OverDrive Listen is Now Available

overdrive listenOverDrive Listen, is now available for our audiobook collection! Similar to OverDrive Read for eBooks, OverDrive Listen offers the same ease of use; simply browse, borrow, and listen right in your browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser and an Internet connection. Using OverDrive Listen, you can add bookmarks, take notes, or make highlights.

This additional listening option has been automatically added to MP3 audiobooks in our digital collection (where publisher permits) at no additional cost.

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Helping Patrons with eMedia? Get the Device Guides!

kindlefire getting started picOn a Kindle Fire does the user use Kindle eBooks or ePUB eBooks?

This is just one question which can be confusing to library staff and patrons alike. There is quick help available to keep you straight. Visit the Media Drop and checkout the Device Guides folder. Inside you will find guides written by Virtual Library staff as well as a folder called Device Specific Guides. These sheets are provided by OverDrive and are short and sweet guides to each type of device out there.

You may want to print some and hand them out to your staff and patrons alike so you can provide better customer service.

Remember, if your not sure contact the Virtual Library at x6300 and we will help you.

New OverDrive Read Available October 15, 2014

ODR 10_2014OverDrive has announce that a new version of OverDrive Read, the browser-based eBook reading experience, is coming on October 15, 2014.

Earlier this year, OverDrive introduced support for fixed layout eBooks using EPUB3 and HTML5 technology, which allows books never before available in eBook format to be enjoyed digitally. The fixed layout nature honors the book’s original layout, image display, and fonts which are required for titles like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, and Humans of New York. This update means that never-available-before eBooks like these are now available to our! Textbooks, children’s classics, cookbooks, travel guides, and more can now be enjoyed on any web-enabled device using OverDrive Read.

The enhanced OverDrive Read reading experience that is currently used for fixed layout eBooks will soon be extended to all eBooks. The interface eliminates distraction from the page layout because the newly-designed menu is now behind the eBook pages rather than to the right of the book. The new OverDrive Read also offers a two-page display on large screens for a true reading experience, and a single-page view on smaller screens (unless otherwise required by the publisher).

ODR 2This update retains all of the great features your users are currently enjoying in OverDrive Read, such as the ability to read offline, bookmarks, notes, search, and custom readability options. And, best of all, OverDrive Read is available with just one-click in any major modern web browser, and doesn’t require any software installation or device registration.

In order to adopt this new technology required to support fixed layout eBooks, OverDrive Read will no longer work in older versions of Internet Explorer (i.e., any IE version less than version 10) beginning October 15. Less than 0.2% of OverDrive Read usage is from a version of IE less than 10, so the few users impacted by this change will simply need to upgrade to a newer version of IE or switch to the most current versions of Chrome, Firefox, Android, Safari, or the standard browsers on devices like Kindle and Nook.

New Feature in OMC App Explained

defineWe had a patron who’s trying to use the “touch a word to get a definition” in the OMC app, on his Samsung tablet, while he is NOT connected to the Internet. He gets an error every time he tries it. It works fine (offline) on his iPad.

We checked with Overdrive. Touch to Define (offline) is ONLY a feature on the iOS App. Android devices MUST be connected to the Internet for that feature to work.

Adding “Touch to Define Offline” to the Android App is on their Wish List, but it’s not in development at this time, and there’s no ETA for that.

To learn more about how to use this feature along with taking notes see the OverDrive Help article How to take notes, highlight text, and use the dictionary in an OverDrive Read eBook

Coming Monday August 26 to the eMedia Catalog

Below is a summary of updates for our  OverDrive Next Generation digital library website (eMedia Catalog) that are  scheduled for release on Monday, August 26.
     An additional
navigation option will be added when users select “eBook Nonfiction > View
more…
A “A back to previous page” link will be added to the Wish List page.
·         The filtered search display will be updated to indicate that it is an expandable/collapsible list.
·         The “Discover the Next Generation Experience” bar at the top of your site will be removed.
·         The “Recommend to Library” graphic will be updated with new titles:
  
·         Accessibility enhancements
·         Minor bug fixes

OverDrive Media Consule 3.0 Is here!

omc3OverDrive announced this week that a new version of OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) is on its way. This release will include a new and improved interface design, enhancements such as syncing reading progress and bookmarks across multiple devices, and improved performance. OMC v3.0 will be available to Android and iOS users on August 20, 2013 and users will be prompted to install the new version.

What’s New
OMC v3.0 has been completely redesigned with a focus on making the user experience more intuitive. You can preview the new app here. The Next Generation of OMC will feature:

  • A redesigned user interface with an all-new look, streamlined navigation and a one-stop reorganized menu. App functions are just a swipe and tap away.
  • Users will be able to sync bookmarks and reading progress across multiple devices using a free, opt-in registration service called OverDrive One.
  • Variable speed playback for iOS. Audiobook users’ most requested feature.
  • First run tutorial screens. The app now prompts first time users to add libraries and get books.
  • System Requirements: OMC v3.0 for Android users requires Android OS v4.0 (or newer). OMC for Android v2.6.5 will remain available for download. OMC for iOS requires iOS 6 (or newer).

Launch Plan

To help your library prepare for the upcoming release, OverDrive has created several resources to educate library staff and get the word out to end users.

Live webinars for library staff

Participate in a 30 minute training on the new OMC app. Sessions will be held on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, August 13 at 3 PM ET

Wednesday, August 14 at 11 AM ET

Register Here

Unable to attend? A recording will be posted to our Learning Center on August 16.

Marketing kit

In the OverDrive Media Console v3.0 marketing kit, we’ve created an email template that you can use to notify end users and/or include as an article in your upcoming library newsletter. You’ll also find sample Facebook posts and tweets to spread the word quickly and easily.

OverDrive Help

On launch day, OverDrive Help articles and videos will be updated with the new OMC v3.0 experience.

OverDrive Updates for April 15th

overdrive portalBelow is a summary of updates for OverDrive’s Next Generation digital library website that are scheduled for release on

April 15.

New devices will be added to the Device section of the filtered search. Devices will now display in the following list:

  • iPhone
  • iPod Touch
  • iPad
  • Mac
  • Windows Phone
  • Windows 8 Tablet
  • BlackBerry
  • BlackBerry Playbook
  • Android
  • Sony Reader Wifi
  • Kindle Fire
  • Nook (Color & Tablet)
  • Kobo
  • The new and well-received Grid and List view options will be added to the Wish List page.
  • The following note will be added to details pages for Advantage titles: *Waiting list may be shorter for your library.
  • The Menu icon will be visible on all pages.
  • The ‘Edition’ section will be expanded by default on a title details page.
  • Accessibility enhancements
  • Bug fixes
  • For U.S. libraries only: Kindle Books will be available to borrow and enjoy on additional mobile devices, including but not limited to, iPhone, iPod Touch, and all Android devices.

 

April 1 Updates to eMedia Catalog

banner devicesBelow is a summary of updates for OverDrive’s Next Generation digital library website that are scheduled for release on April 1.

  •  Two new options will be available to view titles: Grid and List (in addition to the existing Cover view), both of which provide more information about each title in the views.
  • There will be a new “simplified” version of OverDrive Read that will allow your patrons to use OverDrive Read in Internet Explorer without installing a plugin. Patrons already using Internet Explorer with the Google Chrome Frame Plugin or using a different browser will see no difference. However, Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, and 9 will soon give patrons the option to use the “simplified” version instead.

The “simplified” version of OverDrive Read supports many of the features of OverDrive Read. However, because some of the features of OverDrive Read depend on the advanced features of HTML5 and CSS3 (which are not available in older browsers without the Google Chrome Frame Plugin), the “simplified” version will provide patrons with a different experience. The most notable of these are the absence of pagination and customized font sizes.

  • The language for a title will be added to the Title Details page.
  • Accessibility enhancements
  • For US libraries only: The full ‘Get for Kindle’ experience will be available on mobile devices. Additionally, code has been enabled to prohibit a user from entering a ‘@kindle.com’ email address when placing a title on hold.