Have you guys all heard the hoopla about Hoopla yet? No matter how much I try (and how much I pride myself) on keeping up with the latest in online apps and technology, it seems that I’m surprised at least once a month by something that rocks my limited little world. It happened today when I was browsing my library’s website in search of a Michael Dirda book I’d seen referenced elsewhere earlier this morning. All of a sudden, I notice a little icon next to the book title that said simply “Download.”
Well, who could resist pushing that to see what might happen. You mean no waiting lines of several weeks is involved…well, sign me up.
Unfortunately/fortunately, nothing much happened – or so I thought. I was redirected to something called hoopladigital.com and told that I could check out this particular audiobook immediately – and get this, seven more items this month – if I just got off my butt and signed up via my library name and card number. I did that, and less than five minutes later I was listening to Browsings by Michael Dirda.
(The best part is that I started listening on my PC but couldn’t listen for long because I had to run an errand by noon. I found the Hoopla app for my iPhone, downloaded it, and signed on to the site via the new app. And, because the app remembered exactly where I had left off the audiobook on my PC, I was able to listen to it, via a bluetooth hookup to my car radio, the whole time I was on the road. Yes, I LOVE Hoopla.)
But wait, because it gets even better. Not only are audiobooks available; there are e-books, movies, music, comics, and television shows just waiting for you. Now granted, there aren’t a ton of titles, but there are some relatively popular ones waiting to be snapped up before Hoopla pulls them from the virtual stacks. For instance, there are audiobooks like Go Set a Watchman, Girl on a Train, A Man Called Ove, and American Gods; movies like The Giver, St. Vincent, and Parkland; e-books like Crazy Horse and Custer and Toddlers Are A**holes; comics like Saga, Suicide Squad, and Yuge; music like Hamilton, Suicide Squad, and Monkees 50; and television shows like Inspector Lewis, The Librarians, and Small Island.
How are you going to beat that?
So if this is new to you, do check with your local library system to see if your library card grants you the keys to this treasure chest. You may be as pleasantly surprised as I was…and if not, why didn’t one of you tell me about this?