A library card is one of the most useful things you can have in your wallet. Libby offers free access to ebooks and audiobooks if you have a supported library card (some 90 percent of public libraries in North America now use OverDrive’s app). Not only that, you can also use Libby to read a host of magazines for absolutely zilch. Some updates are coming to the app next month that should make it easier to read the likes of The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Bon Appetit and Wired for free.
Libby says there will be streamlined access to magazines, which will seemingly be easier to subscribe to and receive an alert when there’s a new issue. There will be improved discovery, while you’ll be able to start reading with a single tap.
The company notes that the app includes access to more than 4,000 magazines with up to three years of back issues. Unlike audiobooks, ebooks and other Libby offerings, there’s no circulation cap on magazines and no restrictions on how many users can read them at once, so you won’t have to wait — unless, that is, you still need to sign up at your local library first.