For a few years now, I’ve slowly been moving to digital formats when reading (or listening) to books. I’ve also been listening to audiobooks more, however this year, there’s about an equal split between audio and ebooks.
Anyway, I wanted to share my favorite bookish apps that bookworms need to have if you don’t have them already.
For Library Readers
Libby & Hoopla Apps
If you love to read library books, get the Libby app (run by Overdrive) AND the Hoopla app. I wrote detailed descriptions for Libby and Hoopla, so you can go ahead and read my breakdown between the two.
I personally have both apps installed on my phone because this means, I can get twice the number of borrows from the library! If you haven’t noticed already, each app has different maximum borrows, but they don’t count against each other!
Tip: Hoopla also doesn’t have a “waiting” period for borrows and you can borrow books immediately!
Chrome Library Extension
If you haven’t already done so, download the Library Extension for Google Chrome. Once installed to your browser, this will check if the book you are currently looking at is available to check out from the library! It supports both Libby/Overdrive and Hooplah, so you are able to check out your favorite book without manually searching your library!
I have this extension and it’s connected to my Los Angeles Public Library card. I love that it tells me how many ebooks and audiobooks are available and how many have been checked out.
For Audiobook Lovers
While Libby/Overdrive and Hoopla can also be used for audiobooks, my other audiobook go-to app is the Audible app. I am an Audible Gold member (affiliate link) and I subscribe to Audible Escape (affiliate link) – this is the new Audible Romance Package* (my review).
*Note: The Audible Romance Package has now been discontinued by Audible and replaced with Audible Plus.
I also wrote a post about gadgets and apps for audiobook lovers, so you may want to check that out.
For the Bookstagrammer
If you are a bookstagrammer, you should use Later. It’s an app where you can schedule and plan your Instagram posts! It is a paid subscription, but I use the free version and even with the limits, it helps me schedule my posts.
What I love about Later is that I can schedule my Instagram posts on my computer and not just use the app! I find it easier to schedule my posts on my laptop than on my phone. You are only able to schedule posts for 2 weeks though and not see the previous posts if you are using the free option.
For the Book Blogger
If you have noticed the graphics that I use for my blog posts – YAY! I use Canva for creating graphics and templates that I use all the time! I am a bit particular about how things look and I want it to have the same format and with Canva, I have that ability.
Canva also has a paid option and a free version. I’m only using the free version and it fits my needs perfectly! And there is also an app! I use it as a template for some of my IG stories!
What other apps and extensions do you use?
Do you have any bookish discussion suggestions? Please submit them here!
Chana @ Paper Procrastinators says
This post is so helpful! I’ve used Canva in the past, and it was really convenient and easy to use. I LOVE Libby! I have library cards at two different libraries but Libby puts all my loans and holds in one section so that I don’t have to switch between libraries to see them, and it is amazing!
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Canva is my go-to! And the Chrome extension is VERY, very helpful!
Julianna Aislynn d'Merricksson says
Great suggestions! I have Canva, but I also use other pic/photo apps like PicsArt for crafting Instagram pics. PicsArt also has cool challenges for the creative people out there. I’m going to have to check out the Later app. Looks useful!
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Thanks for the tip! I’ll check PicsArt out!
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction says
I’d never heard of that Chrome Library Extension. I’ll definitely have to check that out. And Later sounds worthwhile too, if the free version is useful enough. Thanks for these recommendations!
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Oh, Nicole, it’s the BEST THING EVER!! You just need to install the extension and then login with your library card for Overdrive and Hooplah and you should see borrow links when you visit sites like Goodreads, Amazon, B&N! They are not 100% accurate, though but based on my usage, they have been 90% accurate!