RBdigital is moving to Libby

A few years ago, the Plum Creek Library System added RBdigital audiobooks to our digital library. This week, the content available from RBdigital will be moving to another app many of you are already familiar with – Libby.

The move is set to take place for the Plum Creek Library System this Wednesday, Oct. 14.

What does this mean for you? Here is what you should know before the move takes place.

Holds, wish lists, and checkout history

If you have holds in RBdigital, they will not move over to Libby. The same is true for wish lists and checkout history. If you would like a list of your holds, wish list, and checkout history, you can export your transaction history from RBdigital under “My Account>Profiles.” Holds can be placed again in Libby, and wish lists can be recreated.

Current loans

If you have audiobooks currently checked out from RBdigital, they will remain available to you until the end of their lending period.

How to get Libby

Libby can be downloaded for free from your device’s app store. All you need to sign in is your library card. If you are unable to use Libby on your device, you can download OverDrive instead, or visit our OverDrive site.

As always, if you have any questions about our digital library, please do not hesitate to call or email me. I am happy to help!

Happy reading!

~Val

Favorite book formats

Most people, it seems, have a favorite book format. Some are quite outspoken about liking – or disliking – a certain format, while others seem to just be quietly drawn to one type. Some choose a format out of necessity – large print or audio, for example.

I used to be a snob about ebooks, but now, they are my favorite format. I love the convenience and ease of use. I don’t have the best vision, so I love being able to adjust to fonts and colors that are easier for me to see (I prefer a dark background with white text). I love that I don’t have to worry about finding good lighting to read in, because my tablet is already lit up. By far, most of my reading in the past several years has consisted of ebooks. I’m so used to it, I sometimes try to swipe a page instead of turning it when I’m reading a paper book.

My second favorite book format is the mass-market paperback. There are, generally, two different types of paperbacks. Trade paperbacks are about the size of a hardcover book, but with a paper cover instead. Mass-market paperbacks are considerably smaller. I love mass-market paperbacks because they are light and easy to hold onto (most of the time; really long books don’t work very well in mass-market size). They are very portable – easy to toss into a purse, beach bag, or suitcase.

I think my next favorite format is probably the audiobook. I’ve come to believe that nearly any task is made bearable with an audiobook. A day of cleaning and doing laundry becomes much more pleasant with an audiobook playing. I have a bluetooth speaker that is my frequent companion around the house. It perches on the arm of the chair or couch, lounges in the laundry basket, and witnesses my morning makeup routine while dutifully projecting whatever audiobook I’ve currently got downloaded on my phone.

We are so lucky to have books in formats for any occasion and available to people of all abilities. What is your favorite way to read?

Happy reading!

~Val

Fun (and slightly creepy) audiobooks for fall

Now that school is back in session, I’ve got more time for listening to audiobooks. Since it’s fall, I’m in the mood for gothic classics. I started with “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James, which I wanted to re-read because of an upcoming TV series based on the book. Then I decided to re-read “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier, because there is a new film adaptation coming out.

Both of these audiobooks were wonderful. Next I decided to re-read “Northanger Abbey,” which I have not read since college. It’s fun to revisit it, especially since it mentions “The Mysteries of Udolpho” several times, and I read that last year. Next I’m thinking about another re-read – maybe a favorite such as “Wuthering Heights” or “Jane Eyre”? “Frankenstein”? Another book by Daphne du Maurier? Maybe all of the above?

If you’re looking for a good audiobook for fall, here are some favorites that I have listened to in years past. Warning: some of these are rather long.

“The Woman in White,” Wilkie Collins

“The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice,” Wilkie Collins

“The Tenant of Wildfell Hall,” Anne Bronte

“The Mysteries of Udolpho,” Ann Radcliffe

“The Haunting of Hill House,” Shirley Jackson

“We Have Always Lived in the Castle,” Shirley Jackson

Audiobooks are a great way to read classics, especially longer ones. I like audiobooks for re-reading as well, because my brain doesn’t have to do quite as much work when it’s a story I’m already familiar with.

Until next time, happy reading!

~Val