Thursday, August 18, 2016

Have You Used OverDrive Yet?

Are you an avid reader? Do you find yourself spending too much on your reading habit? A subscription service such as Kindle Unlimited or Scribd may be the thing for you. Back in 2013, the future looked bright for these services. Since then, Oyster went out of business and Scribd just trimmed down their service to a limited number of reads per month. 

While Amazon is still offering unlimited reads, it limits you to mostly self-published books. The main top traditional publishers opted not to make their books available on Kindle Unlimited.

My daughter and I often discuss our favorite authors during our long distance calls. Recently, I recommended she read the long-running series by J.R. Ward, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are over a dozen books in the series, and Amazon lists the fourteen-pack title at $117 for the ebooks. My daughter quickly called me back to say that she was spending way to much on books, and she couldn't do that.

I whipped out my Kindle Fire and opened up a sweet little app called OverDrive. You can download the app from the Google Play Store, your Apple store, your Kindle App store, etc. 

In order to use OverDrive, you must have a library card from a public library: any public library in the USA that is listed in the OverDrive directory. I believe that just about every public library is listed. You log into your library and borrow the books you want.

I did a quick search on my library, and just about every book by J.R. Ward showed up in ebook format. Some were signed out, but you can put a hold on the ones you want, and as soon as a book is available, the library notifies you. There are audio books also available. When you borrow the book, you can choose epub or kindle. 

I told my daughter about OverDrive, and she reluctantly downloaded the app, thinking that it was too good to be true. Within minutes, she had books two and three downloaded, and a day later, she was notified that the first book was now available. She was thrilled. Now, if she likes the series, she can buy it later when they are on sale and have it for ever.

The books are checked out to you for 21 days, and you can check out multiple titles at the same time. There is no charge. The books can download straight to your Kindle, Nook, iPad, depending on what you choose. 

Best of all, there are bestsellers and novels by popular authors available. You are limited only by what the library has. If the book you want is not on the list, you can use OverDrive to recommend to the library that they purchase the title.

Are there negatives? The only one I see is that the latest releases are grabbed quickly, and you usually have to wait a few weeks to get them. If you are willing to wait for them, you can read them for FREE! Really for FREE with no strings attached.

At this time, I feel it's important to make clear that I do not work for OverDrive. I am not connected to or, in any way, make money from Overdrive. I do not in any way profit from recommending them. I honestly like their app and feel that my readers deserve to know about it.

Click on the link below to visit the OverDrive site. 








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