Buying books can get pricey. Enter: OverDrive. This app carries e-books and audiobooks from more than 30,000 public libraries worldwide! Remember libraries? Endless aisles of books, FOR FREE. The app’s usefulness will depend on how good your local library’s ebook selection is. My local library, Milpitas Library, has a lot of options. But, I know some other cities have meh selections.
Once you install the app, enter in (and save) your local library. From there, you’re taken to your library’s website and asked to provide your library card number. Voila! Search a seemingly endless stream of books by title, author, ISBN number, category, or popularity. Note that sometimes there is a waitlist -- since libraries only have access to certain copies of e-books or audiobooks, just like they do for physical books -- but, I haven’t had to wait more than two weeks to read even the buzziest best-sellers. It’s super easy to place a hold, and you’ll be emailed once your item is ready to download. The app also serves as a Reader! You can adjust the font, text size, and brightness. You can also highlight within chapters.