Category Archives: E-Books

New OverDrive App for Kindle Fire – Updates for Other Platforms

Earlier this month, I reported the release of OverDrive Media Console for Nook Color (also Nook HD, Nook HD+, Nook Tablet), to be found in the Nook Apps storefront. [OverDrive’s announcement]  This allows patrons to download ePub e-books and mp3 audiobooks directly to the device.  Today, I am pleased to announce there is now an OverDrive Media Console app for Kindle Fire, available in the Amazon App Store for Android. [OverDrive’s announcement]  This app will be especially helpful for downloading those titles that previously required download to a computer and USB transfer to the device, as well as those user who would like to download audiobooks from the library.

In other news, an update to the OverDrive Media Console app (ver. 2.6) has been released. [Overdrive’s announcement]  Some of the improvements include support for iPhone 5, support for the action bar in Android, a redesigned audiobook player, and the ability to share what you are reading to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.) profiles.  If you app is outdated, you will be prompted to update next time you open it.

To learn more about how to download and set up the OverDrive Media Console app on your device, please check out our OverDrive Mobile help page.

OverDrive App Released for Nook Color

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If you own a Nook color and find the process of downloading our e-media to your computer and then transferring it to you device to be laborious, we have good news!  There is now a free OverDrive Media Console app for download in the Nook app store.  Just visit the store from your Nook Color to download it, and you will have instant, on-the-go access to our ePub e-books and mp3 audiobooks.  If you already have an Adobe ID from using Adobe Digital Editions on your computer, you can reuse it when registering your device with the app.  For more information on how to set up the app to work with our library books, please see the mobile devices help page on our website .

Enjoying Library E-books Is About to Get Easier

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If you download e-books from the library, you know that the process can be cumbersome – especially for new users!  It seems our e-book vendor, OverDrive, has heard our concerns and will be releasing some features to help address them.

The feature I’d like to highlight today is a new platform called “OverDrive Read.”  This platform would allow library e-books to be read from any standard web browser, without the need to download software or authorize a device.  It is due to be released by the end of the year.  To read more about this new platform, see their press release.  If you would rather watch a video about it, see below.  Stay tuned for more news about improvements to our media download service.

 

Coming Soon: Digital Bookmobile

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As you may know, access to our downloadable e-books and audiobooks is provided OverDrive.  Every summer, the company takes a customized eighteen-wheel vehicle, the Digital Bookmobile, on a cross-country tour to promote their services in public libraries.  This year, with the help of the Upper Hudson Library System, the East Greenbush Community Library will be hosting OverDrive Digital Bookmobile in our parking lot on August 9, from 10am to 4pm.  Stop by to learn what the OverDrive service is and how to use it, play in their Gadget Gallery or kick back and watch a video in the Video Lounge.  See you there!

Now Playing: Video Tutorials!

For all of you folks who learn best by watching, you’re in luck!  OverDrive, the service the library uses to provide downloadable e-books and audiobooks, has released a series of videos to help new users get started downloading library books to their devices.

We have linked to the new videos on the OverDrive Information portion of our website.  Please click a link below to get information about how to use your device to download library books.

We also have information to get you started on the following devices, but no videos yet:

As always, feel free to call or stop by the Reference Desk (477-7476 option 5) with any questions you may have.  You can also drop us an email using our contact form.  Please be very specific when describing your question/issue.

Until next time…

OverDrive Catalog Updates

The Upper Hudson Library System has been selected by OverDrive, our e-content manager,  to take part in a pilot program that will add functionality to our current digital collections catalog.  The change is slated to take place Monday, May 7.   The new catalog will add three major features:

  1. Recommend to library – allows cardholders to browse the entire OverDrive catalog and suggest the purchase of titles to the library.  Within the recommendation screen, you can choose whether to be emailed if the item is purchased, automatically added to the request list, or both.
  2. Buy it now – if a title is unavailable for immediate download, there will be an additional option to purchase the title (for personal use, not for the library) from a list of vendors.  Side note:the library system gets credit toward e-content for every purchase made through the OverDrive catalog.
  3. Advertising – There will now be a space for advertisements from publishers, OverDrive, and member libraries.  When the pilot program is concluded, the library system will receive credit towards e-content in exchange for the ad placement.

Hopefully, these changes will be a win-win.  Patrons will be able to have a say in the development of our e-collections, as well as the option to get immediate access to desired content.  Libraries will not only benefit monetarily, but will also be able to build collections that may more accurately reflect the tastes of our patrons.

Let us know what you think of the changes, once the new catalog is up and running.  We look forward to your feedback!

Kindle Glitch with New Harry Potter E-Books

As announced by OverDrive, the e-book and audiobook versions of the Harry Potter series became available for download today (through the library).  Unfortunately, there seems to be a glitch with the Kindle version.  Amazon is aware of the issue and working to correct it.  In the meantime, those users attempting to download Kindle versions of the Harry Potter series will receive an error message.

The ePub and audio versions of the books are not affected.  We’ll let you know when this issue is fixed.  Thanks for your patience!

Help Us Fight for E-Book Access

If you saw my previous post about publishers who refuse to sell e-books to libraries, you may remember I encouraged you let them know how you feel about their restrictive policies.  It seems the Librarian in Black had the same idea.  As the Director of the San Rafael Public Library, she has posted the contact information  for those publishers who make their electronic content unavailable to libraries and patrons.  Please join us in the fight to provide access to the bestselling books you want to read, in whichever format you choose to read them.  Thanks for your help!

Why Can’t I Download That Book?

Have you ever tried to download a bestselling novel from the library, only to find it wasn’t even listed catalog?  You can find it in print from the library, but not the electronic version.  What gives?

The short answer is publisher fear.  Some publishers refuse to deal with libraries for fear their profit margin will shrink.  Others impose a variety of restrictions that make purchasing an e-book far more expensive than purchasing a print copy.  For an example, check out this post from Library Journal that explains why our library no longer judges purchasing titles from HarperCollins to be a wise use of taxpayer money.  Still others, such as Penguin, have issues with Amazon, and libraries get caught in the middle.

For an excellent explanation of this convoluted mess, see this summary by the Times Colonist.  Please understand that we, as librarians, would love to be able to purchase all of the e-books that you, our patrons want to read.  We are doing are best to convince publishers that allowing library patrons to borrow their books may stimulate sales, rather than steal them.  If you would like to add your voice, the publishers in question include HarperCollins, Penguin, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan.  Contact them and let them know what you think about their policies concerning e-books and libraries.

After writing the first draft of this post, I saw an article in Consumer Reports about publishers named above, who are currently under federal investigation for fixing prices on e-books in the US and Europe.  It will be very interesting to see how this plays out…