OverDrive: The Next Generation


In case you missed any of the OverDrive online sessions, or my session in the Virtual Library Lab, Maureen Mackin from Enterprise Library is sharing her notes with you below.

Part I: Overdrive Overview

The purpose of the training was to acquaint library staff with the changes coming to Overdrive in early 2013. Lauren gave us an overview of what the changes in Overdrive would mean to us and our patrons.

Overdrive is hoping to make it simpler to read eBooks. They are planning to make the download process easier as well as the search in the eMedia catalog and reduce the steps in checking out material in the eMedia bag. Instead of three clicks, it would be reduced to one click.

By the holidays, Overdrive will be providing more samples of our eBooks (ePUB). This has been true for awhile in eAudio where you could hear some of the text and then decide whether or not you would like to request the book.

Books will also be able to appear in color, like children’s books and will also be able to be interactive [provided the author & publisher intergrate the content]. For instance the book can be read to you and if one of the animals in the book is a cow, it will be able to moo, moo.

Part II: See book. Read book.

Lauren showed the official video that Overdrive put together to reflect the upcoming changes in overdrive.

The new catalog called WIN (We are one of seven library districts which have had this new catalog since May.) will open up the website to do a number of difference things.

  1.  It will be a browser based e-reader. You will be able to read a book online or offline without any installation of software thus allowing the patron to begin reading instantly.
  2. The patron will be able to not only search for a specific author and find out which titles we have, but also what titles are available electronically and the patron will be able to request the purchase of other titles and forward those requests.
  3. The patron will be able to sample the books by looking at the Table of Contents and a small sample of the book.
  4. The patron will be able to bookmark the page and go from one computer to another and retain the bookmark.
  5. There will be added to the book itself a dictionary and Wikipedia searches.
  6. The patron, who might not want to wait for a particular book, can purchase the book and we will get a percentage of the purchase price which will allow us to purchase more eBooks. [This is currently available with the Buy it Now button]
  7. Ads will be placed on the eMedia page and we will get a percentage of the revenue which could translate between $100 to $5,000/month. Right now we have our own ads on our website highlighting Disney, etc., which we will continue to do.

Part III: Miscellaneous items

Lauren was interested as to whether or not we would be interested in having our patrons be able to read a book at the computer in our computer labs. The problem is that in order to do this Internet Explorer would have to have the chrome plug-in added to IE. [Virtual tested the plug-in with IE8 and the computer had problems. Lauren has installed IE9 and added the Chrome plug-in and is testing it. So far, there she has not experienced the problem the computer had with IE8 & the plug-in.] She will explore with IT IE9 with plug-in or adding FireFox or Safari which would allow our patrons to read eBooks from public computers in the MCC labs.

Another part of the video produced by the Overdrive company, showed us [Media Station] how patrons could browse using touch screen or arrows to get a description of the book, reviews of the book, audio books, and additional subjects. There will also be suggested titles like in nature to the author a patron might want on the bottom of the screen.

Overdrive is also opening up a website for others to help create new apps for Overdrive. This is called the Application Programming Interfaces or API.

Lauren , in addition, went over what can be found in the Overdrive learning center:

  1.  Handouts for the general public on all of the eReaders, tablets, etc.
  2.  Promotional ideas for the eBook collection.
  3. On Demand programs such as Overdrive help supporting ebooks & reader s & the 10 most common questions asked by patrons.

We also found out that we have 200 [Duke] classic titles always available for eReaders.
25 Britannica books are available for homework help and for easy access there is a graphic link on the side of our eMedia Catalog.

She also spoke about eRead Me Vegas  [all the Virtual Library’s workbooks on how-to download and how-to buy are located on the left-side] and eRead Me Vegas – Tips, Tricks & FAQS [great result of issues which may occur].  The information about buying eReaders, tablets, etc. will soon be updated in anticipation of the new market for eReaders and tablets for the holiday season.

Addendum: Statistics can be found for each branch regarding circulation of eBooks on the public service section of Voyager.

If you would like to view Lauren’s presentation, please visit Voyager > Virtual Library> OverDrive: The Next Generation. Click the link and select Save. Once saved open the file to play the PowerPoint show.

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