This App Lets You Download Free E-Books, Magazines, Comic Books, and Audiobooks From Your Library

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Even if your local library is closed during the novel coronavirus outbreak, you can still use your library card in quarantine. As Thrillist reports, Libby is an app that works with local libraries to give you free access to audiobooks, e-books, comic books, and magazines wherever you are.

Libby, an app from the digital reading company Overdrive, is connected to 90 percent of public libraries in North America. To use the app, just enter the information from your library card and start browsing digital titles available through your local branches. If you don't have a library card yet, some participating libraries will allow you to sign up for a digital card in the app. That way, you don't have to leave home to start reading.

As more people are looking for e-books and audiobooks to pass the time at home, Overdrive has made it possible for multiple users to check out the same title at once. That means as more libraries shift to a 100 percent online loan system for the time being, it will be easier to meet their patrons' needs.

No matter what your current literary mood may be, you should have no trouble finding something to read on Libby. Downloadable titles from the New York Public Library currently available through the app include the e-book of Becoming by Michelle Obama, the e-book of Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, and the audiobook of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. After you download a book, you can send it to your Kindle device, and all items are automatically returned on their due date. Download the free app today to start browsing.

[h/t Thrillist]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Get a New Type of Coffee and a Vintage Book Mailed to You Every Month With Bookishly’s Subscription Box

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CrateJoy

Subscription boxes are an easy way to discover new treats, products, or hobbies each month without having to do any of the work yourself. Some are based on TV shows like The Office or movies like Harry Potter, while others are focused on meal plans and snacks. Bookishly wants to celebrate the nostalgic combination of a cozy cup of coffee and a pre-loved vintage book with a new subscription box that mails a curated selection of both to you every month, starting at just $13.

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Available on CrateJoy, Bookishly’s Coffee & Vintage Book Club gives people the chance to explore a different bag of ground coffee each month from Perkulatte in the UK, along with a paperback that's been curated by the team. The books range from classics by John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald to obscure thrillers, pulps, and dramas. If you're more of a tea drinker, there's a version of the book club available for you as well for $17 a month. The boxes also come with beautiful stationery that changes each month.

That's far from the only coffee- or book-related subscription boxes you can find on CrateJoy. Head here to see more.

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