OverDrive Library-Enabled NPR “Books We Love”

How To Find Good Books To Read?

NPR Books We Love
Chelsea Conrad/NPR.

There are lots of resources out there to find book recommendations. But I don’t have a lot of time to spend exploring them. My local library’s digital collections of eBooks and audiobooks, powered by OverDrive, was a great resource, but combing through their collections, and trying to filter out the unending supply of romance novels made it difficult to find good books to read. So when I stumbled upon NPR’s “Books We Love” (formerly Book Concierge), I was relieved. A list of the best books of the year, organized by specific categories. But how do I check whether my local library has a particular book available as an eBook or audiobook, my preferred formats that don’t require a trip to a physical library? Well, being a software developer, I thought I’d throw together a quick little web page, load up some JSON and use a little JavaScript to check if my library has the eBooks corresponding to NPR’s list.

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I also have a page for PBS' Great American Read that has the same type of functionality.

Now, if only I had the time to read some of these 3,000+ books!

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