Great Especially for the Cost 4/5
Great app full of a lot of free content with only the requirement of a library card. You can't complain when the app costs you nothing and there is so much content.
I used to love this app 1/5
Loved this app at first. Now I hate it! Have not been able to down load anything for months!
Great concept but some glitches 3/5
By Andrew Roche
Love this app when it works but on my iPhone 7 with OS 10.3.2, it sometimes fails to download albums due to 'error.' Also, when I download a title I have checked out previously, it sometimes fails to play the title offline.
Wonderful find 4/5
By Mom confused
This is a great app to have. At first you could only find books and then it got better with movies! And it's all for free. No waiting, just borrow. You can even download audio books and listen offline. The books sometimes lock up and you lose your place. I wish you could borrow more items.
Love it 5/5
Great to pass time on road trips!
Has its glitches, but hey it's free 4/5
There are some glitches, but it also has free books, audiobooks, music and Movies. I think the price makes up for the annoyance.
Use it all the time, just wish there were more popular titles 4/5
I love hoopla, I just wish that more popular titles were available.
Good but not great 4/5
Great concept and works pretty well. My only complaint is that when I download the audiobook to my phone, it'll intermittently cut off saying the app can't contact the servers... I thought that was the point of downloading it... that it doesn't need to used data. Then I'll need to close the app, reopen, and start it up again. Funnily enough, I've never had that happen when I'm streaming it 🤔
Also, it sometimes forgets where you left off and puts you back at the beginning. I have to take a screenshot every time I'm going to close the app to make sure I can find where I was.
SF User 2/5
By Anonymouse 🐀
Like others, I agree that the app is excellent, but only when it works. As of recent, I have been trying to download the music so I can listen offline. I at not only unable to listen to the music online, but cannot download if offline. Please fix this issue!!
GREAT APP 5/5
My kids and I love this app!!!👍🏼😬😬
Problems with Listening Speed 3/5
Good app, but the listening speed resets every time you pause it
By Crazy $&@?
Use mainly for audiobooks and love it!
Content is good, app needs bug fixes 3/5
As others have said,
- app has difficulty remembering where you were.
- even if you download the book it keeps trying to connect to the server frequently and if you don't have internet the book doesn't work
- the search is very basic, it is difficult to find right content, should enhance to add an advanced search option
- sometimes the book is playing but no sound, closing the app and opening again fixes it
Despite all the issues above I use the app a lot, heard many Neil Gaiman books.
More hassle than it's worth, but better than nothing at all 2/5
I would love to love this app, but it is only reliable about 20% of the time. You constantly have to bookmark because there's no guarantee that the app will remember the last place you left off - not fun on a 20+ hour recording to try to get back to where you were. Repeatedly. The constant server error notices (which means the app is not connecting/working) are annoying. I sometimes have to close the app multiple times to get it to run. No good in downloading the book to your device if you don't have access to service (on a plane or remote road trip, for example). It's beyond frustrating at times.
Good but need improvement. 3/5
Sometime my audio books starts from beginning and it's very frustrating. Also audio books doesn't have chapters. Please improve in both of these area.
Fantastic app!! 5/5
If they don't have it they can get it!! Such a great app!!!! Remember just ask them for a book and give it a little time!!!!
Good app 5/5
Free. Great selection.
I like it
Free audiobooks 4/5
Who can complain about free audiobooks with just a library card!
Great app! 5/5
By Reinhold Messner
I'm very glad my library provides this service.
Great! And Convenient! 5/5
Free Education! Free Knowledge!
Good tool 4/5
I love my hoopla app for listening to audiobooks from my library. There have noticed minor glitches but they are cleared up sooner or later.
Love it! 4/5
By Seriously ffs
I love this app! It has some issues. Some are app related and some are mine. Mine is mainly that they only let you have 8 per month and that you have to be on the ball (at 8pm be ready to choose your selections or you have to wait until the next day.) to get your choices. That being said there are tons of books. My hang up is audiobooks and this app has tons! Make sure to update regularly! It will effect your experience.
Great way to find new things 5/5
I use it for audio books in the car, stuff that I wouldn't spend time reading. It works like a champ, sometimes I prefer it to the web version
Mostly great 3/5
I love getting books from the library without leaving home. I think 1 click is a bit better but since the library went with hoopla there seems to be much more selection. It loads chapters really clunky but over all is serviceable
Well made app for an exceptional service 5/5
By Keivan R
Let's you read ebooks, listen to audiobooks, and watch movies/documentaries as part of your subscription to your local library. Great service and well designed application.
Awesome little app 5/5
By Ruiz Enterprises
No cost with a library card subscription.
For the Whole Family 5/5
Our entire family loves his app and gets so much out of it! There are a handful of titles I've searched and haven't found, but very often if I'm looking for a recommended read it's available, completely FREE! I don't have to purchase through Kindle or Audible. My kids love it and listen to good stories like Boxcar kids while falling asleep. There are many videos for children too! There is a limit per month but if you have multiple devices like a family iPad and library cards for each member of your family your options expand!
Great app, very easy to use to find great read. 5/5
By Mary greencny
Easy to use, easy to find good books and
Great App (when it works) 2/5
I love all the content that this app opens up, but the quality control on the app is terrible.
I almost always use this app to listen to audio books. Occasionally, the app will completely loose it's mind when resuming a book and start over from the beginning. This will happen at least once per book. This has always been a problem, and doesn't seem to be getting any better.
A couple revisions ago, they fixed a problem where the app would forget what playback speed it was set to and start playing back at 1x speed, no matter what the interface said it was sopposed to be playing back. So everytime you pause and restart the audio, you have to cycle through the settings. This bug was gone for a while and now it's back, very frustrating.
New update ruins it 1/5
The previous version finally worked, and this brand new update has, once again, hosed it. The audiobooks don't remember their place. If I pause, I now have to restart the app to make it work and if I didn't remember to bookmark my place, I'm screwed. Boo.
Edit: they fixed it and ruined it again. 2 years later and an old issue returns.
It does it's job, but... 3/5
By DJ Teddy Bear
I use it only for audio CDs. Specifically, stand-up comedy performance recordings.
It works OK but lacks features that normal audio players have, such as forward and reverse of just a few seconds at a time.
If I download several titles at a time, it doesn't have a good method to indicate which ones I've listen to. It also sometimes forgets where I am on a particular CD and restarts at the beginning.
But, at least I get to listen to famous comedians for free…
Wonderful audio books!! 5/5
I love the audio books available on Hoopla. The selection is so vast. I find that I am able to listen to books while driving or just folding laundry. It makes the most menial tasks less annoying.
Love the layout 5/5
It's so easy to browse new titles by popularity or any category. Fantastic app.
Audiobooks are great! 4/5
I've only borrowed audio books but I've loved every one of them. Works great. Sounds great. Great app.
By Cash 💰money
Um, me and my brother share an acount and my brother buys random books and reads them. If I had my own account I'd have 5 books right now. Because of my brother we reached the maximum books…20. Now I have to wait 2 weeks to get a book I really want to read. Please make the maximum books infinity. Plz.
Hoopla is constantly "glitching." The books that I borrowed are always disappearing from my library, I cannot edit my recommendation settings, and when I tap on a title, more often than not, I cannot access it. It is extremely frustrating and when I contact Hoopla about the issues I am having, nothing is fixed and I never receive a reply.
A library in my pocket 4/5
By Melia Renee
I've been enjoying this app for a while. They don't have all of the book but they have enough to keep me busy for months. I can borrow 10 titles a month and they're available across devices. I think they need to add more recent titles, but it is still just the library and it's free. It's worth the money.
Needs fixing 2/5
Took a audiobook out a second time. It wouldn't load. Accidentally pressed return and it took a book off my count. Tried another. Not working. I'm sad.
Works wonderful!! 5/5
Great application! Works perfect. Useful resource for education, always reliable!! I wish if it has some e-books or a music in French language! Thanks.
great selection - pretty good app 4/5
Hoopla has a great selection of audiobooks, movies, and music compared to other similar apps I have used. It does occasionally lose my place on audiobooks and the book marking process is more cumbersome than it should be. Otherwise, I am very pleased with it.
Clunky as hell 5/5
By Babe in the Delta
I could not agree more.
Need more current publications.
Won't even let me correct the number of stars. Certainly not a five star rating. More like a generous one.
Great App 4/5
Doesn't have EVERYTHING but what is has us more than enough.
Wonderful for traveling 5/5
I really enjoy having hoopla especially when I am traveling out of the country. No issues and I really enjoy the selection of movies that are offered. I have yet to try the music or audio books. Definitely a five star app.
Love it!! 5/5
Thanks to the San Francisco public library
Good app 4/5
I have read more books using this app.
Mixed Feelings 3/5
Great selection of audiobooks and movies...BUT app doesn't hold position all the time even when bookmarked and when playing at faster speed there are 2 irritants. When you return to listening, even if it shows playing at 1.5 speed, it's really slower and you have to reset each time. Second it is not set up to play at 2x speed like Overdrive.
It would be great if it worked 1/5
Books lock up. So frustrating. I've done everything suggested and it doesn't help.
Easy way to access audiobooks 5/5
I love this app! Such an easy way to find new audiobooks with a simple user interface. I'm so glad SF public library gives me access to hoopla!
Daily user 4/5
I would have given this a five star, but there have been some recent glitches that have driven me crazy. Prior to the last update the app always bookmarked where last left on a book, now it doesn't. So take a quick look at the timeline so you know where to start when you want to resume your audiobook. The second glitch that I figured out how to quickly get around is, sometimes the audiobook would just crash and you couldn't get it working again. I just went to another audiobook and started it then went back to the first book. Somehow this reset everything. It bit cumbersome, but it's worth the extra few steps if you don't want to wait. Other than that. I love this app. I've probably listened to over 100 books since downloading it a while back. I'm sure the developers are trying to fix the bugs. Give it a chance. It's worth it in the long run.