New E-book and Audiobook App!

A photo by Maarten van den Heuvel. you enjoy getting library e-books and audiobooks on Overdrive? Well then get ready, because Overdrive has just released something even better! It’s a new app called Libby, and it has all the same e-books and audiobooks from Overdrive, but in a completely new and more user-friendly app!

The Libby app is available for download on Apple and Android devices, will soon be available for Microsoft, and books can also be sent to Kindles from another device.

Libby_Graphic_300x250-1The new Libby app has a very easy set-up process. You no longer need to create a separate Overdrive or Adobe account. You just search for McAllen Public Library (or the app will find it for you if you have location services enabled on your device), sign in with your McAllen library card and pin number, and you’re good to go! It couldn’t be any easier! Does more than one person have a library card and want to read on your device? Or do you have a second card from another library that also has Libby? No worries, you can connect multiple cards to the app and easily switch between them!

Once you’re signed in, you can easily switch back and forth between the book catalog and your book shelf with a button at the bottom of the screen. You can also open whatever book is already in progress with one tap. It has a new tagging feature, so you can create up to three different wish lists or favorites lists. Books can be placed on hold, returned, and renewed the same way they are in Overdrive. It also shows all of your activity history, in case you need to find a book you checked out in the past. Try it all out on the smartphone demo!

Libby_Graphic_300x250-2Discover the magic of new books that you might never have seen otherwise, by scrolling down the home page to the specialized collections! Are you ready for some adventure this weekend? Check out the “Explorers” collection, and read all about people who have roughed it in the great outdoors. Do you have a hankering for a western romance? Then scroll on down to the “Cowboy Take Me Away” collection. Do you enjoy mysteries with a sci-fi twist? Check out the “Murders in a Strange Land” collection. Or have you had enough of current events and become jaded with the state of the world? Then indulge in the satirical novels of the “Spoofs and Sneers” collection. And there are tons more, just waiting for you to discover! Our catalog always stays fun and fresh with these specialized collections.

There are a couple of features from the older Overdrive app that are not available in Libby yet, but they are working on it and they will be available later in the year. The first is the Patron Recommendations feature. We love getting your recommendations, so until that’s available in Libby, you need to continue making recommendations in Overdrive. The multiple languages for the user interface in Overdrive are also not ready yet in Libby, but will be later this year.

We are very excited about this new app, and are glad to share it with you!

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