I've been seeing a number of ebook and audiobook deals pop up on slickdeals. Many of us forget that our libraries will loan us these items. In the past, you had to get a library card in person, check out a book or a cd and return it. It was the worst. Recently I discovered that because I live in San Antonio (Bexar county), I have three apps at my disposal to check out free audiobooks, ebooks, movies, tv shows, even music, through my phone - Libby, Hoopla and CloudLibrary. Each of these apps houses a different catalog, sometimes overlapping. Each app also has a maximum number of items you can check out per month - usually 3 to 5 each. Additionally, each app lets you download the content onto your phone for offline use. You can even put a hold on an item and once it becomes available, it will automagically check it out for you. Below, I've linked to the page of each app, how you can check if your library supports the app and what platforms each app supports. I've found hoopla to be especially useful if I want to listen to an audiobook at home because I can stream it through the Apple TV to my Sonos Playbar and group it with other rooms. I hope you find these details helpful.
Check availability for libby (aka Overdrive) [overdrive.com]
Check availability for hoopla [zeemaps.com]
- Apple TV
- Amazon Fire
- Amazon Fire TV
- Amazon Echo Devices
The Cloud Library website will tell you if your library participates.
- Amazon Fire
Your library will have to tell you if it participates.