Keeps crashing for audiobook 2/5
This is my 3rd book and every few chapters it just stops playing. Closing the app works to fix it but I hate that I don’t get a smooth listening experience like on Audible app. Plus, as an annoyance, the start of EVERY chapter is a stuttering of “Ch Chapter 8”. Why??!? Very unimpressed but like the others I’m stuck with this stupid thing due to my library changing systems.
Re down-loading 1/5
Refuses to download second time. Maddening! Has done this several times. Reading - in middle of book, then it refuses to come back when clicking on book after going to another item on iPad--never, ever happened with Overdrive. PLEASE fix this problem. Thanks.
I love being able to rent audiobooks to listen to. I think there should be more options, or better format, on how to search though. Having a hard time finding specific books, or all the books in a series.
Excellent alternative to the library 5/5
By Adisa 618
This is incredibly convenient and works well on my iPad. The search function is fine for the basics:title and author. The selection has been great. I have been able to read the entire Reacher collection. As soon as I finish one book, I can borrow the next. Definitely saves me a trip to the library
Fix the audio play back issue 3/5
I love to listen to audiobooks. This app is great to download audiobooks. Every time I listen to a book I get Audio play back error. I have to toggle forward in book to get the book to play. It’s kind of annoying.
Please fix this.
First off I love that my local library system provides this for us. The only bug i have come across is the audiobooks getting a playback error. Thank you though for this!
Updated and the app no longer works 1/5
Worked fine until I updated and now I get the books downloading but not staying open. This occurred on iPhone 8 and a 2017 iPad. Pops open for a split second and then disappears. Still works on a 2012 iPad 2 which is no longer supported. Don’t know where the issue is but annoyed.
Great text size and color options. 5/5
By Jamie Krull
I miss my Kindle Version 2/5
It makes me sad that Amazon and CloudLibrary are not in relationship. I miss having a two column page when reading like a book.
Great App 5/5
By Angry at the creator
I'm new to this app and couldn't be happier with it. I'm used to using OverDrive. This is quite similar.
Great App 5/5
By Giarc T
So far it has been great. I like having the books with me without lugging it around or not having my book and fining I had time to read it. The multi device is very nice. I can read on my phone on on those short moments when most times I wouldn’t even have the book with me. Good job with this app.
Lousy app 1/5
By kc reviews apps
Constant playback errors with audiobooks. Makes you download the same books twice if you don’t play it right away. A complete waste of my data. Incomplete audiobooks with chapters missing. I wish my library kept the other app
Difficult to navigate at first 4/5
Hard to figure out how to get from place to place. Easy once you’ve done it several times.
Love it 5/5
CloudLibrary rating... lousy site, not worth the time 1/5
I have not found this format for borrowing books to be successful. The majority of the books are months from being available to use and the process of finding those that are available is so time consuming, I gave up. If possible I would rate this is a zero stars app.
Love it! 5/5
By Grateful for reviews
I may be easily impressed with things but I have never had any problems with this app. It doesn’t crash and you can easily search for things. I can usually find the book I want when other apps don’t have them. Just grateful I have this option instead of having to pay $$ for books because I read at least 5 a month.
Wonderful Ebook app 5/5
This app was specifically designed for libraries at no charge to them or library patrons unlike Kjndle/Amazon which does charge libraries for the use of that app. This helps to reduce the cost of ebooks to public libraries enabling them to purchase more hard copy books and ebooks. No, I am not a librarian, just a huge book lover who reads anything of interest and have done so for many, many years. I have found this app very easy to use and I am 71 yes. old who still reads actual books but large print books in libraries do not include a large selection due to their higher cost. This app allows me to read new books via my tablet and still allows me to check out hard copy books, too.
Unlike Overdrive, there is a far greater selection of books available through this app which I, for one, really appreciate! Thank you, 3M, for creating this app for our public libraries!
Ugggg these bugs 2/5
I really do love the app but it has a few bugs. The main one is my audiobook keeps stopping for no reason. I also play a few games while listening to the audiobook. If the game has sound, even if the sound for the game is shut off the audiobook stops playing. Otherwise great app.
Can’t even use the app 1/5
Bad connection gateway error
Pales in comparison to kindle or Libby 1/5
Has obnoxious issue where it shuts off halfway through reading a page due to “inactivity”. I’m constantly having to log back in to keep reading.
No syncing across iOS devices for tracking page location, errors repeated generated on one evidence (same book works fine on other devices) with no indication of how to resolve the problem, and highlighting is a mess. Really don’t enjoy using this app but sometimes it’s the only way to get ebooks from my library.
Better than nothing? 2/5
I am shocked at the 4 star rating this app has received. Going from the amazing user-friendly Overdrive to this has been frustrating to say the least. The search options are awful. For instance, if a book (in a series) comes up as “recommended” and I tap that selection, I cannot tap on anything in the description that would bring me to other books in the series or even the author’s other books. This app is basic and unsophisticated. I miss Overdrive.
Unfortunate is thebesg way to describe those of us who only have access libraries that use this app. Buggy. Slow. Crappy battery life. Inferior font choices. Read like it's 1999.
Playback Errors 2/5
My library switched over to this system for ebooks and audio books. They said it has has a larger selection to choose from, and I agree, but not impressed with how it works. I’ve been using cloudLibrary everyday for about two weeks, to listen to audio books. The books keep stopping and 30 minutes or so, with “Playback Error.” The books have been downloaded, so I’m not streaming, what gives!? Not happy at all! :(
Cloud Library 5/5
This is probably my favorite app ever!
Does not let me open certain books 1/5
Though this app is quite handy when it comes to finding books needed for school, I have not been able to open certain titles as of lately.
Books for Free 5/5
Linked to my local library, easy to browse or search for something specific. I'v listened to and read so many books that would've cost me a fortune to buy - and not garbage, either. Bestsellers, noteable authors, classics old and new. LOVE this app!
Almost Perfect for me 4/5
This app works better for me than any other I’ve used, including Kindle. Less eye strain, better control over font size, great variety of available literature. I’ve read hundreds of books on this app, on a number of different devices, and have never experienced any technical glitch.
I am finding myself unable to access my library through this app because whenever I try, it's a 502 Error. Why does this happen? I would love to read library books.
LOVE THIS APP 5/5
An incredible library at my fingertips.
WOW, Wow, Wowie!. Still the Best 5/5
Selection, ease of use, searching by author or genre or titles, primarily non-fiction - Cloud Library has it to the nth degree! Want to capture key passages, it has a bookmark and note taking function built into the app. If you like reading ebooks or books on tape, this is the Cat's Meow!
By Tbeast 25reno
It’s really nice, but only when the book you are reading works. You may download it, but it will not allow you to read it. I don’t know if it is a glitch, but it has happened to me multiple times with many books I tried to read. It can be very frustrating.
I hate this app. Not user-friendly, it’s user-hostile. 1/5
I just started to read a borrowed library book in the app, but have paused my reading to come here and give it a one-star rating. I find the interface confusing, buggy, and (compared to the far superior Kindle app), also less attractive (though the difference is subtle). It took me a few tries to figure out how to simply highlight a passage, and another few tries to figure out how to delete the one I highlighted incorrectly. Once I did that and returned to the page, the “deleted” highlight was still there, until I closed and reopened the book. I have memberships with a few local libraries, and I ALWAYS look for the ones that work with the Kindle app, and only use CloudLibrary when I have no other option. It’s a frustrating program.
Still no Kindle books. And buggy. 1/5
By Mother Mucca
I can’t figure out how this app possibly has 4.2 stars, since nearly every review hates it. Some sort of gaming the system, I suppose.
My library used to use Overdrive. The Overdrive app itself is okay, but most of the books were available for Kindle, so I could use my Kindle for reading. This? not. It's terrible. Not even as good as the Overdrive app, with or without Kindle. The once a year I try to actually use it, it crashes. Useless. And it’s always been this way. It never gets better.
I keep a library card for a city I no longer live in so that I can use their Overdrive app and get Kindle books.
Terrible app 1/5
By Panda West
Audio books don’t play. Hard to tell if you have to stream or if you can download. Documentation not helpful.
I really like being able to read or listen to books for free. However, on the audio version, the sleep timer doesn’t work. So several nights, I have fallen asleep to the voice of the narrator. I have no idea how far back to “rewind”. Please fix the sleep timer!!
An App that would be AWESOME... if it worked!
The search engine stinks. Most of the books are audio. It takes forever to download a book. Usually, I have to wait 15minutes, then I get an error. After the error, it will download. This happens on both of my iPads, my iPhone and my kindle, and it occurs on all the networks I’ve tried, not just my home network (which is fast and I have no trouble downloading other things like video, etc.). I am comparing this to Overdrive, which had a good search engine, ebooks instead of audio, and fast downloading.
The library says that most of the books that were available in overdrive are still here but that hasn’t been my experience.
I am now paying another library as a non resident so that I can use Overdrive again. I didn’t just use it with my local library system...I also used it with the Midwest collaborative, which I lost when my library went to CloudLibrary.
I miss being able to use the Kindle app. Highlighting is ridiculous, searching is slow, the bells and whistles just aren’t there.
I do like that it’s easier to return books so now maybe people will return them faster when they are done. But I was always considerate with Overdrive and returned my ebooks promptly.
Playback problem 2/5
By Winsome craft
The app frequently freezes & has playback error requiring it to be restarted.
Prefect in every way 5/5
By Very, Crazy
Since finding out about this best kept little secret I was spending to much for books!
Love this app!💕💕
Problems with Car Bluetooth 1/5
This application has problems operating with in car bluetooth. Autoplay doesn’t work. Constantly have to press play on screen in car to keep it playing. Unsafe for driving. Other audio book apps don’t have this problem.
Works for me 5/5
Wish I could check out for longer periods or renew.
Search feature could be more streamlined. 4/5
Other than that I'm happy to have this access to my library
Easy for me 4/5
By Mike H 66
This app is so much better than OverDrive with all its problems/glitches. Another plus is being able to return as soon as I’ve completed reading.
Holding/highlighting slow 2/5
This is Second review, they fix the first problem. Now there are new problems. Highlighting takes long time, more than 10 seconds .Next page repeats previous page, sometimes cannot flip the page.
Okay, not great 2/5
I use overdrive to listen to audio books while I work in my studio. Several of the books I have listened to have had terrible sound quality, almost as if they were recorded on cassette tapes and then made digital. Also, there are frequently series of four or more books that overdrive has the first few in the series, but not the whole series. It seems pointless to even include them if they're not going to have the whole series. It's very frustrating to get wrapped up in a story only to realize that all the books aren't available.
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.