You may have heard the news by now that OverDrive, Inc. has decided to discontinue the OverDrive app in 2023. You may be wondering, “What does this mean for me? I love having free eBook access from the library!” Have no fear! OverDrive, Inc. has a second library app called Libby that will give you all the same access to the library’s eBook and audio book collection with a more user friendly app experience! Libby is made by the same people, with the same goal of connecting you to your library and to your favorite books, audiobooks, and magazines. Staff from the Aurora Public Library District will be with you every step of the transition. Feel free to give us a call at 812-926-0646 with any questions or stop into the Aurora or Dillsboro Branch with your device for in-person help with the new app. Make the switch soon because the OverDrive app will be completely discontinued by the end of April 2023.
OverDrive, Inc. has decided to focus their efforts on Libby and providing the best reading experience in one app. Unfortunately this is beyond the Library’s control.
Yes! You can sideload the app on your Kindle Fire tablet. Sideloading apps from sources you trust is safe and easy. Follow these instructions from Libby to sideload the app on your Kindle Fire.
You can download the Libby app on your mobile device or use Libby in your computer’s web browser.
You can download Libby on:
-iOS 10+ (get it from the Apple App Store)
-Android 5.0+ (get it on Google Play)
-Fire OS 5+ (get it directly from OverDrive Inc, the developers of Libby)
If you have a Windows computer, Mac computer, or a Chromebook, you can use Libby in your web browser at libbyapp.com. We suggest using the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge.
When you open Libby for the first time, follow the prompts to find our library and sign in with your library card and pin number. Make sure you choose the Aurora Public Library in Indiana and not Colorado or Illinois. It will say Indiana Digital Library. If you don’t have a pin number or do not remember it please give us a call so we can set one up for you.
Yes, your current loans and holds from the OverDrive app will be added to Libby as soon as you add your library card.
Note: Reading progress and bookmarks from the OverDrive app won’t sync to Libby when you switch. You may want to finish your current loans before switching or make a note of your progress and manually pick up where you left off in Libby.
Using the icons in the footer, you can:
-Tap to search for titles.
-Tap to open the library collection you were most recently browsing.
-Tap to see your loans, holds, and tags for all your libraries.
-Tap to see your timeline.
Check out Libby’s FAQ page for more frequently asked questions.
This fall, get ready to cozy up with a great new book without holds, waitlists, or overdue dates thanks to Libby! Overdrive, Libby’s parent company, is starting another #BigLibraryRead this November, providing all Libby users with free simultaneous reader access to A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger.
Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She’s always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories.
Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he’s been cast from home. He’s found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake.
Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli’s best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven’t been in centuries.
And there are some who will kill to keep them apart.
Join in the conversation with other readers from around the world by visiting biglibraryread.com and selecting the discussion forum. Make a social media post about your reading adventures with the hashtag #BigLibraryRead to be entered for a chance to win a blanket, a new tablet, and some cool Libby swag!
Start reading November 2nd by logging onto Libby and checking out the title. It’s that simple! Not sure how to start reading e-books and e-audiobooks on Libby? Just ask a librarian or give us a call to get set up. This book club ends November 16th, so check out this title as soon as you can!
Check out November’s Big Library Read! This virtual book club run by Overdrive allows thousands of library patrons like you to check out the same e-book at the same time without any holds or wait lists!
This November, join thousands of other Overdrive and Libby users as we read Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards together! This wild, heart-pounding thriller is sure to keep those (virtual) pages turning. So, cozy up with a new book as the weather gets colder and get reading! Use the hashtag #BigLibraryRead on social media for a chance to win Libby swag, a tablet, and signed books by the author!
If you are new to Overdrive or Libby and would like assistance in setting up your account, please contact the Aurora or Dillsboro Public Libraries or speak to a librarian. We’re here to help!
The power of an app is almighty. However, if the app is too complicated to use, more likely than not, we’ll delete it. There are thousands of apps for social media, a million for gaming, and hundreds for reading. While Overdrive was the original reading app for the Aurora Public Library digital library patrons to use, we’ve been introduced to a new app called Libby, which was created by the same company that created Overdrive.
Libby is a simple to use reading app. While Overdrive has many tabs you have to click to do one simple thing, Libby is a one tap app. Once you download Libby, and login using your library card number and pin, you can start looking for titles on the very next page. Libby takes away several steps that Overdrive has and simplifies it. You can do so many amazing things with Libby!
You can add more than one library card.
You can listen to audiobooks at your own pace.
You can adjust your reading settings (font, size, space).
You can filter your Preferences to see books for specific age groups (kids, teens, adults).
You can borrow eBooks from our library and send them to your kindle!
You can change the lending period on the titles you borrow.
You can borrow magazines, eBooks, and audio books as well as videos!
The only downfall to Libby? She’s not available on as many devices as Overdrive is. Libby is only available on google Play, Apple Store, and Microsoft store. However, the creators of the app are working diligently to make Libby more compatible with other devices as well. Don’t worry though, you can set Libby to send eBooks to your kindle and still be able to read on your kindle!
April showers brought the May flowers, but it’s been pretty rainy still. With the weather as fickle as it’s been, I don’t want to leave my driveway. With OverDrive, it’s possible to lounge around my house all day without ever running out of things to read, watch, or listen to.
Here are some just-added items from the Indiana Digital Download Center:
Compulsion by Martina Boone
The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Captive Heart by Glynnis Campbell
Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly
Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Come Find Me by Megan Miranda
A Sucky Love Story by Brittani Louise Taylor
The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson
Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan
The Silent Invader by Thomas Wood
Place these upcoming releases on hold to read in your blanket fort!
Dead Man’s Mistress by David Housewright
Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan
The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes
Tightrope by Amanda Quick
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
Neon Prey by John Sandford
Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton
So many books, so little time! Do you have a go-to rainy day read? My favorite might have to be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë if only for the opening paragraphs:
The Library has magazines!
While this isn’t anything new, one might not necessarily know that one can check out magazines from the Aurora Public Library District — I’ll admit, magazines aren’t the first materials I think of when I think about the items available to check out. But we do have them, and you can check out up to ten magazines at a time for two weeks, just like a book.
We have all sorts of magazines available, too, from history magazines, DIY magazines, celebrity and entertainment magazines, cooking magazines, science magazines, automobile magazines, animal magazines, magazines for children, health magazines, fiction magazines, news magazines, and so much more! There’s bound to be something to pique your interest!
Magazines are a great way to get the non-reader to read more because they can trick one into reading the articles with their glossy photographs and pages; you might not even realize that you’re reading when you’re casually thumbing through a magazine, just waiting for something to jump out at you. Since the writers of magazine articles have to stick within a strict word count to maintain the layout of the pages, the information is handed to the reader quickly, allowing the reader to jump from article to article as they interest them.
As we are thrown right into the thick of the busy holiday season, magazines are a great way for you to keep reading without consuming much of your time. Not to mention, they’re a great way to look up unique recipes and gifts for get-togethers everyone will be sure to love. You can’t go wrong!
Now you can check out magazines with OverDrive. If you haven’t already, download the OverDrive app to your device as well as the Libby app, which will make reading and checkout so much easier for you. The best part (besides no late fees)? There is no wait time for magazines! As soon as you check out a magazine, it will be available for you to download, even if other patrons have the magazine checked out. You will never have to wait!