Libby, by OverDrive

Libby, by OverDrive for Pc

  • Category: Book
  • Last Updated: 2018-10-05
  • Current version: 1.7.0
  • File size: 19.80 MB
  • Developer: OverDrive, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

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Downloading and installing Libby, by OverDrive on your Windows PC

Download Libby, by OverDrive for Windows: Libby, by OverDrive is an Book App, developed by OverDrive, Inc.. The Book App was officially released 2016-12-12. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - OverDrive, Inc., with the latest current version being 1.7.0 which was officially released on 2018-10-05. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 203,792 Reviews on the App Store alone, with an average user rating of 5 out of a possible 5.

Using Libby, by OverDrive on your Windows computer is actually very easy but if you are new to this process, you will definitely need to pay attention to the steps listed below. This is because you will need to download and install a Desktop App emulator for your computer. We will help you download and install Libby, by OverDrive on your computer in 4 simple steps below:

1: Download an Andriod Software emulator for Windows

The importance of the emulator is that it emulates or immitates an android environment on your computer, making it super easy to install and run android apps from the comfort of your PC without buying a phone that runs android. Who says you cannot enjoy both worlds? To begin, you can download such an emulator app made by too top dogs in the space.
A. Nox App . OR
B. Bluestacks App .
Personally, I recommend the "B" option as Bluestacks is very popular so if you run into any trobles using it, you can find good solutions on Google or Bing (lol). 

2: Now Install the Software Emulator on your Windows PC

If you successfully downloaded the Bluestacks.exe or Nox.exe, go to your Downloads folder on your computer or anywhere you ususally store downloaded files.
Once you have find it, click it to install the application. It should start the installation process on your PC.
Click Next to accept the EULA License agreement.
Follow the on screen directives in order to install the application.
If you do the above correctly, the Software will be successfully installed.

3: How to Use Libby, by OverDrive for Windows PC - Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10

Now, open the Emulator application you have installed and locate the search bar. Now type Libby, by OverDrive in the search bar and hit Search. You will easily see the app. Click on Libby, by OverDrive application icon. A window of Libby, by OverDrive will open and it will display the app in your Emulator Software. Hit the Install button and your application will start downloading. Now we are all done.
Next, you will see the "All Apps" icon.
Click on it and it will take you to a page containing all your installed applications.
You should see the Libby, by OverDrive icon. Click on it and start using the application.

Hope it was not too difficult? If you have any further inquiries, contact me through the "Contact" link at the bottom of this page so I could help You. Have a nice day!

About Libby, by OverDrive

Developer Description

Meet Libby. Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. 1. Fish out your library card 2. Open the Libby app 3. Find your local library 4. Search, sample, borrow, enjoy It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a book. Libby has a ground-breaking built-in ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player. If you prefer, you can send books to your Kindle for reading. • Sign in to multiple libraries, with one or more library cards • Stay signed in for as long as you like • Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space • Sample any book with a tap — nothing to download or delete • Try a zoomable graphic novel, or a picture book with readalong audio • All your holds and loans are consolidated on a single shelf • Tag titles as read, loved, hated, wishlist, schoolbook, beach-reading, whatever you like • Your loans, holds, reading positions, bookmarks and notes are synchronized automatically across all your devices • Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab Libby is the brand new app from OverDrive Labs. We're trying to simplify and bring joy to every aspect of digital borrowing and reading. If you love it, you can use it instead of the OverDrive app. If you don't love it yet, feel free to keep using the OverDrive app, but check in on Libby from time to time — we're adding features and squashing bugs every day. Happy reading.

App Reviews

  • User friendly, but MAJOR drawback

    By D.aye
    I work in a library, and borrow audiobooks and ebooks myself frequently. Former Overdrive user, now use Libby most of the time because it is more user friendly and streamlined. However, there are two big problems that mean I can’t get rid of Overdrive just yet (I switch between the two for searching). 1) Biggest problem: if you use more than one library account (if you belong to different library systems), and you place a title on hold through 1 library, Libby will not allow you to access that title through another library, EVEN IF THAT TITLE IS AVAILABLE through the other library. If you are using Libby, you must be very careful to NOT place a hold until you’ve checked all libraries you belong to. Otherwise you’ll be waiting weeks to read a book you could have accessed immediately. You also can only place a hold on a particular title through 1 library system. 2) Through Libby you can not recommend titles for your library to buy. Our library will automatically buy an item once a certain number of requests have been made. Too bad you can’t request a purchase through Libby! I do find Libby more user friendly and recommend it to library patrons who only use 1 library, and use it myself most of the time, but the above issues are major ones for me still.
  • Fantastic! A few suggestions though...

    By CaliNative78
    After using OverDrive, I decided to try out Libby since the app looked so much more upgraded, if that's the right word. The interface is absolutely beautiful; borrowing books from the library is easy; and I love how my bookshelf looks more than I liked the one from OverDrive. I only have a couple of suggestions, however. 1) When I'm reading from the iBooks app, one feature I really like about it is the gray scale it uses, along with the day scale, sepia scale, and night mode. It would be absolutely awesome if Libby used this gray scale as well! And 2) I'm not sure if this was just a bug, but once when Libby froze, I had to force quit the app and re-launch it. However, I had to go through the entire "Welcome to Libby, please sign in" screen. For awhile it wasn't letting me sign in with my library card number until I had to start the app over again. It's just a tiny, minor thing, and it might have been just a bug, but I thought it was a bit odd. Nonetheless, I still think this app is awesome, and I'm so glad I downloaded it! You guys have done a fantastic job at designing this app, and it's helped me get back into reading again! So thanks! :)
  • A great start

    By desertrose0601
    This is basically the same app as Overdrive, just prettier. One thing I love about this app that Overdrive doesn't do though, is that it lists all your loans on one page. I live in the Los Angeles area and actually have four library cards from surrounding library systems, so it's great to be able to view all those loans in one place. Which brings me to the thing that irritates me about both this app and the Overdrive one. And maybe it's just a technical issue, but I hate that neither app has a universal search function. You have to switch libraries every time you want to search for something at multiple systems. I'd love just one consolidated search that searches all the libraries that I have cards for. I realize most people probably won't have as many cards as I do, but it's seriously irritating to have to search multiple times for a book, and then if it's in multiple places, to remember which one had a shorter wait time, etc. If it was just one single search list, it'd make my life so much easier. And considering that they seem to understand that people might have multiple cards, since they included a combined bookshelf, it just seems like an odd omission to not have a combined search function.
  • We’re going to need more wine.

    By stillsassy916
    Gabriel Union’s book of essays is a quick, easy, fun, relatable must read for every African American women trying to make it in this crazy world. Having now heard her story, I better understand how Ms. Union was able to bring my all time favorite TV character, Mary Jane Paul, to life so convincingly. I found it very satisfying the way the author touched on a wide range of weighty and painful topics, from trying to fit in at an all white school and enduring sexual assault, to the realization that preparation and accomplishment cannot overcome racial bias, with honesty, clarity, and humor. Every single chapter contains some truth that touched me deeply and made me want to call my daughter, my friend, my sister, or my white colleagues and say - read this, this is what I’ve been trying to tell you about how I feel and what I’ve experienced. I was moved by the unasked question she harbors for Prince, one that every accomplished and insecure being desires to be answered. Thank you Gabriel Union for using your own colorful language and personal experiences to express some of the fears, regrets, frustrations, and hopes shared by this 61 year old woman who is still rising up each day and chasing that joy.
  • Not as good as overdrive

    By kew.karen
    I use overdrive a lot, it's my most used app, so I'm pretty familiar with it. This is definitely a comparison review between overdrive and Libby. Overdrive wins. In overdrive, you can choose the margins as well as number of columns per page. These are not options in Libby and I noticed a huge difference. I couldn't get past the fact that almost a quarter of my screen wasn't being used. Overdrive also has more font options to choose from. The one thing I could not get past was the page animations, or lack there of, in Libby. Maybe it was too smooth? idk, but I didn't like it. Overdrive keeps the time and page and chapter counts at the bottom of the screen. You have to interrupt your reading to know what time it is or where you are in the book with Libby. I do like having the library and shelf buttons easily accessible, and it is cool that as soon as you borrow the book is in your shelf and you don't have to actually select download. I can definitely get behind the library and interface portion of Libby, but as a reader, it could do better, even if it just copied overdrive. If I had a choice, I'd just stick with overdrive since I spend more time using it as a reader than as a library or bookshelf.
  • Love Libby!

    By CyndiJan
    I don’t usually write reviews, but I really love this app! It’s so easy to use and intuitive; not to mention super cute! I particularly like the fact that once I return a book in Libby, it automatically disappears from my library. I don’t have to spend a ton of time trying to figure out what books I still have checked out or what books I already own, like other ebook apps. I’ve recommended Libby to several others, including my mom, who is somewhat technologically challenged. I believe it will be an easy app for her to figure out, especially since it ties directly into the library and there aren’t a ton of steps to check out a digital book. The only thing I wish for is the ability to sync across my devices, as I like to read on my iPad but usually use my phone to read when I have just a few minutes of downtime. And I haven’t quite figured out how to best use the Tags feature yet, nor have I attempted an audiobook (though I’m looking forward to it on my next road trip). Thanks for the great app! I’ve been using it for my library reading exclusively for the past few months and will continue!
  • Great app!

    By theabean
    Libby has a great interface and it's actually quite fun to browse and check stuff out in Libby. I enjoy the multiple ways to interact with the playback controls when listening to an audiobook. I also use the OverDrive app, which doesn't seem to be as thoughtfully or frequently updated, and it has a few more advanced features that Libby doesn't. It's nice to have them both as an option — but I absolutely prefer Libby! Great work by the developers and designers. One minor issue: I spent 10-15 frustrating minutes looking for a way to filter a search by or simply review all my tagged items in the "Library" view (even tried the "tips and tricks" for guidance but didn't find any help there)... it wasn't until I had given up and gone back to my "Shelf" view to read a book that I realized I could see tagged items there. It's not intuitive to look for my "to read" tag amongst the "shelf" of things I'm already reading, but I can live with it. Would've been helpful if the "tips and tricks" on tagging had pointed me there in the first place.
  • I will like this when they work out the bugs

    By Maobfh
    I use Overdrive quite a bit and was very interested in a new app by Overdrive that claimed it could do quite a few things that Overdrive cannot. I downloaded the app and got started right away. I use an iPhone to listen to audiobooks and an iPad Pro for books. While they push reading with Kindle, I stick with Overdrive because returning books is more cumbersome with Kindle. I read a great deal and books rarely expire on my bookshelf unless it is a reference book that I keep as long as I am allowed. I have 80+ gb storage on both devices. I have tried to use Libby but it crashes each time I tried. I never completed moving my books over, nor logging in to all my library accounts. I think I managed 2 books and 2 libraries. I removed the app and reinstalled after rebooting the device and waiting several days. Same thing. I will be excited to have some of the features listed for Libby, but as contacting Overdrive can be very difficult, I think I will wait to try again. I don’t mind beta testing software but communication with the developer is critical. I am curious if others have had similar experiences. Reviews suggest not but some may just walk away.
  • Good app, but could be improved

    By PamShetler
    I read ebooks and listen to audiobooks all the time. I have more than one library card and like that Libby remembers the titles I’ve searched for, so finding a book is more efficient than in Overdrive. But, I’d love a universal search that would look through ALL of my libraries at once. I love that all my titles are on one shelf and I can see the due dates. Holds are also clearly manageable. But I need a Wish List like Overdrive. When I hear of a new title I want to read, I’m often not ready to borrow it or put a hold on it at that moment. Regarding audiobooks, I still use Overdrive because Libby does not have skip ahead, and more importantly skip back when I don’t catch something. I use that often in Overdrive and Libby needs to add that feature. For ebooks, I still read on the Kindle app because Libby does not have the means of highlighting and then exporting the highlighted passages. I am a member of a number of book clubs and love to highlight passages for future reference. So basically, as Libby stands, I only use it to search for, place holds, and borrow books. Please make these changes so I can completely move to Libby, instead of juggling 3 apps.
  • Resparked my desire to read on the go!!

    By Winnkcake
    I’m on the go a lot and never really enjoyed buying ebooks, but also never have the time to go to the library/ read the hard copies. Libby allows me to search and find audiobooks and listen to them while I’m at work. I’ve even warmed up to reading ebooks to see if I’d like to buy the hard copy later on. Previously using overdrive to check out books was clumsy and never had a definitive software to read it on so I had to just book mark it on a web browser now Libby takes care of the webpage and stores it nearly all in one single app. The User Interface is great and simple. The set up was painless and the software is intuitive. Just click around a bit and you pick it up in seconds.I especially enjoy the simple icon that shows me how long a wait is for a book and what # I am in line. This keeps me connected to my public library system and really enjoy that ! P.s I love that I can change my Libby icon to match my skin tone. It’s a nice subtle touch !