My local library has some really great resources when it comes to online borrowing. A lot of us are aware of the Overdrive system, as it is the one most widely used by libraries all around the world.
A few years back, I became interested in reading graphic novels. Being a creature of habit, I wanted to stick with the electronic copies. Overdrive had nothing. (Sidebar that there are now graphic novels available on Overdrive. Yay!) While looking at the website for my local library, I saw they had another site I could access called Freading. This was where all of the graphic novels were. So I logged in.
Freading has an app on both Android and iOS. I haven’t personally tried it yet, because it is a newer addition. Back when I started using Freading, it was all done through Adobe Digital Editions. But now there is even a handy dandy app!
The last time I logged onto Freading (excluding last night) I logged right back out. The covers made me feel really anxious. What was I looking at? At first, I felt like the Freading catalogue was comparable to the NetGalley “Read Now” section. Some good titles. A lot of unknown authors and publishers. A lot of bad covers that are really hard to see past.
Last night, I decided to check it out again, and I want to revise my opinion. It isn’t so much like the NetGalley “Read Now” section (though a lot of the titles in my library’s selection are also on my NetGalley awaiting reviews… go figure!) but more like a used bookstore. There are some really great titles hiding in there, but you might have to dig a bit.
Essentially, if you are looking for any of the Big 5 publishers, or their imprints, look at Overdrive first. But if you are looking for something a little more niche, something local, something that might be an e-book of an older book, etc.? Look at Freading. You might need to dig a bit, but it will be well worth it in the end!
Some of my most anticipated books of the year are on Freading, and not on Overdrive. Some of the books I was having a really hard time finding in the library system in general are hiding right there, in plain sight.
What kind of non-Overdrive electronic borrowing resources does your local library have?
Stay bookish, lovelies!