You can buy e-books from a variety of retailers including Amazon, Apple, and Google. Why should you buy them if you can borrow them from your local library? If your library is registered with Libby, OverDrive, or Hoopla, you can search, borrow, and read books directly from the app.
Includes audiobooks, magazines, and other digital content. In some apps, you can even send ebooks to the Amazon Kindle app, where they're easier to read.
The first thing you need is an account at your public or university library. If you want to visit the library and borrow books, you will need a physical card. If you only want to rent e-books, some libraries offer a virtual library card instead.
You should also receive a PIN or username to sign up for an online account and borrow ebooks. If you need a barcode to scan to an app, it should be printed on the library card you receive. If you are not sure how the registration process works, or if you are wondering which services you can use, visit the library's website or contact them directly. Now let's look at the various apps and options for borrowing and reading e-books.
Borrow and Read with Libby
Libby is an app developed by Rakuten OverDrive that lets you search, borrow and read e-books from your library. You can find links to download the app from the Meet Libby website or you can directly download the iOS Android or Windows 1
Libby tries to get you started in a user-friendly way. When you start the app for the first time on your mobile device, you will be asked if you have a library card. Answer yes. You can then copy your card information from another device, search for your library, or let Libby guess your library based on your location. Choose the option that works best and enter the details for your library account.
After setting up and signing in to your account, you'll be taken to the main screen of the app, where you can search for books by title and author, subject, and other criteria. You can also search for topics and specific titles selected and recommended by librarians. In addition, you can usually read a reading of the book online and mark as a favorite.
Borrowing an eBook
If you find an eBook that you want to borrow, tap the thumbnail to see more information about the book. The details describe the book, offer reviews and indicate if it is available for loan.
If so, tap the Borrow link and confirm your decision. If the book is not available, a "Hold" button will be displayed, which you can tap to automatically borrow the book as it becomes available.
 After the book has been downloaded to your device, tap Open Book.
You can read a downloaded book in multiple apps. Choose where you want to read it – Kindle or Libby – and the title will open.
Tap anywhere on the screen to search for text in the book, toggle between a two-column and a single single-column view, highlight a page and access different settings.
Access to Borrowed Books
To access your borrowed books, tap the Shelf link at the bottom of the screen. Here you can view your rentals, supplies, tags and the book you are reading.
Borrow and read with OverDrive
Also created OverDrive by Rakuten is an older app that has since been superseded by Libby. However, OverDrive remains available and supports more devices and operating systems than Libby.
Navigate to the bottom of the page OverDrive, where you can download links to the app for iOS, Android, Windows 8 and 10, Windows Desktop, MacOS, Chrome OS and Amazon Kindle devices.
After downloading and installing the app, you need to find and sign in to your library. On the main screen, tap the Sign In button then select Sign in with Library Card. You will then have to search for your library on the Search Library screen. Touch the name of your library and enter your card number and PIN to log in.
After login, tap Add Library to add your local store library. You can then either search for your local library's name, city, or zip code, or search for libraries. In the search results, tap your library. On the All Tracks screen, tap the thumbnail for your library.
You will be redirected to the library page where you will need to sign in again with your account. To do this, tap the Sign In button and enter your card number and PIN. You can then search for titles.
Each book you can borrow will display a banner with the word Available. Tap thumbnails for more information about a book.
You can view a description, details and reviews of the book. You can also add it to your wishlist or history and read a sample of the book. To borrow the book, tap the Borrow button.
You can immediately read the track from the Kindle or download it to your device. To download the book in OverDrive, tap the button to download the EPUB eBook.
From now on, you can read the book by tapping on the Hamburger icon () at the top left and selecting Bookshelf. Tap the book to open and read it in OverDrive.
Tap anywhere on the screen. You can use the various controls to change the brightness, change the font style and font size, and jump to the table of contents or a bookmark. You can also access the column, text alignment, leading, and margins settings.
Borrow and Read with Hoopla
With Hoopla you can also borrow, download and read eBooks. However, Hoopla also provides access to movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks and comics. The app supports iOS, Android, Amazon Tablets and Chrome OS. For movies and television programs Hoopla works with Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV and Roku.
Let's take a look at the e-book features. Open an account on the Hoopla website on your PC. This account is not linked to your library account.
By default, Hoopla searches for the nearest libraries based on your location. Select a library to continue.
Download the Hoopla Digital app to your mobile device. Log in with your Hoopla account. From the main screen, tap the book icon and then the eBook header to search for e-books. Touch a book that interests you for more details.
Tap the Borrow button to borrow the book. You can then read the song immediately by tapping the Read button to download the book.
Now you can read the book. Tap anywhere on the screen to access icons, bookmark your current page, view the table of contents, change the font, or search for text.
How to Access You can always tap your borrowed books on the My Hoopla icon at the bottom left.
Send to Kindle from Libby
Finally, you can send an eBook borrowed through Libby or OverDrive to the Amazon Kindle app. You may find it easier to read and control. If you do not already have the Kindle app, visit the Kindle website for download links for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS.
To ship the book with Libby, go to your shelf. Tap the Manage loans link for the book you want to send to the Kindle app and select the option to read.
On the next page, tap option for Kindle Apps & Devices.
Sign in with your Amazon account. On the Amazon page, select the device to which you want to send the book. Tap the button to retrieve the library book. Kindle ” border=”0″ class=”center” src=”https://assets.pcmag.com/media/images/659026-kindle.png?thumb=y&width=980&height=701″/>
Open the Kindle app on your device and tap the book to read it.
Sending from OverDrive to Kindle
If you want to send a book from OverDrive to the Kindle app, you must select the Kindle option when you first borrow the book. There is no other way to move the book after reading it in OverDrive.
When searching for a book in OverDrive, tap Borrow Click the button and select Read Now with Kindle.
If you prefer, you can choose the Kindle as the default app. Tap Set Kindle Settings, and then select Next to Amazon.
Sign in with your Amazon account. On the Amazon page, select the device to which you want to send the book. Tap the button to retrieve the library book. Kindle ” border=”0″ class=”center” src=”https://assets.pcmag.com/media/images/659030-kindle.png?thumb=y&width=980&height=701″/>
Open the Kindle app on your device and tap the book to read it.