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Libby, by OverDrive

Libby, by OverDrive

OverDrive, Inc.

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

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  • 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.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Debby Rabe
    I love the variety of popular authors earlier books that are hard to find. Only negative is long wait for popular books! I continue to use the app daily. Thankful for large selection, since physical library is closed. If you're unfamiliar with app, it is easily setup so you can start enjoying a good book today. I like the ability to set playback speed to any rate. Also, the ability to locate your listening place if is lost my mistake without having placed a bookmark.
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  • Used for a year now—fantastic with some minor quibbles Dec 31, 2018

    By Mmacmahon
    Pros: My reading has skyrocketed since using this app—Libby makes books so accessible, especially since I have a busy schedule and hard time stopping by the library. I have saved SO much money by using Libby, and have tried out more genres than I normally do, since you don’t waste a trip to the library getting a new book: simply tap to download and tap to return if you don’t like it. The waitlist system is very clear, browsing is easy, and a sizable catalog make this very much worth it. Cons: Libby loses one star for some basic syncing and history issues. If I delete Libby off my device (sometimes I get rid of it when I’m busy and I don’t want to be tempted with a quick read!), when I redownload it, I lose all history of what books I’ve previously checked out and read. When you tag books, eg “To Read”, these tags are NOT synced across devices. I now have a motley “To Read” list spread across my phone and iPad. Likewise, these lists are lost if you remove the app off your local device. I’ve emailed Libby twice to request these be synced across devices and no luck yet. Overall still a wonderful app and love how it makes reading yet more accessible. A TIP for readers—if practical, try to get multiple library cards for nearby areas. It opens up a larger catalog of books for you to read, and a waitlisted book in one library may be immediately available in another. :)
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  • 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. 💜
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  • Jan 13, 2021

    By A Shihab
    I loooove this app! Omg! Amaaaazing! I have no idea why I've never heard of it before, a classmate let me know about it. Not much for going to the library or reading many books, but this just makes it so easy to scroll through books and read. Love the hold option. And that you can rent multiple books at a time. Don't listen to any negative reviews because this app is perfect!
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Katie Lewis
    This used to be a great app. For the last few months though, books have taken forever to load and then suddenly lose your place while you're reading. Audiobooks jump all over the place and randomly stop, causing you to lose your place and have to manually scroll back in 15 second increments. Extremely disappointing.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Grant Edwards
    It would be nice if it would sync book locations between devices. I've been using Libby for years, and I've never been able to get it to sync locations (either for audio or ebooks). It won't sync from one device to another, and it won't sync between web reader and devices either. I've followed the instructions for fixing it countless times: uninstalling, reinstalling, deleting my library cards, configuring one device from the other, etc. IT NEVER WORKS. I only have one account and one library card. There's no excuse for this level of brokenness. I've been using Kindle devices and apps for years, and sync has always worked across multiple Kindles, IOS/Android devices, and web app instances.
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  • Jan 14, 2021

    By Jen Drury
    I listen to audiobooks a lot and for a long periods of time. This app repeatedly stops playing or closes the app for no reason at unexpected intervals and you have to go in find the book and hope it remembers where you were when it stops. It is super frustrating. Because there is so much potential to be awesome.
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  • Jan 14, 2021

    By Dallas Huntley
    I use the app at work regularly. Lately the books just stop randomly & I get the message there's a playback error. That wouldn't be that much of a problem if said error didn't jump back aimlessly causing me to spend 15 minutes or so trying to figure out where I was in the audiobook. Looking at past reviews this has been going on for awhile, all different phones, libraries & books. 1/14/21 I sent the error log over a month ago & the only "suggestion" I was given was to reboot my phone. Pls fix.
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  • Jan 10, 2021

    By John Smith
    Search and narrowing down of options could be much better. Easier. Takes so long to find a good read after going through huge lists of things like comics. I just give up before finding anything. Not to mention the issue with series. Sorry we only carry part 1, 3 and 5 ughh.. heres an idea add a way to narrow the search down better. no graphic novels easy click this.
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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.
    more
  • Used for a year now—fantastic with some minor quibbles Dec 31, 2018

    By Mmacmahon
    Pros: My reading has skyrocketed since using this app—Libby makes books so accessible, especially since I have a busy schedule and hard time stopping by the library. I have saved SO much money by using Libby, and have tried out more genres than I normally do, since you don’t waste a trip to the library getting a new book: simply tap to download and tap to return if you don’t like it. The waitlist system is very clear, browsing is easy, and a sizable catalog make this very much worth it. Cons: Libby loses one star for some basic syncing and history issues. If I delete Libby off my device (sometimes I get rid of it when I’m busy and I don’t want to be tempted with a quick read!), when I redownload it, I lose all history of what books I’ve previously checked out and read. When you tag books, eg “To Read”, these tags are NOT synced across devices. I now have a motley “To Read” list spread across my phone and iPad. Likewise, these lists are lost if you remove the app off your local device. I’ve emailed Libby twice to request these be synced across devices and no luck yet. Overall still a wonderful app and love how it makes reading yet more accessible. A TIP for readers—if practical, try to get multiple library cards for nearby areas. It opens up a larger catalog of books for you to read, and a waitlisted book in one library may be immediately available in another. :)
    more
  • 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. 💜
    more
  • Jan 13, 2021

    By A Shihab
    I loooove this app! Omg! Amaaaazing! I have no idea why I've never heard of it before, a classmate let me know about it. Not much for going to the library or reading many books, but this just makes it so easy to scroll through books and read. Love the hold option. And that you can rent multiple books at a time. Don't listen to any negative reviews because this app is perfect!
    more
  • Jan 17, 2021

    By Everything's a Smoke Machine
    Fantastic little app. Great for when I need an audio book to kill time while working on something else. The selection isn't as diverse as something like Audible, but it's free - which more than makes up for the difference. All in all, an excellent app that I expect will be on every phone I switch to for the foreseeable future.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Debby Rabe
    I love the variety of popular authors earlier books that are hard to find. Only negative is long wait for popular books! I continue to use the app daily. Thankful for large selection, since physical library is closed. If you're unfamiliar with app, it is easily setup so you can start enjoying a good book today. I like the ability to set playback speed to any rate. Also, the ability to locate your listening place if is lost my mistake without having placed a bookmark.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Dec 28, 2020

    By Kayla Rief
    Edit 12/27/20. App is working smoothly now. The latest update has not worked very well for me. When I push play, the app will not respond, or it can take up to a minute to start. Same problem with the pause, rewind, and fast forward features. Before the latest update, the app worked pretty well. I'm not sure if it's my phone or the app, since my phone is 3-4 years old (Motorola).
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  • 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 . . .
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  • Jan 1, 2021

    By andrew connelly
    Being able to link it up to your library is amazing, but the search function is incredibly limiting, and always leaves me feeling like I can only scratch the surface. Since you can't filter out different authors or series or even books you've already read, every time you open, say, horror, you have to scroll past every King book known to man before you get to something new.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Grant Edwards
    It would be nice if it would sync book locations between devices. I've been using Libby for years, and I've never been able to get it to sync locations (either for audio or ebooks). It won't sync from one device to another, and it won't sync between web reader and devices either. I've followed the instructions for fixing it countless times: uninstalling, reinstalling, deleting my library cards, configuring one device from the other, etc. IT NEVER WORKS. I only have one account and one library card. There's no excuse for this level of brokenness. I've been using Kindle devices and apps for years, and sync has always worked across multiple Kindles, IOS/Android devices, and web app instances.
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  • Jan 14, 2021

    By Dallas Huntley
    I use the app at work regularly. Lately the books just stop randomly & I get the message there's a playback error. That wouldn't be that much of a problem if said error didn't jump back aimlessly causing me to spend 15 minutes or so trying to figure out where I was in the audiobook. Looking at past reviews this has been going on for awhile, all different phones, libraries & books. 1/14/21 I sent the error log over a month ago & the only "suggestion" I was given was to reboot my phone. Pls fix.
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  • 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.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Katie Lewis
    This used to be a great app. For the last few months though, books have taken forever to load and then suddenly lose your place while you're reading. Audiobooks jump all over the place and randomly stop, causing you to lose your place and have to manually scroll back in 15 second increments. Extremely disappointing.
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  • Jan 14, 2021

    By Jen Drury
    I listen to audiobooks a lot and for a long periods of time. This app repeatedly stops playing or closes the app for no reason at unexpected intervals and you have to go in find the book and hope it remembers where you were when it stops. It is super frustrating. Because there is so much potential to be awesome.
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  • Jan 10, 2021

    By John Smith
    Search and narrowing down of options could be much better. Easier. Takes so long to find a good read after going through huge lists of things like comics. I just give up before finding anything. Not to mention the issue with series. Sorry we only carry part 1, 3 and 5 ughh.. heres an idea add a way to narrow the search down better. no graphic novels easy click this.
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