Libby UWP, by OverDrive, your online window to a real library

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If you have a modern local library then did you know that, in addition to paper books and physical CDs, it also has ebooks and audio books? If your library is modern enough then there's a good chance you can enjoy access to all of these via Libby, by OverDrive, a new UWP app for Windows 10.

From the Store description:

Meet Libby. Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.

  1. Fish out your library card
  2. Open the Libby app
  3. Find your local library
  4. Search, sample, borrow, enjoy

It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a book. Libby has a ground-breaking built-in ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player. If you prefer, you can send books to your Kindle for reading.

  • Sign in to multiple libraries, with one or more library cards
  • Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space
  • Sample any book with a tap — nothing to download or delete
  • Try a zoomable graphic novel, or a picture book with readalong audio
  • All your holds and loans are consolidated on a single shelf
  • Tag titles as read, loved, hated, wishlist, schoolbook, beach-reading, whatever you like
  • Your loans, holds, reading positions, bookmarks and notes are synchronized automatically across all your devices
  • Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab

I did my best to try this out, but my local libraries in Berkshire UK don't seem to be part of this system yet - or maybe my card is too old! Either way, a selection of my - and promo - screenshots here, showing roughly how it all works:

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Colourful opening introductory screens..

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Once signed in via your OverDrive-compatible card, you're off and browsing both ebooks and audio books...

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Loans work just as for physical media, with the library only allowed to lend out so many copies of anything at once, for copyright reasons.

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The included ebook and audio book players look very decent - pity I can't try them out personally without moving counties and libraries!

You can grab this for free here in the Store.

PS. This seems unrelated to the original Libby for Windows Phone!

Source / Credit: Store