Poorly-Designed User Interface and Functionality 2/5
Suddenly the eBooks from my library are available only in this format, rather than Kindle. It was okay, definitely not great, for the first couple books I read using this app. But the search capability isn’t very useful, and the text selection ability is awful (I still haven’t been able to get copying to work at all, or to highlight or look up more than one word at a time). Now I’m trying to read a publication that has copious footnotes, which I would dearly like to read. Although they appear as blue superscript numbers, they aren’t active, i.e., you can’t tap on a footnote number, read the associated footnote text, and return to where you were in the main text. No, you have to set a bookmark for the first page of notes at the end of the book, activate the menu, select Notes/Highlights, and then navigate through to the desired numbered footnote. And then, it seems, you have to navigate, via the Table of Contents or the bottom page slider, back to the page you were previously reading.
Books everywhere 5/5
I love being able to download books so easily and read anywhere anytime.
Buggy for kids books 1/5
This app is great for kids books from the local library, but many other of them are formatted such that they would require adjustments. Sadly, the controls are mostly unresponsive - moving pixels at a time... needs major help...
Updated - still a mess for many kids books and adjustments majorly lacking. Trying to get to the “hidden menus” are painful at best. Put a button on there, geez... Also, please put a restart button or auto rewind after finishing the book - anyone remember VHS? Yeah, try explaining it to a toddler and that “we can’t read that book anymore because you can’t get to menu to go back to the beginning” - even after returning and reborrowing it keeps its place... App also regularly crashes on books over 20 or so pages and it can’t ever keep track of preview thumbnails. I mean seriously, 6 books all labeled differently and have the same book cover and content as the one that is opened first when app is launched. Only way to fix it is to return and redownload the book. Wouldn’t use this app if it were a paid app, only use it because I haven’t found another app to access local library content. Downgraded to 1 star.
Its okay 3/5
I get free books from the library, so ultimately I feel you have to put up with the consistent playback errors. I am also biased because my library just switched and I like the other’s browsing layout much better. It seemed more clean. My experience with cloud library had been 😕
Day/Night/Sepia broken 1/5
By Nater Gator
The app settings show Day, Night, and Sepia as reading mode options, however it’s locked at Day and won’t change to Night or Sepia. Tried this on three different iPhones. The app support website provides no way to send feedback or report a problem.
It’s better than nothing I guess since I don’t have another option, but since my library switched I can hardly get any of the books I want, especially audiobooks. Every time I request through my library I get rejected; and as far as I know the app doesn’t offer the option to request stuff directly to them. Which overdrive/Libby did do. I think there’s so much improvement needed and they should take a lesson from their competitors. This App was supposed to make things easier not irritate everyone. I wish our suggestions were actually taken and not overlooked just because we aren’t developers. And don’t even get me started on the computer app version, I’d be better off just uninstalling it, since I can’t even listen offline, or download anything on there. Speaking of downloading overdrive took like a couple minutes, this app would probably take an hour or more, and I know 100% it’s not my WiFi that’s the problem.
Audio books are GREAT 3/5
Switched by library and find this ok. Love listening to audiobooks. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of choices of favorite authors or classics. Disappointing
Not too Happy 2/5
My library just switched to this app and I’m not too happy with the change. I’m finding that there are often issues and glitches with it. One example is when you turn the page, the next page is a copy of the page you just flipped one. There also have been several instances of the next paging not picking up at the proper line of the story. It may repeat part of what I just read and the continuation is halfway down the page or else it completely skips a paragraph or two and makes no sense. If I flip back and forth this sometimes fixes itself but not always. This is tiresome and I wish I had the old app back.
Great site 5/5
By Pin stuff
Love, love, love my Bibliotech through this site. So easy!
So sad 1/5
By Moonlia the 3rd
I wish it worked! My other library had a similar app called hoopla and I loved hoopla. Error message pops up when I try and get into this app. Can’t even open it with out “request failed: bad gateway (502)” message popping up!
Loved Overdrive, hate cloudLibrary 1/5
By Bath, Maine
Overdrive had a much larger selection of books. I had 15-20 books in my Overdrive list when it was discontinued in place of cloudLibrary. NONE of the books on my list were available on cloudLibrary.
Great App 4/5
I really enjoy the audio books. And the e-books are easy to read for me.
Horrible on iPhone 1/5
By Jonathan B million
Absolutely horrible. Today alone as I've paused and restarted an audio book, I've had either had 9 either playback errors or even more common it restarts my audiobook at a different spot then I stopped off when I hit pause. The app is junk for Apple devices, but it's with my library switch to so I don't have another option
Control for margins doesn’t work, website doesn’t allow feedback like this. 2/5
Control for margins doesn’t work. This leaves the iPhone with more space at the sides than for text in the middle.
The website doesn’t allow feedback like this. The only way I can let them know about problems is to review the product.
Love It! 4/5
By Sly gray
I love this app! It was becoming a hardship to visit the library due to physical limitations. Now I can enjoy reading e-books, review new releases and reserve e-books without leaving my home.
Sometimes skips parts 2/5
By Silly azel
It’s too bad this is the only app available for my library. Sometimes when I turn to the next section, it’s missing. I have to flip back a few sections and close out to bring back the missing part. Happens all the time! Please fix.
Frustrated by bugs 3/5
I have used this app for over a year and had been completely satisfied with it. However recently I’ve experienced an issue with moving from page to page. Sometimes the last line or two are missing from the bottom of the page and I have to fool around with it before it shows up. At other times I flip to the next page and it’s clearly not a continuation of the previous page so then I have to go back several pages and subsequently move forward to try to resync the pages. It’s very annoying and it goes without saying that this is basic functionality that is key to a reading app. Please please fix this!!! I have an updated iPhone 6.
Not enough features! 1/5
Would help if it had X-ray.
Good App 4/5
Works great as a reader but seems to have a limited book access as I sometimes can't find certain books/authors through search, other than that it performs as it should and is mostly user friendly except for this review portion, every time it says nickname is taken I have to start all over.
Works great for me 4/5
It is quite slow in switching from day to night mode, or using any of the functions. It seems to get lost in a very long pause during which you can do nothing.
Love it 5/5
This is the first time I’ve used it. I listened to audio book. It fit my needs perfectly. I renewed and it kept my place. I also borrowed the hard copy book and the chapters numbers printed on ebook weren’t matching up w hard book chapters or chapters author announced.
Great for the most part 4/5
Overall it’s a great app. I like the layout and I like that you can browse by genre whereas with the MAC version you can’t. The only thing that I’m not as pleased with is that the selection is not as big as I would like it to be but that’s not CloudLibrary’s fault.
What happened? 1/5
I just updated this app and now I can no longer open the book. As soon as I try The Who app closes. Please fix this!!!!
Buggy and Clunky to Use 1/5
I’m so sad my library switched to this app instead of Overdrive. Whereas I had no issues with that, CloudLibrary has been nothing but a pain. From the unattractive user interface to the poor filtering and searching capabilities, everything about this app feels cheep. To top it off, I’m now experiencing a bug that logs me out every time I close the app, and requires me to re-enter my library card number every time I open it, and then it won’t let me download my previously checked out audio books. Very unhappy with CloudLibrary and am planning on letting my library know as well, in hope they will ditch this terrible app.
Cloud Library app 4/5
By Auntie Debs
I just downloaded this app last week and am enjoying borrowing my first book from my local library. Using the search was very easy. Only drawback is that cannot figure out how to adjust the margins. Overall pleased with the reading app.
Love this app 5/5
By Jowl alive
Love this app and love the fact I don't have to go to the library any more!
Error overload 1/5
By Jumping pencil
The playback error with every audio book makes it annoying while driving. Not worth the download. Overdrive is better.
I love being able to check out books FOR FREE any time, anywhere!
Easy to use 5/5
So easy to use. I borrow books from my library all of the time using this app.
By Kid from The Fenn School
Has a good set up but it needs way more books to be determined a “library.”
How have I lived so long without this? 5/5
I found this by accident and love it! Anytime I need something to read I can find a book on this app. They have everything you could need to read......
Overall Good 4/5
With occasional glitches
Awful and getting worsw 1/5
Something new!!!!!! I cannot browse any books!!!! The page is completely blank. Perfect. Just perfect.
The playback errors are ridiculous. Every ten minutes, I have to close the app and reopen it. Cannot do that while driving so this app is becoming virtually useless to me.
Secondly, the sleep timer NEVER works. If I fall asleep, hours of the book play and I waste my phone energy as well as completely losing track of where I am. What a joke.
Of course, for many of us, we have no choice as this is the system of choice for many public libraries. Shame on them for ditching the perfectly wonderful system they used before for this piece of worthless junk.
Sorry but a step backwards 2/5
This was the one I used to recommend. But books only available online doesn’t cut it. No internet on airplanes, cruise ships, overseas or on the beach. Very disappointed. Last two books I tried would not download.
Pick up where you left off 4/5
By Ceb Rider TRE
Almost a five star. Only thing they can improve is to be like audible where are you can pick up where you left off. Where are you can read from one device, stop pick up another device and still be on the same page whatever device you're on. Then that would make the five stars. Otherwise it's a good app.
It has been very good 4/5
I started using the library about a year ago. It has been easy to use. The only thing I would like to have the option to renew rather than having to return and go back in and download again (previous app had that option). I enjoy the convenience and appreciate the variety of books available.
Great compliment to my library card 5/5
Love the audiobook. Sign up was easy and quick. Love the app! Finding books to checkout is easier than my Library’s website.
It works 5/5
It's fine for what it does.
The book won’t open :( 2/5
By Jackee N.
So I got this app, signed up, went thru the hassle for a particular book (my library system doesn’t have a print version, go figure) and the dang thing won’t open. I even returned it and reborrowed it, same problem. Free app, but still disappointing.
Disappointed in my library 2/5
I am disappointed that my library switched from Overdrive. CloudLibrary is not easy to use to browse. I can’t check out ebooks in Kindle format. If there is a way to request that the library purchase a title, I can’t find it. The app keeps opening to the book list and I have to open the book I’m reading. Overdrive is better and Kindle even more so.
Love it 5/5
By Eli in MN
I am very happy with this app. I can always find something engaging, no matter what my mood. It is easy to use and I love being able to put a book on hold knowing I will be notified when it is available. I also like the bookmarking.
Would be five stars... 4/5
By The Damyo Dynamo
I want every ebook and audiobook this easy to find. I just wish the selection was a lot bigger.
Started off good..... 1/5
Our public library has been promoting this app since December. At first I loved this app. More so than my Overdrive Library app. For the past 3 days I’ve not been able to read any of my checked out books due to the app crashing. I’ll give a better review once this is fixed.
So convenient! 4/5
I never thought I’d like to read books electronically, but this app sold me on it. So convenient not to carry multiple books around with me when I travel, and reading on my iPad means I always have necessary light to read by. The only negative is that you can’t tell how many holds are on a book. It would help to be able to prioritize what I “check out.” Simply showing how many days isn’t as accurate.
Great way to read 5/5
This app is a great way to borrow books from the library! I use it often and have my wish list for future reads.
Easy to use 5/5
I wonderful app. It brings my library to me
By Fred bob app lover🤞🏻🤜🏻👈🏻
I really like how the app is free if you have a library card so you don’t have to pay for a library card and a reading app. This is a nice app except I wish there was a way to avoid having to wait for a book because someone else has it in their library. But otherwise great app and have really enjoyed reading and listening to books on this app. 🙂
By casco maine
I have iphone 5s. Absolutely awful with my phone. Downloading stalls playback errors. And less books available than with Overdrive. Waste of time and money for my library to have changed.
Loving it so far 5/5
I just started using this app. So far, I am loving it. The books are very easy to find.
Lots of bugs in last upgrade 1/5
By Vic in Indy
The app is suddenly really buggy after the last upgrade. Biggest issue for me is it won’t let me change to night mode with white text in black background. Fix it please