What’s with all this Hoopla? Hoopla App Review
Hoopla App Review
So it’s been a hectic 2020 with so much drama, and the ability to get out may not be what it once was. Which is why I’ve been experimenting with some digital comics for the first time. I know I’m late to the party, but honestly I’m a reader and collector so, it means I enjoy the possession of the comic, the hunt for back issues, and the interactions with shop owners and customers almost as much as I enjoy the actual story.
So this is where Hoopla App comes in. It’s an app for all types of media from ebooks, comics, movies, TV, and audiobooks. Let’s do this nice and neat with listing the positives and the negatives, then we’ll see where we stand.
- It is free, which can be a big deal when you’re trying to read historically significant comics like Amazing Fantasy #15, or Detective Comics #27. But again if you’re just looking to supplement your pull list, and you’re not sure you want to drop the $4.99 on the latest reboot of the Marvel or DC universes, this app can give you the taste you’re looking for so you’ll know which titles are worth the time, effort, and eventual monetary investment.
- It is LEGAL! This is a big deal considering that IPs are under attack all the time, and pirating digital IPs is on the rise. This gives your budget a break, and you don’t have to worry about spending time in the house of correction (jail for anyone who wasn’t born in the 70s).
- It can be used offline, so anyone who’s dealing with limited mobile data plans can plan ahead, download the files over wifi, and have them for later consumption without fear. The app will delete the files automatically when your allotted time has elapsed.
- It is tied to the public library, which is good. It reminds us that there are resources available to experience our media through means other than ownership or buying a streaming service. The library local to me has all sorts of programs, events, and such that it really can be an extension of your local geeky community.
So there’s always a catch right?
Well there are some hoops to jump through, and some things you’ll have to have before you can access the app.
- Of course there’s a login required like any other app would need for tracking your usage.
- You need to have a library card. Not everyone has a library within a quick drive, so this can be a hassle if you’re in very rural area.
- There is a limit of 8 borrows per month, which can be challenging for people with higher demands. Again I don’t think this can replace your comic habit completely, so if you are expecting that, I suggest something like Marvel Unlimited (which you pay for).
- The titles are not new storylines in comics. If you need the latest titles, there really is no way to replace a visit to your LCS (local comic shop). I well know & have been subject to the FOMO that plagues our hobby, so if you find yourself in need of the latest issues this will not always hit the spot.
Let’s talk about some recommendations
- Borrow Smart. With the limits, don’t narrow your borrows to single issues. Look for collected stories or graphic novels to get the most out of each month.
- Use the Favorites Section. Since there is a limit, I suggest using the favorites so you know which items you’re planning to borrow next month.
- Use a tablet for the app if possible. It will make reading the panels and pages of comics easier. I find even on my Note 10+ it’s not as much fun to turn my phone from portrait to landscape as it sounds, of course that is a minor annoyance, and really I’m nitpicking.
Let’s wrap this review up by saying, I have quickly found the Hoopla App to be one of the three indispensable apps on my phone for geek culture and my comic book habit. It has made my not-official New Years Resolution to be much easier to achieve and, in that way, it gets great marks for cost, and ease of use. The only real drawback is the limit being set at eight borrows per month.
Hoopla App Review