Libraries are a wonderful concept, aren’t they? It’s estimated that the earliest libraries date back to 2600 BC. Even in the digital age libraries are still in style. In fact, there are several great ways that you can access my books from your local public library without leaving the comfort of your favorite reading chair. How great is that?!
My books are available to libraries via Overdrive, a program that is used by over 30,000 libraries in more than 40 countries. Which means that anyone with a library card can virtually check out an ebook or audiobook if your library owns a copy of the book. After a reader borrows a particular title (say, my Willa Carson novel Due Justice), it goes to their reading device through OverDrive.
If you’re new to OverDrive you can sign up HERE. Signing up is a quick process and allows you to customize your experience by choosing your preferred genres. You can even opt-in to receive book recommendations. You will need a library card to access books using OverDrive.
Now that I’ve piqued your interest, here are three ways that you can take advantage of this terrific library resource.
OverDrive recommends the Libby app for public library users. Libby is a free app that streamlines the virtual borrowing process and lets you get those books from the library straight to your device. Best of all, Libby is compatible with Android, iOS, or Windows 10, and is one of the easiest ways to access library books on your devices. You can learn more about Libby HERE.
The original OverDrive app may be a better option for you if your library isn’t public or if you are using an older device. This app also has some neat features to personalize your reading experience, such as adjustable font size and a bookmark function.
If you read on your Windows or Mac computer you may want to connect to OverDrive via OverDrive.com.
Sounds pretty neat, doesn’t it? Now before you begin borrowing my entire Hunt for Justice Series here’s
5 quick things to know about how borrowing ebooks from the library system works:
- The authors’ and publishers’ responsibility is to make our books available to the libraries. We have no control over whether your library will stock my books, unfortunately. Wish we did!
- If your local library doesn’t stock my books, sometimes simply asking your librarian to get them for you will be enough. Librarians are resourceful people!
- You will need a library card to use your library, whether you are seeking to read ebooks or audiobooks on your devices, or “tree books” you physically check out from the library.
- While OverDrive is available at most public libraries, there are still some libraries that are not connected to the program. You can check to see if OverDrive is available at your library HERE.
Libraries are a great way to keep on top of your TBR pile without breaking the bank. They are also eco-friendly!
Do you have a library card? If you do, I’d love to know if these apps encourage you to use it more.