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OverDrive is excellent. Why? Because it increases the availability of free stuff.
If you have a valid library card, there are free books, magazines and videos out there for the borrowing. Think of borrowing like renting... For FREE! Many libraries which lend books and allow you to browse magazines make it possible to borrow a digital and/or audio version through OverDrive.
However, your library must have these versions of your favorite books, audiobooks, magazines or videos available.
You may borrow from wherever you are. If you are vacationing in Oregon and left your neighborhood library back home in Tampa, FL., no worries. Simply login with your credentials and borrow a digital resource from Tampa and read it in Oregon.
Further, it is impossible to be charged late fees. The same invisible hand that placed your borrowed material on your Overdrive bookshelf, quietly removes it on the due date while you're sleeping!
You can expand your OverDrive universe of borrowing privileges by belonging to more than one library. Many libraries throughout the country enable a would-be borrower to apply for a non-resident library card. Some charge a fee while others do not. My residency in New York allowed me to apply for noncity resident cards New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library without a fee.
It takes some research but is well worth the effort. However, before applying and paying for any non-resident library card, make certain the library has enough OverDrive items available to justify the cost. For instance, I paid an annual fee of $27.00 for access to the Fairfax County Library system in Virginia. It remains a viable expense because Fairfax County has a great deal of material available on OverDrive.
Essentially, OverDrive makes your library accessible to you wherever you are with an internet connection.

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