OverDrive Gets a New Look and Browser-Based Reading

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If you use our downloadable e-books or audiobooks, you may be glad to know that the long-promised redesign and additional features, dubbed “Next Generation”, have finally arrived!  To see the new site layout, head to http://digitalcollection.uhls.org.  The short video below will explain how to browse the collection and manage your account in the new interface.  It will also introduce a great new feature – “OverDrive Read.”  This allows patrons to check out e-books and read them in a browser (online or offline) and synchronize bookmarks, last page read, etc. across devices.  Not all titles are available in OverDrive Read, but many are.

Some information to note about the new interface:

  • The new website uses “responsive design” which allows the mobile and desktop experience to be the same—optimized for any size screen regardless of a user’s device.
  • The Next Generation digital library website makes use of web technologies such as HTML 5 and CSS 3, which are not supported by some versions of Internet Explorer. If a user has IE 7 installed,  they will be immediately prompted to complete a one-time install of the Google Chrome Frame plug-in. The plug-in is free and only takes a few seconds to install. Users of IE 8 & 9 will also be prompted to install the plug-in for use of OverDrive Read (browser-based reading). Users may switch to another browser such as Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

Let us know what you think of the new interface in the comment section below!