Full disclosure: My original plan was to do a “3 best places to find free e-books, music, and movies” column, in which I found three different but excellent sites for you guys.
Then I learned that one excellent site in particular is the best overall mix of everything. So, I figured that instead of sending you to the farthest reaches of the Internet for all your free content needs, I could just direct you to a convenient destination instead.
You and I are both busy people, so let’s get straight to this one, shall we?
That site is: hoopla. what’s the catch? there are three.
First, you’ll need a library card. That part isn’t that hard. Second, your library must be a Hoopla partner. It doesn’t seem too hard either. I live in a small town, and our library works with Hoopla.
You can check this map to see if your library is on board. Do this before creating an account.
As you can see from the map, there are a very of libraries on board.
And finally, the third catch—and this is a fair one—is that Hoopla works like a library, meaning you’re “borrowing” content for a set number of days. Unlike a real library, however, you don’t have to worry about returning the material you borrowed on time. It will expire automatically, and will not be accessible to you until you borrow it again.
It depends on the publisher, but most movies and TV shows are available for three days. Most of the music is available for seven days. Most books—including audio books, e-books and comics—are available for 21 days.
Now, your local library will also decide how many items you can borrow at once. I have a limit of 10.
Your library will also decide whether it will allow renewal. If this happens, 24 hours before your content is returned, you will receive a message asking if you would like to borrow it again.
How is the content?
Is it the same as subscribing to Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Peacock, and HBO Max all at once? No. It’s not like that. However, neither hoopla is just a repository for poorly lit public-domain books and independent films. there is the original content here.
To find out what’s available, check out these pages for popular movies, popular shows, popular music, and popular e-books.
So, there is something for everyone and a lot to binge on. you got encanto soundtrack, harry potter series, hot in cleveland With the late, great Betty White, and of course the excellent coming-of-age hits 13 going on 30, There are also a lot of pairings, but free is free.
Perhaps the best part, especially if you’re more inclined to watch movies and TV, is that Hoopla has apps for Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku. There are apps for iPhone and Android as well.