October 28, 2020
Everyone loves learning about hidden app features and ways to make reading even more magical. In Part 1, we shared OverDrive’s first four tips for getting the most out of
the Libby app. Tips five through nine are sure to open your reading world, so on to the tips!
- Share what you’re reading. Libby now lets you share what you’re reading with your friends using the Share button found in a title’s Reading Journey and details screen. A shared title page shows the book’s summary, basic details, and nearby libraries that offer the title through Libby. This new option encourages users to share their favorite reads with family, friends, and followers while spreading awareness of their library’s digital collection.
- Change your reading settings. Tapping the “A” icon when reading an eBook will provide you with several options, including the ability to change the font spacing, size, and style, including a dyslexic font. You can also switch to night mode or a sepia background.
This is one of my favorite tips from the list! I’ve spoken to many people who had given up on reading because they had issues with reading print books. Some of these reading settings have allowed them to return to one of their passions. Being able to customize your reading experience to meet your needs is incredible!
- Listen to audiobooks anywhere. Libby is compatible with services like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Sonos sound systems. This means you can conveniently take your audiobooks anywhere—even if it’s just to the other room or your kitchen!
- Sample any book in your library’s collection. Even if you don’t (yet) have a Library card, you can tap an eBook or eAudiobook in the collection you are browsing and preview up to 10 percent of the title! Even if all the copies of the title are currently borrowed, you can still access the sample. This helps you decide if you want to borrow a title. You can also use samples to start a book you’ve placed a hold on while you wait for your copy to become available.
- Find a whole series. Looking for a specific series? Or, curious what number the book you’re looking at is in its particular series? You can use the search bar to find titles in a series. Titles are marked as “[number] in series” in lists and search results. A book’s place in a series is listed on its details screen. You can also see the other books in the series and the order in which to read them.
We’ll share the remaining five tips soon! In case you are someone who stays up way too late to finish a book, you can find the entire list of tips in OverDrive’s blog post. Please share what Libby feature has impacted you the most in the comments below!
Kathy Jo A.
Electronic Resources Department
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