have app for any avid reader/audiobook listener. I loved the recent addition of the feature of delivering later, very convenient for those of us who place holds on multiple books since it is difficult to predict when a book will indeed be available. This likely will shorten the overall wait for everyone in the waiting list. I also very much appreciate the ability to view a history of my search terms and it seems to search across all my libraries (significantly improved over OverDrive), although Libby does not clearly indicate whether it does search across libraries. This could perhaps be improved. I would have given a 4.5 rating but there is option for half points. A few improvements are desired. For one, it is never clear to me which direction my finger should slide to forward/rewind, and I often do the opposite, hence taking more time due to the confusion. It would be much better to have clearly indicated rewind/forward direction, e.g., those 15 sec rewind/forward buttons in OverDrive. Another suggestion is to make it easier to access the book details for books on my shelf. Right now ”view title details” is buried several menu clicks deep. I still use OverDrive to recommend books that my libraries don’t have — would be great to be able to do this in Libby.
  • Jul 17, 2021

    By Sylvia Smith
    I use this to access audio books from my public library. Libby is easy to use. I am happy with this app and recommend it. An earlier version had the ability to place a request or suggestion to our local library. My library carries a series I enjoy but its limited to 1-17, then jumps to #28 and beyond. Its been this way for a couple years now. We have no way to contact through app where once we could. Please explain the reasoning involved with leaving that feature behind. Thanks!
  • Fantastic interface Feb 17, 2019

    By Phaikfancy
    I’ve only browsed one ebook sample but have listened to several audiobooks and the interface is leaps and bounds better than Hoopla and OverDrive. Cons: I’d give it a 5th star if the sleep timer for audiobooks had more than the 30 minute option (custom timer would be best along with 15 minute intervals up to an hour, then 30 minute intervals thereafter), the UI colors could be customized (at the least a dark mode, but I’d also like to change the blurred background color for audiobooks while in landscape mode), and I could customize my library card color tags/icons? (a minor gripe but two of my cards are too similar in color). I’m also not a fan of the settings menu but I can’t put my finger on why right now... Pros: The book layout is great (Hoopla doesn’t even do landscape or two page mode🤬). As a whole, the Libby interface puts books at your fingertips quickly and offers a sleek & modern yet minimalist design that appeals to the eyes. The sort/refine/preferences works well although an ability to sort series by order in the series both ascending and descending is missing. The ability to sync Libby across multiple devices is FANTASTIC (again, looking at you Hoopla) and saves the hassle of logging in on each device and manually downloading each book (again, Hoopla, sup?). The audio/book sample feature (Hoopla comeon!) is conveniently placed, as is the book sample, review, and jacket information.
  • Jul 14, 2021

    By Brooke Canaris
    Lots of books! Easy to use! 1 problem though...if you are listening to an audiobook and set the speed faster, it doesnt let you unpause it. You have to reset it to the original speed, unpause it, and then set the speed you want again. Besides that little glitch, its very nice! I recomend this app, especially if you are already a bookworm with a library card who doesnt have access to books. Currently, you can not get an online card; I hope this will change in the future. Cant write enough great t
  • Any book . . . Nov 28, 2020

    By Inisfree2014
    The way I use audiobooks is to acquire the book (via library or purchase) and then go to Libby or OverDrive and “borrow” the exact audiobook. Then, I read along in the book while listening to the audiobook. Advantage: I remain focused longer. Words or phrases in a foreign language are pronounced correctly and usually with appropriate accent. And most important, I move right along and finish the book much quicker than otherwise. This allows me to “read” many more books. Another advantage, if the book is read by the author, that’s an “extra.” You feel like you are sitting in their private library, next to their fireplace and having a private audience. It’s very personal. To me, this way of combining both the text and the audiobook book, I get the best of both worlds. When I listen to just the audiobook alone, I find myself drifting and losing my concentration. With the book in front of me and reading along, I remain enthusiastically involved. Say I want to hear or read a sentence or paragraph again - just hit the 15 second repeat button - Voila! Two examples: “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” series. EXCELLENT! All those Swedish addresses and names of places. Second example, any book with necessary minutia such as Ron Chernow’s, “Hamilton.” Both of these books are wonderful on audiobooks. Worked for me! Try it! You might like it . . .
  • Jul 21, 2021

    By Linda Hunter
    I love reading and this app is perfect on my tablet because it's so easy to see. I would have given it a 5, but sometimes you have to wait forever for a book. For some authors that I really like, the selection is very limited. Technical is wonderful except for the battery. Books don't need to be plugged in.
  • Horrible changes . Pls reevaluate. No longer will I or friends endorse Libby. Sorry to leave. Apr 7, 2021

    By Back Porch Reader
    There seems to be a robust review which I will likely delete Libby as my choice to read and go back to Overdrive. It seems s constantly alerting me on on how many are waiting, yet I have supported my libraries substantially for years, and this is “ in your face” . I often return earlier but yet when I miss a book, I wait full length of time as I have observed very, very few return books early. I do not care for your recent changes at all. Sorry this app has gotten much too invasive. Can no longer enjoy a right to enjoy books after my donations and giving untold numbers of books to libraries. I ask for nothing but a pleasurable experience and “ Libby” has ruined that. Sorry you must do better as all of my friends are voicing same concerns. No one likes your overhaul. Why don’t you consider we pay taxes to fund libraries and many give above that amount. It is insult to see how many are reading books to rush us and I’ve even returned without even reading. I wait full time with no one returning earlier than 14 days, and I return promptly. It is over for me. Sorry. You gone opposite and donations will also be halting. Sorry but too much is too much in your face. I’m very kind but this last change has irritated me .
  • Jul 23, 2021

    By D none
    Update 7/21: I am able to update my previously critical review. The apps stability has significantly improved. The app no longer crashes on basic functions and the paging is major plus. 4 stars instead of 5 because the preferences still need some work as they don't always apply correctly. Usually it is the sort order that isn't applied.
  • Great app with decent features Nov 16, 2019

    By Liz J.R.
    I’ve used this app for just over a year and have borrowed hundreds of books. I use it to listen to books while working, driving, getting stuff done, or just chilling. Like a regular library, if there are books that you would like to borrow, but are currently in use by someone else, you can place a hold on them. The app tells you approximately how long the wait will be, and can borrow the book automatically if there is space on your shelf. It keeps a record of what you’ve borrowed, but tags you place on books either don’t last for extended periods of time, or there’s a limit to how many you can have. Unfortunately, it doesn’t identify books that you’ve borrowed while browsing for something new. You have to review your history to see if you’ve borrowed a book previously. Also, the app will show all titles that they have on record, including those not available through the library card(s) you have on record. However, you can’t read the description of books that are not available to you to borrow. In general this is an easy to use app and fairly intuitive. When using an audio book, it will continue to play even while using another app or the screen is off.
  • Jul 27, 2021

    By Kyle M
    I want to give the app a lower rating because it constantly freezes and force closes, but what can you expect for free? It has a good selection of libraries to borrow books from, but otherwise it is pretty buggy. I'd recommend this app if you want free access to audio and ebooks, but be warned, you'll be rebooting the app every 15-25 minutes.
  • Jul 23, 2021

    By Noel J Griffin
    Great for most things but messy for magazines. Nothing other than the actual act of reading a magazine is simple. It's particularly not obvious how to manage 'subscriptions' it should be easy to subscribe to a publication rather than having to keep searching for it. Even if it didn't automatically borrow a new issue. It's nice and simple for ebooks and audio books in general though.
  • Quarantine May 14, 2020

    By Softball_lex_star_14
    I really love this and I have found no problems with it yet. This allows me to go to the library during quarantine without leaving my house. I have just one problem...I wish it would let us download movie too for free. That would give it a thousand stars but also one other thing. I have put a hold on a book April 10th there were only two people ahead of me and you can only have it for a week. It is now May 14th. And I have moved up in line to one so I will get the book next. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A MONTH and it keeps saying “wait time 2 weeks” I am getting so mad about it because either there is a glitch or they are allowing this person to just keep renewing it and renewing it and I’m sooooo mad because I really want to read this book and I placed a hold on something that was 26 weeks and that book is down to 4 weeks so I should have the other book by now but I still don’t have it. You really need to change this because it is not okay that some people can just have it for that long because my guess is they barley read it, they want to read it but they read like a page a day where I can get books done IN a day. So please please please get this fixed and stop letting that person renew it so many times. Once is okay but for me to have it on hold for this long when it just keeps saying 2 more weeks is NOT okay.
  • User friendly, but MAJOR drawback Oct 9, 2018

    By D.aye
    I work in a library, and borrow audiobooks and ebooks myself frequently. Former Overdrive user, now use Libby most of the time because it is more user friendly and streamlined. However, there are two big problems that mean I can’t get rid of Overdrive just yet (I switch between the two for searching). 1) Biggest problem: if you use more than one library account (if you belong to different library systems), and you place a title on hold through 1 library, Libby will not allow you to access that title through another library, EVEN IF THAT TITLE IS AVAILABLE through the other library. If you are using Libby, you must be very careful to NOT place a hold until you’ve checked all libraries you belong to. Otherwise you’ll be waiting weeks to read a book you could have accessed immediately. You also can only place a hold on a particular title through 1 library system. 2) Through Libby you can not recommend titles for your library to buy. Our library will automatically buy an item once a certain number of requests have been made. Too bad you can’t request a purchase through Libby! I do find Libby more user friendly and recommend it to library patrons who only use 1 library, and use it myself most of the time, but the above issues are major ones for me still.
  • Could be great Mar 8, 2019

    By ILoveMy_Jennay
    So I love the convenience of the app. I don’t have lots of time so I like being able to access books through the app. The thing is there are more things I don’t like than what I do like which is why I rated it at 3 stars. First I don’t like how you can’t check out for as long as you would a regular book. Again I don’t have a lot of time so I don’t get to read as often as I would like too which leaves me always just a small portion of the way through when my time is up and I can’t recheck it out because someone else is usually waiting on it. So I have to wait weeks to continue reading it which is annoying. If I’m remembering to get on and recheck it out I should be able to, like how you would do in person. I’m also not sure how there’s such limitations to digital copies. It’s digital books should be more easily accessible. 2nd I don’t like that you can see the ratings on books but can’t read the reviews or rate the book yourself. There should also be tabs in your side bar for categories like favorite books or books you want to read etc. I get you can use the tags for that but I just feel it would be easier to have tabs. Maybe once I get a tags system of my own going I’ll feel a little differently about it. It’s a good app, a great idea but needs work.
  • Used to be great! Now declining. Jun 30, 2020

    By Rishaan Reader #2
    I use Libby a lot. I really enjoy reading the books on Libby. The reason[s] that I gave it only 3 stars is because first of all in their latest update they made the reading tool far more confusing than it needs to be, I’ve used Libby since it was released by Overdrive and they used to be soooooo great until 3w ago. Libby’s new reading tool doesn’t even look more modern! It looks like it from being created in the 21st century to being created in the 90’s. I also don’t understand why their are a certain amount of ebooks for each title and why some books are listed for being placed on hold but no copies are in use and like 6 people have it in on hold! They say “Unknown Wait” but really they should say “Not Available” And not have an option to place it on hold! And back to my question about why their are only a certain amount of copies, I mean... if it’s online shouldn’t their be infinite copies! Libby always had this issue but so did overdrive and kindle so I had dismissed this issue but now with their horrible update they haven’t fixed anything and hopefully in another update they’ll rethink this update, change it back to the original, and fix the holds problems. Libby is a fairly good reading tool but needs a pretty big amount of fixes.
  • Not as good as overdrive Jul 2, 2018

    By kew.karen
    I use overdrive a lot, it's my most used app, so I'm pretty familiar with it. This is definitely a comparison review between overdrive and Libby. Overdrive wins. In overdrive, you can choose the margins as well as number of columns per page. These are not options in Libby and I noticed a huge difference. I couldn't get past the fact that almost a quarter of my screen wasn't being used. Overdrive also has more font options to choose from. The one thing I could not get past was the page animations, or lack there of, in Libby. Maybe it was too smooth? idk, but I didn't like it. Overdrive keeps the time and page and chapter counts at the bottom of the screen. You have to interrupt your reading to know what time it is or where you are in the book with Libby. I do like having the library and shelf buttons easily accessible, and it is cool that as soon as you borrow the book is in your shelf and you don't have to actually select download. I can definitely get behind the library and interface portion of Libby, but as a reader, it could do better, even if it just copied overdrive. If I had a choice, I'd just stick with overdrive since I spend more time using it as a reader than as a library or bookshelf.
  • Not the best app you can read on Oct 20, 2019

    By kiss me cause im cute
    I can read about a lot of things but there are some books that I really want to read that are not on Libby. You should make Libby where you can write stories too and you will be able to look in other books for stuff you might want to put in your book. Maybe you should add a lot more creativity to this boring app. I don’t really like this app because of that so I hope you can make it a lot better. The only good things on this app are that you can read books and I think the readers probably would want you to add some more stuff to this app. You could add that you can draw right anything you could desire. That would be one of the only thing that you could add to this app to make it a five star app. If you can’t do all of that at least give the apps more books and maybe I’ll give it a four star but I said maybe not yes. Whoever made this app is just trying to take it easy but if you want a five star app then add more stuff to this app but don’t make any worse. This is how you can make it worse. One take away books. Two have a bug. Three not have categories. Those are ways to make it worse so don’t do that but also it’s already bad enough so fix it!
  • Good app...needs some work Nov 17, 2018

    By NeighborLover
    Libby is a great upgrade from Overdrive— it’s faster, has a cleaner user experience, and combines listening and borrowing into one app. These are great improvements! However, we’ve had a few problems: for some reason, when we go to listen where we left off in a book, the “bookmark” is off— sometimes it has jumped forward, sometimes its jumped back, and often it starts the book over from the beginning. One time it took the audio to the very end of the book, but that only happened once. It’s quite frustrating to have to search for the place we last stopped the book, particularly when we have to stop the car. The other issue we encountered had to do with downloading— your audiobook will not download unless you are on WiFi, and the only way to get it to stream is if you find the “play online” button. However, it isn’t an intuitive switch. I had to hunt and search the app to figure out why the book wasn’t automatically downloading (over LTE), and then manually switch it over. Over all, Libby is a good start, but needs some work. I’m confident the app will get where it needs to be with some time and diligent work. Thanks for reading!
  • Needs recommendation feature & interloan options May 3, 2020

    By Lalee8706
    Update May 2020: I still prefer this app over the Overdrive app as it is user friendly and is a much smoother and in sync platform. However, it still falls short where the Overdrive app is concerned. While the Overdrive’s interface is not as user friendly it is better in terms of what it can do for you. The Libby app does not allow you to recommend books which I think is an important feature for people who want to recommend books. How will our libraries know what we want to see in if we can’t recommend ????? The second con is that it does not have the option to allow us to borrow from other participating libraries. In my opinion this allows readers to get the most benefit out of their reading experience if they can use the Inter loan option and borrow from other libraries. You can definitely use both apps for these features but why do that when they can just update the Libby app and then we won’t have to use both?? For me this makes this app a 3 stars with out these features it’s definitely not a 5 star app. Until this happens I use both interchangeably.
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    Always problems with this app Apr 22, 2021

    By SK Camper
    Every time you search for something it freezes up it loses your place where you're looking for a book to read. You set your preferences to Kindle pick a book and find out it's an audiobook. It takes like 5 minutes for it to go back to the page you were looking at it's slow as hell and it repeats books two or three times. Every time I go to Libby I brace myself for the disappointment of using it someone needs to fix this app seems like nobody cares.
  • Irritating UI Mar 4, 2021

    By ubw2k
    My library just switched from RBDigital to Libby. First off, I was disappointed there was not a way to import my existing subscriptions / lists. Next, the browsing feature is maddening: books and single-issue publications are mixed in with periodicals. Making matters worse, after ~10 screens the entire list automatically “refreshes” for no reason — I was still reviewing results of my original search — and auto-scrolls back to the TOP of the list. Oh joy, now I get to try to remember which items I’ve already tagged as I scroll past them all again. Really annoying and error-prone. Then, when borrowing and beginning to read an item there are LONG delays when trying to flip past the first page. But don’t worry, the app “helpfully” remembers all your attempted page turns while it’s stalled... so when the new pages are FINALLY downloaded it rapidly executes ALL those page flips you thought it was missing...and you’re suddenly on page 13! Really dumb. And then if you happen to power off while zoomed in on a particular page... surprise! you’re on a completely different (random?)page when you power back on. Suffice to say, I see MUCH room for improvement, and much preferred RBDigital. But I must use what my library has chosen. And it does “work” (to a low standard) for reading periodicals from the comfort of my home... so I’m grateful for that. I hope the developers will improve the app. It can be so much better!
  • Jul 27, 2021

    By Mark Jones
    The app uses a non-standard UI design and layout which makes it difficult to navigate. I used Libby because my library offers 30 days access to newspapers via PressReader but I need to re-authorise via Libby every 30 days. The link only creates new PressReader accounts. As I already have a PressReader account with saved content & configured as I like, I don't want to create a new account every 30 days. Libby support tried to pass blame to my library but it's obviously a coding/design issue.
  • UPDATE 6/6/20: new UI = argh /// (previous)Not very dependable Jun 3, 2020

    By amyc000
    Update June 3, 2020: After finally fixing stability issues from my review below, the app worked fine. I use to listen to audio books mainly. But as of today, June 3, 2020, with their latest update, I’m left perplexed. The new UI is clunky and takes 2-3 taps to do what I could do on screen before. I don’t see any benefits?? It’s not just me getting used to it. It literally takes more steps to do common actions — the exact opposite of what an updated UI should do. Argh. I love the idea of this app but it seems one step forward, two steps back every few months. ===== I use this app during my daily commute and when it works, it works fine. But about 2 out of the 5 days, I get server errors. Whether trying to check out, resume or anything on the app. Extremely frustrating not knowing if I’ll be able to read my book or if I’m locked out. It must happen a lot because on the “report error” page they even have a special message about it. How about fixing it?? I’ve also had problems with audiobooks skipping ahead and making it impossible to scrub back to where it skipped. I updated to the latest version, hoping that helped with all of the above, but it all actually seems to be worse. I can’t open or read any books on my shelf right now, as an example, the third time this week and prompting me to write this review.
  • Jul 9, 2021

    By Jon Milne
    The UI is painful and needs a lot of work. Reading in text view, you can't swipe to the next article, and the forward/backward buttons have been placed in the top-left of the screen which is the worst possible place for phones. Hide that whole bar and allow swipe as RB Digital did, or at the very least move the forward/backwards buttons to the bottom-right.
  • Crashes often Apr 6, 2021

    By stitchinbird
    Works well for reading ebooks and listening to audiobooks, which unfortunately is only about 10-20% of what I want to do. I am mainly interested in the magazine availability. My library previously went through rb digital for this, which had issues of its own but was functional and useful. The transition to Libby was initially fine, the controls are intuitive and the borrowing process is not a major problem for me. The issue is that when actually reading a magazine, the app crashes repeatedly, even if the magazine is already completely downloaded. This totally interrupts reading/browsing and makes the app really unpleasant to use. Sometimes it is a minor inconvenience when it only crashes about 2-3 times in the approximately 20 minutes it takes me to read a magazine. Other times it will barely show me the cover page for 30 seconds before crashing. Again, this is when the thing I am trying to read is fully downloaded and the app is not in the process of downloading anything else. My best guess is that the page turning animation graphics are too much for my iPad to handle, but the previous service did that too and this same device was able to handle it. Really wish this would be fixed because the local libraries are not fully open so this is my only option currently.
  • Hate New Layout Apr 1, 2021

    By stv158
    I started reading with Libby March 2020 and have read nearly 350 books. I absolutely loved this app. However, I opened it today and the entire layout has changed and has many problems. I have my preferences set for newest mystery books to be listed first. Instead I’m getting recommendations for books published 3 or more years ago. I also hate that it no longer shows if I have already borrowed/read a book on that same list. I have to click on the title and only then can I see if I already read it. Before I could just quickly run down the list, skipping over any book that I’ve already read. I also do not like the way it’s set up on the other list showing what you borrowed and returned. You can’t see the title as it just shows a circle so small that you can’t see any information. You have to click on the circle to get the book name and author. I am so disappointed. I never thought I would read anything but an actual paper book, and over the past year have come to love the convenience of Libby. With the new changes, I’m not sure if I will continue to use this app as it does some of the same things as before, but with extra steps. Plus the lack of books listed in order of date published and then only given 70 titles is infuriating. Really disappointing.
  • Needs Improvements Dec 7, 2018

    By Stephdeputy
    The functionality of the app is great...when it works. I’ve been an Overdrive user for years and have used Libby for the last 5 months. So many times I have to try the play button four or five times before it will work. I just keep getting the exclamation point inside the triangle. Then two days ago, I was down to the last hour in a 10-hr book with just enough time on my drive to finish it. That’s the first time I’ve gotten a message saying my book was completely unavailable. I tried for 20 mins on and off, closing and reopening the app, then doing a hard shutdown of my phone and rebooting, but still the same message. Luckily I haven’t deleted the Overdrive app. I downloaded the last chapter of the book only to Overdrive (something Libby doesn’t let you do unfortunately - and s good thing Overdrive does because by that point I was away from WiFi for the download and had to enable cellular download for that one chapter). Played it on Overdrive with absolutely no problems. I understand that the Libby app looks a little flashier and seems to have less steps between borrowing a book and getting it to play than Overdrive did, but until it’s reliable I’m switching back for my future downloads.
  • an easier way to search, please May 3, 2020

    By how many?
    Generally I like this app, except when searching the library. It's really slow loading search results and I haven't found any way to view the results except page by page in the order received. This isn't a problem when I'm looking for a specific title or author, but for browsing it's awful. Many subject searches have hundreds of pages of results. To view them, I must always start at the beginning and I never see the results at the end. Being able to jump to a certain page number would help, but I haven't seen that option. Also, I read a lot of comics which have multiple issues of the same title. Each issue is listed separately which adds many pages to the search results. Could these be condensed into just one listing per title with the individual issues only appearing when the title is chosen? Any help with this would be hugely appreciated. Edit: 5/2 Have to remove a star, not only has nothing above been addressed, but now the app keeps crashing when I search the library, it's very slow when it actually works, and it isn't downloading my loans. I really want to like this app, I think it's a great idea, but it's too frustrating right now.
  • I will like this when they work out the bugs Jul 10, 2018

    By Maobfh
    I use Overdrive quite a bit and was very interested in a new app by Overdrive that claimed it could do quite a few things that Overdrive cannot. I downloaded the app and got started right away. I use an iPhone to listen to audiobooks and an iPad Pro for books. While they push reading with Kindle, I stick with Overdrive because returning books is more cumbersome with Kindle. I read a great deal and books rarely expire on my bookshelf unless it is a reference book that I keep as long as I am allowed. I have 80+ gb storage on both devices. I have tried to use Libby but it crashes each time I tried. I never completed moving my books over, nor logging in to all my library accounts. I think I managed 2 books and 2 libraries. I removed the app and reinstalled after rebooting the device and waiting several days. Same thing. I will be excited to have some of the features listed for Libby, but as contacting Overdrive can be very difficult, I think I will wait to try again. I don’t mind beta testing software but communication with the developer is critical. I am curious if others have had similar experiences. Reviews suggest not but some may just walk away.
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    Why on earth close RB Digital for Libby? Jul 21, 2021

    By Curly James
    Worst ever app. I used to be able to automatically download (on RB Digital) all titles of magazines that I loved. Now with Libby I have to go in, select, borrow. Not only that, when I try and open a magazine it just sits there saying “downloading” and nothing happens. When it does it just freezes continuously. I just abhor this app and I dread trying to open a magazine. Sooooo frustrating and does not make for a pleasant experience. Bring back RB Digital PPPLLLEEEEEAAAASSSSEE.
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    Why does Libby give me US magazines??? May 1, 2021

    By Fedup Reader
    I have been happily using RBDigital for a long time - no problems, a good selection of UK magazines. Now it has all moved to Libby, so if I search for 'Good Housekeeping' I get the US version first, and have to scroll down for some distance to find the correct version. I AM NOT AMERICAN! - why can't we have a UK version, or better still, go back to reliable RB Digital? I am so sick of being bullied by US tech companies.
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    Libby you must be kidding? Apr 28, 2021

    By Sb
    Libby is the worst app ever sold, especially when considering that Libby has replaced RBDigital, which worked fine. I cannot understand why anyone would shut down what works and force taxpayers (the taxpayers pay for the library) to actually pay for this incompetent mess. Time to recover RBDigital and toss Libby into the closest trash can.
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    Constantly Freezing, Few Book Options. Feb 3, 2021

    By Heather M Garcia
    This app is terrible. It's constantly freezing, which really sucks. Especially in the middle of reading an exciting scene, and you try to change the page, and NOTHING happens. There also are very many book options. They will have 1 book out of a series, and it is usually the 3rd or 4th one. Makes to freaking sense! Go back to R & B Digital!
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    Libby Audiobooks Skip Chapters - Why ?! TERRIBLE APP ! GO BACK TO OVERDRIVE UNTIL LIBBY GETS FIXED Jan 21, 2021

    By Roger U
    I listen to audiobooks from the library a lot. Cloud Library, RB Digital, Overdrive, etc. and our library switched to Libby now and I HATE IT ! Seems like EVERY book skips around when chapters should be IN ORDER ! This latest one jumped from chapter 4 to 11 then 14 to 16, it is a HUGE PAIN and ruins the whole thing. No othe app had such a problem. Thankfully for now Overdrive still works so I'll use that instead. Libby should get ZERO stars. I'm listening on a PC computer...
  • Jul 27, 2021

    By Bernard Dobbs
    The app itself is simple to use thanks to its uncluttered layout. However, ability challenged people who need to use text to speech will find Libby useless. Libby is set up to protect digital rights management above all else. Hence the way a book page is rendered in Libby means that no text to speech reader can work with it. If the book you want does not have a spoken audio version, you're out of luck. DRM comes first, disabled people last... yet again.
  • Jul 17, 2021

    By Jessica Kennedy
    Like others, my app stopped working after the recent update in July 2021. At first, I couldn't listen to a book for more than 15 minutes at a time before the app would crash and only a phone restart would fix it. Now, I tap the app and it's just a black screen. Emailed support and just got a form email back with "troubleshooting tips" that amounted to "try turning it off and turning it back on again." Disappointed after recommending the app to everyone I know for years.
  • Jul 11, 2021

    By Jai Ko
    When I click "log into library" in the chat UI thingy, the spinner just spins without anything happening. It's not isolated to one particular library system. I tried it with four different libraries, but nothing loaded. pretty low quality app. -- EDIT: I reviewed this app in September 13, 2018. It is nearly 3 years after my initial review, and the app is still as bad as ever. The UI is terrible, UX is terrible, and it frequently doesn't play the audio.
  • New UI is painful Apr 17, 2021

    By EdubVenice
    I have loved this app for years. They did a massive UI update recently and it has been a disappointment. I have waited a while to comment to see if using it would help me get used to it. No luck though, its just more difficult to do the things I used to do. The filtering and sorting functions when looking for a new book are duplicative and somehow make it harder to find new stuff. I regularly used my check out history that was available from the bookshelf to find the next book in a series. That’s now gone. The circular graphics for book titles on the new timeline are also a real head scratcher. Books are rectangular yet some design choice was made to force that into a circular mask. Was this tested and if so, was the focus group looking at a 50” monitor or their own mobile devices? I have made so many recommendations to friends and family because Libby really helped access great content. Someone there really loved the idea of creating a tagging system. I would be interested to see the testing on this feature. What percentage of your user base use tags, especially for books from a library that are following a well established library classification system. Too many clicks on the timeline to access the book info that was available with one click. I am bummed now as this app is so much harder to use.
  • Newest Update is Horrible Apr 4, 2021

    By Just Another Unknown
    I used to love this app until the update. I’m someone in my 20s who loves to organize books by different tags (aka I’m assuming the target audience for the update??) but while I previously would spend hours on Libby looking through new releases, it is now a nightmare to use. Browsing looks and feels cluttered and claustrophobic. A lot of the new UI is glitchy. Shelf organization is nonsensical — I keep having to press a tag every two seconds to view books on my shelf in order of expiration date — something that used to be automatic and easy, but now reverts to Most Recent organization as soon as I interact with anything on my shelf. It seems like the availability to view ‘Coming Soon’ titles more than a month out at my library also suddenly changed without any kind of alert — I have many of holds on ‘Coming Soon‘ books that I made before the update that still show up on my shelf, but the books aren’t actually in my library’s catalogue anymore?? Which is concerning. I just wish that they would have thought of the needs of users in mind with this new design — the old Libby made reading ebooks fun and easy, the new one makes it a joyless pain.

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