A podcast for book lovers,
by book lovers

Listen now

A podcast for book lovers,
by book lovers

Listen now

An official Evergreen Podcasts signature program


Professional Book Nerds logo

July’s Biggest Books

On today’s episode of the podcast, Jill, Joe, and Emma share what they’re most eager to read in July 2022. They’ve got thrillers, horror, romance, nonfiction, short stories, and more! July 2022 has so many great books out, there’s something for every reader. Books mentioned in this episode: Joe’s Picks: Heat Wave – TJ Klune […]
Listen now

Who we are

We’re not just book nerds, we’re Professional Book Nerds® (PBN) who work at OverDrive, the industry-leading app for eBooks and audiobooks through your local library and school. With over a half million downloads, readers and librarians turn to the PBN team for weekly expert book recommendations, author interviews and all things books.

Recent authors

Meet the nerds

Emma Dwyer

Emma Dwyer is a Product Trainer at OverDrive, where she provides support to Public Library partners. Prior to joining the Training team, Emma was an OverDrive Content Specialist and she brings a great deal of library, publishing, and book knowledge to her current team.

Learn more
Joe Skelley

Joe Skelley manages the tour route for OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile and helps introduce new users to Libby through virtual training sessions. In college, Joe majored in promotional communications, and literature reading everything from the classics to local authors in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

Learn more
Jill Grunewald

Jill Grunenwald is the creator and other half of the Professional Book Nerds Podcast and loves talking about books almost as much as she loves reading them. She joined OverDrive in 2015 as a Collection Development Analyst, helping libraries select and purchase content for their users.

Learn more




iTunes star rating


monthly listeners


countries listening

What people are saying

“I love this podcast. They are thoughtful about the books they talk about, interview great authors, and give great recommendations!”

-Dawnrrice, iTunes user

“Their recommendations are fabulous and the author interviews are wonderful. there are many books I have read and enjoyed thanks to the Professional Book Nerds. And that is the best name ever. Can we get stickers or t-shirts?”

-Citrus Sunshine, iTunes user

“I visited the podcast twice this year, and it was an absolute joy both times. The questions are wonderful, the book nerdery is great, and it also happens to be a fantastic way to get the word out!”

-Marieke Nijkamp, author of This Is Where It Ends

“The PBN’s enthusiasm for literature comes through in insightful, well researched questions and their lively repartee with the authors”

-Margaret Coffee, National Accounts Manager

“I’m always looking for my next book. Friends’ recommendations are great but tend to stay in their categories. This podcast delivers a lot of options in a lot of categories I would never have been exposed to.”

-Karen, Professional Book Nerds fan

“Perfect podcast for anyone looking for what books to checkout next.”

-#LibraryLover?, iTunes user


What genre of nonfiction do you prefer most?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Recent news

July is almost here! Can you believe it? Check out today's episode where Jill, Joe, and Emma share what they can't wait to read in July!

On today's episode of the podcast, Emma chats with @riley_sager about bourbon, pen names, and the inspiration behind the wild and twisty book, The House Across the Lake!

Come listen to Joe talk to Alex Jennings about his debut novel, The Ballad of Perilous Graves- out tomorrow!

Listen wherever you get your podcasts or: https://professionalbooknerds.com/interview-with-alex-jennings-author-of-the-ballad-of-perilous-graves/

Hold on tight spider monkeys- part two is out today!

Listen wherever you get your podcasts or at: https://professionalbooknerds.com/the-twilight-saga-retrospective-pt-2/


🥂Cheers to our friend @malloryomeara who won a JAMES BEARD AWARD for her amazing book Girly Drinks!

Listen to our interview with Mallory about Girly Drinks here: https://professionalbooknerds.com/cheers-mallory-omeara-is-back-to-discuss-her-new-book-girly-drinks/

It’s June, and we wanted to celebrate Pride AND Audiobooks 🌈 come and listen to some of our favorite queer audiobooks on today’s ep. of #professionalbooknerds

🎧: https://professionalbooknerds.com/🌈hear-the-rainbow🌈/
#Pride #PrideMonth #audiobookmonth #BookTwitter #BookRecommendations

Today on the pod, we’re continuing our celebration of Audiobook month! Come listen to Joe’s conversation with @rmilesvox


We are so excited to see #BookofNight by @hollyblack featured as one of @ProBookNerds! Check out the full podcast here for more 😎


Check out today's new episode! Emma is joined by Maria and Andrea to discuss all things related to Sarah J. Maas! No series is safe and spoilers are rampant. What's your favorite SJM book or series?

Load More