If it’s been a while since you read a book or just think it’s time for you to make the time to read more, allow me to introduce you to Libby.
“What’s Libby?” you ask.
Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from your public library. You can stream books with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. All you need to get started is a library card.https://help.libbyapp.com/6144.htm accessed 1/27/2020
If you want to read more books, Libby may be able help. You can stream or download magazines, ebooks and audiobooks in a wide range of subjects and genres.
I’m currently enjoying the audiobook “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett, read by Tom Hanks. The book is beautifully written and I’m toward the end of it now. (I have a feeling I know what’s going to happen, but we’ll see.) Tom Hanks is a great narrator, though I admit, at times he sounds just like Woody from Toy Story : )
With Libby, you can read ebooks anytime, anywhere on your phone or tablet and listen to audiobooks while driving or cooking dinner.
To get started with Libby.
1. Get a library card from your local library.
2. Download the Libby app on your mobile device.
3. Link your library card to Libby.
4. Find a book or audiobook on the app.
5. Start listening/reading.
While I use Libby a lot these days, I’m finding it important to keep reading print books as well.
For these reasons:
1. I have to hold a book in my hands and focus on the text. That means no multi-tasking.
2. I give the writer my full attention. It’s only courteous if you think about it. He or she is talking to me!
3. It forces me to practice reading the words on the page, instead of skimming the text, a bad habit I’ve developed by skimming headlines online.
Take a look. It’s in a book.
If you really want to read more but haven’t gotten started, Libby can help you “turn the page” toward a more robust reading life.
For more information about Libby, availability, and how to get started, go to LibbyHelp
Think listening to an audiobook is cheating? Sometimes it kind of feels that way to me too, but this article in Discover magazine offers an interesting insight to reading vs. listening: Audiobooks or Reading? To our brains, it doesn’t matter
Have you been thinking about reading more? Do you have a book you’ve been dying to read? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.