Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
30 November 2018
Libby gets right what Audible doesn’t
I have been a book worm my entire life. Call me a nerd. I’ll happily own that identity. Being the voracious reader that I am, I have unlocked my choice genre: non-fiction with a focus on the American Civil War. Give me a book on its battles and generals and I’ll absorb it like SpongeBob. Thing is, sometimes I yearn to read while I am driving (an obvious no-can-do) which is why audio book platforms like Audible were and now Libby is a revolution in my life.
What the heck is Libby? First — exceptional. Second — a direct link into the OverDrive public library system, by way of an easy-to-use app (Libby). Just plug in your library number through the app and check eBooks (which can be read through the app or sent to the Kindle app) as well as audiobooks. Oh yeah, and it’s free.
Libby beats a hefty and limited subscription to Audible
Obviously, I have dropped Audible’s hefty monthly fee and am on board with Libby. Mind you, I’ve had a beef with Audible’s processes and fees for quite some time. But I was never content enough with the OverDrive interface to make a switch. Libby trumps all that and is a huge win for our public library system.
“It would be a dream to return each book when finished and check out another. Perhaps, you should be able to listen to as many as you desire. But that’s not an Audible reality; but it is with Libby — and did I mention it is free.”
My gripe with Audible has always been with its membership plans. You are limited to a book or two (depending on your plan). That seems cool at first, but after some time, you have a host of audiobooks in your library that you won’t listen to a second time. What a waste. It would be a dream to return each book when finished and check out another. Perhaps, you should be able to listen to as many as you desire. But that’s not an Audible reality; but it is with Libby — and did I mention it is free.
Make way, Libby. I plan on listening to the entirety of Shelby Foote’s Civil War trilogy. And when I am done, I’ll check it back in and start up The Killer Angels.
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