With summer fast approaching, reading lists are being compiled for work and leisure. But did you know that there is a free app for a variety of devices, including iOS, Android, and Chromebook, that provides you access to digital formats of tons of books? The OverDrive app does just that for those on the run, or those who need alternative formats.
Since I am an Apple user, I'd like to share how I use it on my iPhone/iPad.
After you download the OverDrive on your iOS device, it will prompt you to chose/add your library. Search and select the library to which you have your library card. For example, I live in Rhode Island so my digital library is through Ocean State Libraries E-Zone.
Digital texts are noted with an open book icon in the top right corner of the selection; headphones signify audiobooks. Note, if the icon is gray, it is not available for instant gratification download. If it is black, it is.
AppleVis, a forum for people with vision impairment who use Apple products. And F.Y.I., the app requires iOS 6.0 or later to run.
If you don't have a library card from your local library, go get one. You are missing out on a rite of passage as well as a free means to access books in tangible, digital and audio formats. If you are looking for a local library, check out http://www.publiclibraries.com. This site provides a listing of public libraries all over the United States.