I spent my childhood bouncing between my local library and The Christmas Tree Shop. I fell in love with reading because at least I had something to do at the library. The Christmas Tree Shop didn’t have a toy aisle yet….the barbarians. In college the library was my sanctuary and I desperately miss the silent section. Whoever came up with the concept of open office plans must have been the most focused human being on the planet. Or wanted corporate America to collapse.
Anywho…do you love to read but would rather spend your paycheck on brunch, rather than books? I don’t blame you. I hate rereading/rewatching things, so why bother taking up valuable space in your apartment? The OverDrive Library has saved me hundreds of dollars over the years. Here’s why you should check it out for yourself.
You should take advantage of the OverDrive Library if you…
- Want thousands of titles at your fingertips. All you need is internet access and a library card. You can even download the app to take your content to go. You’re not just limited to the classics like most free book apps. You’ll find the perfect blend of best sellers and books you’ve never heard of before.
- Don’t have the time to hop in the car and drive to your local library. Besides banks, libraries have some of the most inconvenient hours. Especially in the summer. What do you mean that you close by the time I get out of work and you’re closed every Saturday during the summer?! Luckily for you, you can rent whenever and wherever you like with OverDrive.
- Are dying to read the latest book turned movie/TV show. Unfortunately, so is everyone else. The bright side is that you get to read it for free…but it might take a while. If you have the patience, place a hold and get in line. OverDrive has the option to automatically borrow the content when it’s your turn and sends you an email. It’s pretty convenient, especially if you have a goldfish brain like mine. Sometimes I forget I place holds on things and weeks later I get a happy surprise in my inbox.
- Hate being slammed with late fees. Never will I ever rent a RedBox DVD because A) I don’t have a DVD player, B) I’d remember to return it once my fees racked up to half a month’s rent. I love how your books are automatically returned once your time is up.
Gain access to….
Hate to read? No problem, you can have a brilliant actor read to you. Not interested in stories but want to stare at recipes that will never come out like the picture? Not to worry, OverDrive has you covered.
Before I hopped onto the podcast bandwagon, I would listen to audiobooks on my commute. I listen to hours of content a day and my podcast subscriptions can’t satisfy my thirst for knowledge. I’m a sucker for fun facts, trivia, and interesting conversations. But not to worry. I’m the farthest thing from an intellectual, as you will see from the latest books my brain encountered.
Audiobooks with OverDrive saves me a small fortune. I can go through at least one or two a week. Even if you don’t have a long commute, throw one of these bad boys on while you’re cleaning. Your house will be spotless. You only have 2 weeks to listen, so you better get a head start on your dishes. And don’t worry if you get interrupted before you pause, it automatically rewinds 10ish seconds so you remember where you left off.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- Ebook: $8.99
- Paperback: $10.26
- Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
- Ebook: $11.99
- Paperback: $11.00
- The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
- Ebook: $7.99
- Paperback: $9.41
- The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes
- Ebook: $7.39
- Paperback: $9.91
Savings on these summer reads alone: $35+
Some people are paper fanatics. If it doesn’t smell like it’s been in a closet for 30 years, they’re not interested. Personally, I’ve dropped way too many novels on my face. I say good riddance to paperbacks and hello to blue-light-shining, never-going-to-get-a-good-night’s-sleep-again e-reader. Aka my iPad. While the website might say you only get 2 weeks to read, I have a pro-tip/life hack for you. Don’t close out of the book in your Kindle app. You can cancel out of your Kindle app, but don’t go to the library screen on your Kindle. If you remain in the book, you can squeeze at least an extra week out of your rental. No one has to know…
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Ebook: $10.99
- Paperback: $9.64
- Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
- Ebook: $9.99
- Paperback: $10.80
Savings on these summer reads alone: $20+
I’ve never actually used this feature but this would be great if you lived in the Stone Age didn’t have a Netflix or Hulu account. Most of the content available for my library are for children and older movies, but this is a great place to look if you’re trying to hunt something specific down. Especially because video streaming platforms are more about making their content than borrowing others. RIP Food Network and Disney marathons.
Note: This post is not sponsored by OverDrive. I just wanted to share my love for free content with someone other than my mom.
Side Note: I love my mom to pieces but she is technologically challenged. BUT, even she can use the OverDrive Library with no problem. That means that you can too.
- Have you ever used OverDrive before?
- Do you prefer reading actual books or ebooks?
- What was the last book you read/listened to?