iOS Libro.fm Player Now Available

Today we’re thrilled to announce that our iOS app is now available free in the app store! If you’re an iPhone or iPod user, enjoying your Libro.fm books has just become even easier.

Simplicity is the theme of this app. Its interface is clear and uncluttered so your books can really shine. Navigation between screens of the app is intuitive so you won’t have to dig through any menus to find the functionality you’re looking for. And when you complete a purchase on Libro.fm, simply pull to refresh the library and your new books will be available for download.

While we’ve worked hard to keep the app simple, we’ve also included powerful features:

  • Listen offline wherever life takes you
  • Skip forward and back a few seconds to make sure you don’t miss a word
  • Change your listening speed for perfectly-paced narration
  • Bookmark important passages and leave yourself a note about why they matter
  • Set the timer when you want your book to stop playing after a certain time
  • Control playback from the lockscreen or your headphones for convenience on the go

If you like technical details, the app is written in 100% Swift, Apple’s new programming language. We’re living in the future!

Celebrate with us! All books are 20% off through 4/15/2016 with coupon code “ioslaunch” at checkout. And if you have any comments or suggestions about the new app, we’d love to hear from you at support@libro.fm.

Your first step is selecting a great book at Libro.fm. Here’s what we recommend right now:

H is for Hawk

H-is-for-Hawk


Why Not Me?

Why-Not-Me


The Revenant

The-Revenant


Rising Strong

Rising-Strong


All the Light We Cannot See

All-the-light-we-cannot-see


When Breath Becomes Air

When-Breath-Becomes-Air


Check out the Libro.fm bestseller list or pick up one of our great books on sale.

Android users – your Libro.fm app is in progress! As we work on it, you can learn how to transfer books to your device from our listening guide. We recommend Google Play Music or Material Audiobook Player.

What I Learned from Anthony Doerr

Depending on what study you go by, Seattle is the first or second most literate city in America. This is thanks in part to the number of wonderful independent bookstores and civic organizations who bring authors to read.

Last week, Elliott Bay Books partnered with Seattle Arts & Lectures to bring Anthony Doerr to speak. I attended and live-tweeted the lecture. Doerr, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, titled his talk, “Some Thoughts on Artistic Failure in 6 Parts.” Here are some of the highlights:

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Doerr once spent all day reworking one paragraph of All the Light We Cannot See. He researched each detail of the paragraph and thought about each sentence, only to cut it down to one small sentence.

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It can sometimes be more desirable to fail. That is to say, failure helps artists to play and explore the mysteries of life. If we are so hung up on success, we don’t take risks. Doerr quoted Ray Bradbury, saying “You only fail if you stop writing.” More broadly, we could apply this to any artistic or business endeavor. I was reminded of our first Book of the Month, Mindset, which says much of the same thing.

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Getting the facts right is so important to Doerr because he doesn’t want to lose a reader, or break their concentration on the story. He’ll take whole afternoons to make sure he has a word right in order to create a totally immersive experience.

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Doerr says he doesn’t have a satisfying answer for why he chose to make Marie-Laure blind in All the Light We Cannot See. Partly it is because his office is near a center for blind people in Boise, Idaho. But it is also because it was a challenge to write using other senses besides sight.

If you have the chance to see Anthony Doerr speak, jump on it! Until then, pick up All the Light We Cannot See!


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Book of the Month: All the Light We Cannot See

If you haven’t yet read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, it’s probably on your to-be-read list. And if it’s not, I’m thrilled to be the one to tell you about it.

Set in France during World War II, this novel follows the stories of Marie-Laure, a young blind girl, and Werner, an engineering prodigy who has been sucked into the Hitler Youth. This is one of those tales that manages to be beautiful and heart-breaking, redemptive and exciting all at once. It won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction as well as the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in fiction.

Since it came out last year, it’s also been one of the most talked about books by booksellers, book clubs, and most people I know.

In the clip below, Doerr explains his inspiration and how the disparate pieces fell into place.


All the Light We Cannot See is our Book of the Month and discounted to $14.95 until November 30th