Last year I didn’t have very many books in English to read here in Paris.   I had a few dropped off from relatives and friends in England and California.  But they weren’t really to my taste.

So for Mother’s day last year I got a Kindle.  I used our Amazon Kindle Unlimited account to download books.  However, I didn’t use it frequently since what I wanted to read often wasn’t a part of the Kindle Unlimited choices.  So, I still wasn’t happy with my reading choices.

THEN, I discovered the options for taking out e-books from the library using Overdrive.

The last time I looked into borrowing e-books from the library (a while ago)  it was much more cumbersome!  Now with Overdrive it is super easy!

Overdrive is a free service offered by libraries and schools that lets you borrow digital content (like ebooks and audiobooks) anytime, anywhere. Every OverDrive collection is slightly different because each library or school picks the digital content they want for their users.

I have two library accounts that connect to Overdrive.

One is back in California.  The books can be downloaded directly through my Amazon account to the Kindle.  The site has a great search and recommendation engine.

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One is back in Canada at the Toronto Library.  The books can be downloaded directly to my phone through an app called Libby.  (Kindle can only be used for books borrowed from the US libraries).

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The Toronto library system also had a great search and recommendation engine.  It even had a category called “Toronto in Fiction.”  One of the books is called “Fables of Brunswick Ave.”  I used to live on Brunswick Ave!  So, I have borrowed the book and am excited to read it!

In summary, Overdrive lets you add whatever libraries you belong to.  Between the two libraries I belong to, I have more than enough books to read and almost any book that I have thought of is available.  A few I have put on hold.  Each library site offers 20-30 books and holds and allows me to borrow them for up to 21 days.

I was also able to download Agatha Christie’s “And then there were none” for fille to read for English class.  A lot easier than trying to find a hard copy in Paris!