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April 15, 2013

New OverDrive

by Matt

Originally posted on Henrico Library:

Are you an eBook reader? If so,  we have some news for you. OverDrive (one of the companies we work with the provide eBooks) is updating their service. We mentioned this a few months ago but, at that time, we didn’t know when we would be getting the update. Well, now we know. We will be getting the update – The week ofApril 15th.

What does this mean?

1.Our OverDrive site will look completely different.

To get an idea of what the new site will look like take a look at Chesterfield’s OverDrive site.

2. New Filtered Search

The search experience has been improved. You will have the ability to narrow searches by format, subject, publisher, language and by age.

3. One-step check out

One of the improvements we like is the in the checkout process. Currently, you have to choose the format you want then…

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September 7, 2012

Congratulations to the Summer Reading Club prize winners!

by Matt

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February 10, 2012

Libraries, Publishers, eBooks & You

by Matt

We wanted to let you know about a (very) recent development regarding our digital collection. As of today (2/10), Penguin (publisher of popular authors like Nora Roberts, Ken Follett, Charlaine Harris and many others) will no longer offer copies of their eBooks and audiobooks to be purchased by libraries via OverDrive.

What does this mean?

Basically, it means that we will not be able to buy any more eBooks from Penguin. They have joined other ‘Big 6’ publishers Simon & Schuster and Macmillian in not letting libraries lend the eBooks they publish. We would love to be able to lend their eBooks, unfortunately we can’t.

What about the books the library has already purchased?

They will continue to be available. One BIG difference, however, is how Kindle editions are handled. According to an email from OverDrive, eBooks published by Penguin will no longer be available for over-the-air delivery via Wi-Fi. People with Kindles who want to read eBooks published by Penguin will have to download the title and transfer it to their Kindle via a USB cord. We’re not sure how this will work yet. We will be learning along with you.

The eBook segment of the publishing world is in the very early stages of development. It will continue to change as publishers, book sellers, and libraries experiment with new ways to provide eBooks to you. We will continue do our best to provide the books you want in the format you prefer.

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