A couple weeks back, I weighed whether it would save money to pay $10 a month to subscribe to Amazon Kindle unlimited to borrow unlimited ebooks and audiobooks. With most Kindle ebooks costing between $8 and $11, the math seemed to favor subscribing to the unlimited service.
What could be better than unlimited ebooks and audiobooks for $10 a month?
With just a little digging, I discovered something that had the potential to be even better — the free OverDrive Media Console app for iPhone:
There are also apps available for Android, Windows Phone, Kindle, Nook, Mac or Windows.
The app gives you access to free, unlimited ebook and audiobook downloads through your local public library or school, if they’ve partnered with OverDrive.
Better yet, you can download straight through the app or the website meaning no trips to the actual library are necessary!
Here’s the gist of how it would work:
- Download the app
- For now, you have to create an Adobe ID for copyright authorization, but the forthcoming version of the app will not require it
- Use the app to find your local library within the big list of libraries and bookmark it
- Browse for an ebook or audiobook
- Check it out using your library card (or student ID, if that applies)
- The book will automatically delete itself from your phone when it’s due — usually two to three weeks — so there’s never any late fees. Alternately, you can just return it when you’re done
And that’s that!
One thing I’d suggest is that if there’s a popular or new book you’re thinking of reading, you should put yourself on the waiting list as soon as possible because I hear that these can go long. Otherwise, this seems like a pretty solid option.
Good luck and enjoy your long weekend!