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.

Getting Started Guides for Users

fillup your deviceWith Christmas only two weeks away, your patrons will be bring in their new devices to learn how to download eBooks, eAudio Books, Freegal Music and Zinio Magazines. So it’s time to get prepared! Below are the official LVCCLD getting started guides for these library resources.  Please use them with your patrons.

The first three getting started guides below are also in the eMedia Drop in the Getting Started folder.

Getting Started Guides

For eBooks on all devices – eBook Downloading 101 v.2014

For tablets owners don’t forget to to tell them about how to get free magazines to keep from the Library. Getting Started with Zinio

Did they get a new tablet, MP3 player or iPod? Do they want to listen to eAudio books or music?

Give them:  How to Download eAudio Books

Hot Topics

For free music to keep : Freegal Music – There’s an App for That!

If they don’t have a clue how their new device works direct them to our Technology Hot Topic – Computers, Tablets & The Internet which has very short videos on the basic of using an iPad or Android tablet.

New OverDrive Help for Library Staff

overdrive portalOverDrive has completely revamped the User Assistance (formerly Patron Assistance) training course with a new, simple ‘scenario, explanation and solution’ approach. There is something for everyone, whether your role happens to be in Information Services, Training & Outreach or Support & IT.

The course is divided into different user assistance scenarios: universal, those that occur on a desktop/laptop, those that occur with mobile devices and additional support tips. Each issue is clearly explained with screenshots (when applicable) and the steps necessary to get it resolved. Many of the resolutions contain links to articles on OverDrive Help, and you’ll be able to click on them if you view them and/or save a copy from the Learning Center.

You can watch a recorded version of User Assistance at any time On Demand, or download the the slides PatronAssistance.

As a preview, here’s a screenshot of what you can expect to learn:


Announcing OverDrive Help

OverDrive is excited to announce the launch of OverDrive Help on February 14.  OverDrive Help contains hundreds of newly-written help articles covering everything users need to know to enjoy eBooks, audiobooks, music and video from your digital collection.

Articles contain screenshots, software download links and links to related articles. Each article can be printed, emailed or shared via Facebook, Twitter and other sites using the ‘Share this page’ button available at the top of most pages.

How to access OverDrive Help

OverDrive Help will replace the FAQs that are currently linked at your library’s OverDrive-powered website. The ‘Help’ page will include links to OverDrive Help, Device Resource Center, Digital Books Tour, Library Lending Policies and Support.

If your library has links to FAQs on your website, please take steps to update these links to direct to OverDrive Help.

What’s included in OverDrive Help

Each section of OverDrive Help is designed to help users find information in whichever method is preferred.

  • Search – Type in a search term to find matching articles. OverDrive Help uses full text searching to provide an extensive list of search results.
  • Get Started With… – Articles to help users find everything they need to get started with their device (Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Sony Reader, etc.).
  • Most Popular Articles – This section shows the articles that are being read the most. Three are displayed on the homepage; click ‘view more…’ to see more articles.
  • Recent Searches – This tag cloud shows what other users are searching for. Click one of the recent searches to show search results for that term.
  • Recently Added Articles – When new articles are added to OverDrive Help, they’ll show up here. This is handy when new software updates or new features are released.

Support Assistance

Beginning February 14, if users visit OverDrive Help via your library’s OverDrive-powered website, there will be a ‘Support’ button in the left navigation bar. Users will click this link to return to your site and find the Support button to contact your library directly.

Early feedback on OverDrive Help

Before releasing OverDrive Help, we asked the experts (OverDrive Library Advisory Council) for feedback and here’s what they had to say:

  • 93% of library staff surveyed agree that OverDrive Help is an improvement over the existing FAQs.
  • 93% of library staff surveyed agree that the OverDrive Help website is clear, well-organized and attractive. These same users think that the articles are clearly written and easy to understand.

“I love the new look and feel of OverDrive Help over the current help pages. I think the screenshots will be very helpful in illustrating what could take a thousand words.”
– Ruth Ann Copley, Director of Davidson County Library System

An Expanding Knowledge Base

OverDrive is continuing to build the database of articles and functionality of OverDrive Help. When new features are added, news will be shared at OverDrive Help, so be sure to check back for updates. We welcome your feedback: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NewHelpFeedback.


Sneak Preview of OverDrive eBook App for iPhone & iPad

Click  the video graphic above or Watch the Video on YouTube

In December 2010, you and your library customers will be able to enjoy eBooks and audiobooks on the iPhone in a single app! this app does work on iPad but because of the different display an iPad & Android apps are also coming soon.

Free eAudio Books for Teens

Starting today, teens will have a chance to SYNC YA literature into their earphones with free audiobook downloads.

Audiobook Community, a social network for audiobook lovers led by Audiofile Magazine, has officially launched its SYNC campaign. From July 1 to Sept. 1, a weekly pairing of best-selling and classic audiobooks for young adult listeners will be posted in AudioBook Community’s SYNC: YA Listening group. The two free audiobooks will share a theme. Plus, the audiobooks available are likely to be on summer reading lists.

OverDrive is providing distribution services for all the SYNC audiobooks. The titles can be downloaded and transferred to devices with OverDrive Media Console for both PC and Mac. And because the titles are in the MP3 format, they are compatible with virtually any MP3 player.

You can help get the word out about SYNC with this helpful guide for libraries and schools.

Once SYNC listeners become avid audiobook fans, they’ll look to your library as a source for more great audiobooks. How are you promoting audiobooks to young adults at your library?

SYNC Titles
Audiobook downloads available as MP3s at AudioBook Community’s SYNC: YA Listening group
Summer 2010

Available July 1 – July 7
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Available July 8 – July 14
Over the End Line by Alfred C. Martino
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Available July 15 – July 21
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available July 22 – July 28
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Available July 29 – August 4
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Available August 5 – August 11
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Available August 12 – August 18
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available August 19 – August 25
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Available August 26 – September 1
Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers
Oliver Twist by Charles Dicken

New eAudio Titles added to OverDrive

The following new eAudio titles have been added to our eMedia collection from OverDrive.

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

Brava, Valentine: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani

Exclusive by Sandra Brown

Live Free or Die: Troy Rising Series, Book 1 by John Ringo

Worst Case: Michael Bennett Series, Book 3 by James Patterson

The Immortal Hunter: The Argeneau Family Series, Book 11 by Lynsay Sands (also available in ebook format)

OverDrive Android App Available

From OverDrive…

OverDrive released the beta version of OverDrive Media Console for Android today December 21. The free software for audiobooks can be downloaded to popular phones running the Android operating system, and used to enjoy audiobooks from our ‘Virtual Branch’ website.

Android users can now browse our collection, check out with a library card, and download audiobooks on-the-go. OMC for Android offers popular listening features like resume from furthest played point and custom bookmarking. At this time, OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks are the only digital format available for Android.

While in beta, OMC for Android will be available for download exclusively at the OverDrive Media Console page at overdrive.com. When version 1.0 is released, we will update your Help pages. During this beta period, users will be encouraged to send any support issues and feedback directly to us. If you should receive support questions directly, please do not hesitate to send them along to Jon White so he can forward them to overDrive.

Stay tuned, as we expect to announce more OverDrive Media Console mobile releases in the coming months!

Staff Training This Month

We have noticed there are a fair number of staff who can’t answer basic questions about our downloadable books so we are offering a simple basic class to give you the help you need.


12/17 (Thursday) 2:00-4:00pm at CCL Virtual Library Training Center.

The District offers several types of e-Media from Ovedrive and Net-Library. This workshop will cover checking out e-Media from the the District’s website, the different procedures and applications required from each vendor, downloading considerations for Adobe E-book, video and audio formats, also with basic troubleshooting. (Only 9 slots left for this class!)

Many of you are starting to receive new computers with the new Office product and find yourself totally lost.  We can help with this class offering:

Microsoft Office 2007

12/23(Wednesday) 2:00-4:00pm at CCL Virtual Library Training Center.

There are major changes with the next version of Microsoft Office. The menu and drop-down dialog box is being replaced by the ribbon interface. This workshop will cover the changes with hands-on experience for Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

If you are interested in learning please RSVP to Jon White.  Register early as these classes are limited to 10 people.

Most Downloaded Books

Current film release and blockbuster book, The Time Traveler’s Wife tops the list of the Most Downloaded Books from the Library for August. Coming back through the ranks to reclaim its spot on the Most Downloaded list is Steig Larsson’s Swedish mystery, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; might there be a spot on September’s list for the next title in the Millenium triology, The Girl Who Played with Fire? Success of the film Julie & Julia, based upon the lives of blogger Julie Powell and master chef Julia Child, has contributed to the stay of this title on the most downloaded audio and eBook lists.

Moving up on the Most Downloaded eBooks list is Vision in White, the first book in Nora Roberts’ new series, The Wedding Quartet. Also making the list is the internationally acclaimed bestseller, The Alchemist; the book first published in 1988 has sold more than 30 million copies. Expect this title to remain on bestseller lists, because after years of attempts, the brilliant story is being turned into a movie by Harvey Weinstein and Laurence Fishburne. Sadly we have to wait until 2011 to see it.

The Most Downloaded Books from the Library lists are organized by subject and format, and compiled based on activity at more than 9,000 libraries in the OverDrive global network. Here’s how we compare to the other 8999 libraries:top 25 Titles by Format for Aug 2009

top 25 august 2009

New Mobile OverDrive Console for Cell Phones

Our library’s download service eBooks to Go (OverDrive) just became even more portable with the release of OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile. Now you can wirelessly download audiobooks, music, and video to your Windows Mobile phone from the library’s download website eBooks to Go and play the titles with the same superior navigation features of OverDrive’s desktop software.

The free OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile application also works with dozens of other Windows Mobile phones. You can find a list of compatible devices can be found on the Windows Mobile website.

And don’t think that OverDrive is going to stop with OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile. This digital book application is just the first in a series of releases for mobile devices that will expand mobility and access to library downloads. They are actively developing additional apps for other platforms. (As soon as we have more news, you’ll hear about it right here.) For now, you can add the Windows Mobile phone console and begin downloading for free from the library anywhere you have phone reception.

Download OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile.

Reading: Paper vs Screen vs Audio

from OverDrive’s Digital Library Blog by Cindy Orr

Centuries ago it was strange and frightening to see someone read silently. People wondered what was happening to the person who was staring at a book but saying nothing. Were they possessed? Were they all right? This is because the norm until the 10th century was to read aloud. Monasteries weren’t the quiet places we imagine. The monks were all mumbling to themselves!

Sony ReaderWe don’t think about it much, but styles of reading have changed over time–even on paper. Scrolls were one format, and then the book (or codex) was invented. Moveable type made reading even easier. And now we can read on screens and listen to audiobooks. But is the experience the same?

Some people say it isn’t. One reading expert insists that handling a paper book makes reading physically rewarding because we see those finished pages grow on the left hand side as we read. But others would say that the most elegant thing about a paper book is that it “disappears” as we read, leaving just us and the story–but that is also the goal of good electronic reading devices. Read More..

What do you think?

OverDrive Media Console™ v3.2 for Windows!

It’s here! The new version of OverDrive® Media Console. Nearly all WMA Audiobooks in the download collection are now compatible with the iPod®, iPhoneT, iPod touch®, and iPod nano®, as well as Zune® and thousands of other portable devices, with a simple upgrade of OverDrive Media Console to version 3.2 on Windows® PCs.

With OMC v3.2 for Windows®, users can…

Continue reading

New OverDrive Books

The following eAudio Books have been added to the eMedia Catalog.

  • The Problem with the Puddles by Kate Feiffer
  • Swimsuit by James Patterson
  • Finger Lickin’ Fifteen: Stephanie Plum Series, Book 15 by  Janet Evanovich
  • Obsession: An Erotic Tale by Gloria Vanderbilt
  • The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, Book 5 by Rick Riordan
    Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • On The Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington Series, Book 1 by David Weber
    Series: Honor Harrington
  • Everlasting by Iris Johansen
  • Goldilicious by Victoria Kann
  • This Duchess of Mine by Eloisa James

New OverDrive eAudio Titles

New eAudio book titles purchased for eBooks to Go (OverDrive) for April 2009.

4 Bodies and a Funeral Stephanie Bond, Cassandra Campbell Fiction, Mystery
The 8th Confession James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, Carolyn McCormick Fiction, Mystery
About Face Donna Leon, David Colacci Fiction, Mystery
Afraid Jack Kilborn, Phil Gigante Fiction
Age is Just a Number Dara Torres, Rebecca Lowman Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction
At Last Comes Love Mary Balogh, Anne Flosnik Fiction
B Is for Beer Tom Robbins, Laura Silverman, ©2009 by Tom Robbins Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Bloodhound Tamora Pierce, Susan Denaker Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
The Bourne Ultimatum Robert Ludlum, Scott Brick Fiction
The Boxer and the Spy Robert B. Parker, Scott Brick Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Breach of Trust DiAnn Mills, Renée Raudman Fiction
Curious? Todd Kashdan, Todd Kashdan, ©2009 by Todd Kashdan Nonfiction, Self-Improvement
Dare to Die Carolyn Hart, Kate Reading Fiction, Mystery
Dawn in Eclipse Bay Jayne Ann Krentz, Joyce Bean Fiction, Romance
Devil’s Garden Ace Atkins, Dick Hill Fiction, Suspense
The Diary Eileen Goudge, Susan Ericksen Fiction, Literature
Ecological Intelligence Daniel Goleman, Daniel Goleman Business, Nonfiction
English Wang Gang, Michael Sun Lee Fiction
The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund Jill Kargman, Susan Ericksen Fiction
The Family Man Elinor Lipman, Jonathan Davis Fiction, Literature
Fearless Diana Palmer, Phil Gigante Fiction
First Family David Baldacci, Ron McLarty Fiction, Thriller
The First Tycoon T.J. Stiles, Mark Deakins Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction
Ghetto Superstar Nikki Turner, Bahni Turpin Fiction
The Golden Chance Jayne Ann Krentz, Patrick G. Lawlor, Franette Liebow Fiction, Romance
How to Win a Cosmic War Reza Aslan, Sunil Malhotra Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality
Hyperion Dan Simmons, Various Fiction, Science Fiction
If I Stay Gayle Forman, Kirsten Potter Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Innocent Blood P.D. James, Penelope Dellaporta Fiction, Mystery
Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow James Rollins, Pedro Pascal, ©2009 by James Rollins Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Jaws Peter Benchley, Erik Steele Fiction, Thriller
Joyful Wisdom Yongey Mingyur, Eric Swanson, Feodor Chin Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality
Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg Kathie Lee Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford Humor (Nonfiction), Nonfiction
The Little Stranger Sarah Waters, Simon Vance Fiction
Loitering With Intent Stuart Woods, Tony Roberts Fiction, Mystery
Look Again Lisa Scottoline, Mary Stuart Masterson Fiction, Thriller
Madison Avenue Shoot Jessica Fletcher, Cynthia Darlow, Cynthia Darlow Fiction, Mystery
Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii Lee Goldberg, Laura Hicks Fiction, Mystery
Mr. and Miss Anonymous Fern Michaels, Laural Merlington Fiction, Romance
Outcasts United Warren St. John, Lincoln Hoppe Nonfiction, Sports & Recreations
The Perfect Poison Amanda Quick, Anne Flosnik Fiction
Perfectly Imperfect Lee Woodruff, Lee Woodruff Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction
The Power of Small Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval, Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval Business, Nonfiction
Prayers for Sale Sandra Dallas, Maggi-Meg Reed Fiction, Literature
Promises I Made My Mother Sam Haskell, Sam Haskell Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction
Rabbit Ears Storybook Classics, Volume 6 Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Rebel Waltz Kay Hooper, Lyssa Browne Fiction, Romance
The Red Blazer Girls Michael D. Beil, Tai Alexandra Ricci Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Red Glass Laura Resau, Emma Bering Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Rogue Forces Dale Brown, William Dufris, ©2009 by Air Battle Force, Inc. Fiction, Literature
Sag Harbor Colson Whitehead, Mirron Willis Fiction, Literature
Seduction Amanda Quick, Anne Flosnik Fiction
Shadows Still Remain Peter de Jonge, Tina Benko, ©2009 by Peter de Jonge Fiction, Thriller
Showing Up For Life Bill Gates, Mary Ann Mackin, Patrick Egan, Bill Gates Nonfiction, Self-Improvement
Sign of the Cross Chris Kuzneski, Dick Hill Fiction, Thriller
The Skull Beneath the Skin P.D. James, Penelope Dellaporta Fiction, Mystery
Soul Enchilada David Macinnis Gill, Michelle Carmen Gomez Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Thanks for the Memories Cecelia Ahern, Sile Bermingham Fiction
Tree Girl Ben Mikaelsen, Amber Sealey Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
The Triggerman’s Dance T. Jefferson Parker, David Colacci Fiction, Suspense
Ultimatum Matthew Glass, Phil Gigante Fiction, Thriller
Vanished Smile R.A. Scotti, Kathe Mazur Art, Nonfiction
Vision in White Nora Roberts, Emily Durante Fiction, Romance
We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters Cokie Roberts, Cokie Roberts, ©1998, 2000, 2009 by Cokie Roberts Family & Relationships, Nonfiction
Who Is Mark Twain? Mark Twain, John Lithgow, ©2001 by The Mark Twain Foundation Essays, Nonfiction
Wrongful Death Robert Dugoni, Dan John Miller Fiction, Suspense

he following are the new titles added in April 2009.

NetLibrary Now Offers MP3 Audio Books

Netlibrary now has MP3 format available for eaudio books.  Attached is a list  of titles for adults and Children/YA. There are 746 titles for adults and 69 titles for children and/or YA. These titles will work on iPods formatted with a Windows computer.  They are still working on MAC computers and hope to launch this summer software which will allow the MP3 format to play on iPods formated with MAC computers.

NetLibrary MP3 Adult Titles

NetLibrary MP3 Titles for Children or YA

NetLibrary/Recorded Book Issue

We are having a problem with the downloadable books at NetLibrary/Recorded Books. It appears they have switched our account to the new model without telling us. This means that a large number of titles in the Library catalog are no longer accessible to our patrons. Chris is in the process of deleting all the NetLibrary/Recorded book records in the library catalog. She will reload Netlibrary records when they become available from OCLC. We do not have an ET on it so in the meantime, direct patrons directly to NetLibrary/Recorded Books. After logging in (or if in the library) they will see on the right hand side a box labeled “In Our Collection”. These are the books we now own.