By Midwest Tape, LLC
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Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.
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Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library.
From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla provides you the freedom you've been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.
Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. The freedom you want is here, now. Sign up today!
What's New in Version 4.13
• Minor bug fixes
• Fixed several issues on devices running iOS 9
Great Library, Buggy Interaction
I enjoy using Hoopla as a means to check out media digitally in connection with having a public library card. It's great for trying out music, movies and ebooks. If you love comics and have a tablet, Hoopla has a wonderful library to choose from, and the tablet provides a great experience. Overall, Hoopla has a great library to choose from. I would love to see a bookmark feature in the future (currently, there is a favorites feature that I use for bookmarking future content I intend to read/listen/etc, it would be great to split favorite from watch/listen later though).
The cons, when checking out audiobooks, they come as one large file, which was something I was not used to after something like Audible. This is compounded by the app seeming to slow down (hang up/time out) with larger files like audiobooks. In general, the app seems to be buggy here and there in small annoyances.
Even with all these bugs, I still use the app everyday, and can recommend it for its large library. Noting all the cons is to inform you that a bit of patience might be required when using it.
Want an awful app
This could be so good, a service that is associated with your public library and allows you to listen to audiobooks for free. Unfortunately, the app itself is just AWFUL. I want to repeat that, it’s awful, awful, awful. Even though I download the book to the iPhone, the app is constantly trying to connect with the server and when it doesn’t make a connection it stops. I then have to do a hard reboot of the app to get it going again. Lately that doesn’t work and I have to reboot the entire iPhone. This is probably the most terrible app I have used in the history of my iPhone. What I don’t understand is that every other app I have used for listening to an audiobook works flawlessly. How can so many get it right and Hoopla get it so wrong? This would be off my phone in a heart beat if it wasn’t the only way to get audiobooks from my library.
Hoopla needs some upgrades
I wish there was a way to preview an item before checking it out. I could tell with 15 seconds that the music cd I downloaded was not what I wanted, but there was no sample period. A person could easily use up their month's limit with finding an item they actually wanted to borrow. On OverDrive, you can sample a book or audible before checking it out.
Also, when will Hoopla add chapter information? It sure would be nice to jump to a particular chapter on audible books. Or to even know how long a chapter is. When I check out library books on Overdrive, I am able to tell how long chapters are or how many more minutes are left. This can help me get to good stopping points in my listening journey.