Ali Martell: Straight Up, With a Twist


The OverDrive App Replaces the Library

Take out books in your underwear!

I am anti-library. 

As a huge reader (I read 61 books in 2011 and have decided to try to read 62 in 2012) and someone with the ability to walk past a bookstore without dropping at least $200, you would think that the library would be my best friend.

But, if you haven't figured it out by now, I'm sort of an odd duck. I own it, of course, and frequently allow my freak flag to fly. 

You see, when it comes to library books, all I think about while I am holding the library book in my hand is what that mystery smear could possibly be and HOW MANY BATHROOMS HAS THIS BOOK BEEN IN? The commode is one of the most popular places to read. You know, while a person’s nether bits are exposed. All I can possibly think about are all of the orifices that may have germified the very edition I now hold in my hands.

Additionally, I am the kind of person who doesn't deal well with due dates and late fees. I am fairly certain I still owe the Blockbuster at Bayshore Mall in Milwaukee $87.43. 

So, the library was out. 



Meet my new boyfriend. His name is OverDrive

Isn't he handsome?

OverDrive does two very important things. 

Thing the first: It allows me to take as many eBooks out of the libarary as I wish. I never have to look at any rogue, strange smears and I never have to think about whose hair lap the book last laid upon. 

Thing the second: It allows me to take as many eBooks out of the library as I wish and it never requires me to return them or pay any late fees. After three weeks, the book simply just disappears from my eReader. 

All you need is a library card and you can either get the app from the iTunes store (which allows you to download straight to your iPhone, iTouch, or iPad) or the media console (which allows you to download books to your computer, Kindle, Android, Blackbery and more!). And then you can take out books from your bed, when there's a snowstorm outside, from your kitchen table, or on the subway.

And, the best part? It's super easy to use. I was even able to teach my father-in-law to use it. 

And now he doesn't have to worry about the smears or the bathroom either. He is wildly appreciative. 

As I'm sure you are.