Sonos Speakers Now Stream Library Audiobooks for Free with Libby App

May 4 2020, 00:10
OverDrive, the service offered by local libraries or schools that allow users to borrow ebooks and audiobooks, announced that its dedicated Libby app is now compatible with all Sonos wireless home sound systems. When a Sonos user connects Libby to their speaker system, they can enjoy popular audiobooks, learn a foreign language, or entertain the kids throughout the house by accessing tens of thousands of titles from their public library. To get started, users only need the Sonos app, the Libby app – available from 90 percent of public libraries in North America – and a valid library card.

"This new Sonos compatibility is our latest response to how librarians are evolving to best promote and provide access to books and reading anytime, anywhere," says Shannon Lichty, Vice President of Partner Services at OverDrive. "Our partnership with Sonos for public library audiobooks will enable millions of households to enjoy the sounds and narration of a great story anywhere a Sonos speaker is connected."

Available in over 7 million households, Sonos speakers are easy to connect with Libby. Users download the Sonos app, then connect with their Libby account to access any audiobook available on their Loans Shelf and play it on the Sonos speakers. Progress syncs with the Libby app as well, allowing users to easily switch between devices, their Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connected car and other Bluetooth connected speakers.

Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with the popular digital collections of libraries on nearly any device. Readers may browse the library's digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card.

Libby is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Sonos speakers. With Libby, readers can also "send to Kindle" devices and apps [US only]. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use. Once installed, the app helps users find their local public library and begin borrowing ebooks and audiobooks immediately.

Founded in 1986, and based in Cleveland, Ohio, OverDrive works with a growing network of 45,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries. Apart from Libby, Overdrive also offers Sora, the student reading app that works with schools.
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