Library Borrowing Apps
So this topic came up in the General conversation thread and I felt it belongs here, so I’m making this thread.
I’m hoping others have more apps to suggest – especially those who live outside the US – and/or reviews to contribute.
My two contenders are Libby and Hoopla. I also downloaded BorrowBox but it was a no-go from the start.
Hoopla at least recognized my library. BorrowBox doesn’t. So it got uninstalled.
I went ahead and downloaded Libby on my tablet for comparison with Hoopla as far as what books may be available because, on my initial toe-in-the-water search for Leigh Bardugo, all I could find through Hoopla was the German audiobook for the first Shadow and Bone.
Libby has 6 ebooks and two (English!) audio books by Leigh Bardugo.
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Libby has one ebook while Hoopla has an audio book.
Libby has a Librarian list of books that are always available to borrow, and Book Club Picks.
Also, if this might be an issue for anyone: Hoopla limits you to 8 books a month. I don’t remember what the limit is on Libby but I know it’s a lot more than eight.
So I’m thinking I’ll use the two somewhat interchangeably. Primarily I want to use my ereader, which has Hoopla. But if I can’t find something there, I’ll have to use Libby on my tablet. Either way, seeing as my local library is a rather small one… It’s already slim pickins to begin with.
BorrowBox was a dud for not recognizing my library.
Libby has a much higher limit on how many books you can borrow, where Hoopla limits to eight books a month.
Libby has a list of books that are always available to borrow, and a book club list. It also has the ability to set a preference filter as far as language and format (book, audio, magazine etc)
Hoopla has none of that. It’s very cut and dried.