29 October 2010

E-book Additions in Romance

Thanks to the generous gift of a member library, we've added 141 ebook titles in the "romance" category to our downloadable collection. A sampling of the authors added, in both EPUB and PDF format:

Mary Balogh
Candace Camp
Jennifer Crusie
Christine Feehan
Karen Hawkins
Linda Howard
Stephanie Laurens
Johanna Lindsey
Fern Michaels
Carla Neggers
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Amanda Quick
Julia Quinn
Nora Roberts
Susan Wiggs
Sherryl Woods

As any of us who collect romance in print know, this genre is one with constant demand. For most OverDrive ebook libraries, the romance genre is their top circulating genre. The Romance Writers Association maintains a section on their website with great statistics. Did you know that romances are the second top-performing category on best seller lists, topped only by movie tie-ins? That, with $1.36 billion in sales in 2009, twice as much spending is done on romances than on mysteries ($674 million)?

26 October 2010

DCF and GMBA Additions, audio and ebook

Our Selection Committee periodically checks to see what titles from the current DCF and GMBA awards lists may have been released on audio since our last awards purchase. Here's what we were able to add this time around:

Available ebooks from the 2010-11 DCF list
War Games
Project Sweet Life
We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June
The Hunchback Assignments

Audio titles from 2010-11 DCF list that were previously unavailable
All the Broken Pieces
11 Birthdays
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June

Available on ebook from the 2010-11 GMBA list
Wicked Lovely

Past GMBA winners now available
Crank (audio)
First Part Last (audio)
Looking for Alaska (ebook)

Trainings Scheduled

We have two sessions of OverDrive's Browse, Check Out, and Download trainings scheduled for November. We encourage staff at all member libraries to participate in one of the trainings, conducted online using the ReadyTalk conference software, so as to get up to speed with the process of ebooks prior to the format becoming widely available for patrons.

Browse, Check Out, Download

Tuesday November 23rd at 10am eastern

Wednesday November 24th at 3pm eastern

Description: Learn how to browse, check out, and download OverDrive media. At the end of this course, staff should feel comfortable answering basic questions about your OverDrive service.

Duration: 1.5 hours.

Who should attend: All staff.

The membership contact for each library should have received an email with the access code; if you need the access code, please contact Kip Roberson at kroberson[at]shelburnevt.org for a copy of the email.

Children's E-book Additions

When our site is out of development, you can look forward to this opening collection of some new titles, classic favorites, and titles from the DCF and GMBA awards lists:

A Faraway Island Annika Thor, Linda Schenck
A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll
Along for the Ride Sarah Dessen
Anne of Green Gables L. M. Montgomery
Before I Fall Lauren Oliver
Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis
Evernight Claudia Gray
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Flawless Sara Shepard
Fragile Eternity Melissa Marr
Going Bovine Libba Bray
Harriet the Spy Louise Fitzhugh
Hate List Jennifer Brown
Henry Huggins Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
Hourglass Claudia Gray
Ink Exchange Melissa Marr
Killer Sara Shepard
L. A. Candy Lauren Conrad
Looking for Alaska John Green
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Nightfall L. J. Smith
Perfect Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars Sara Shepard
Project Sweet Life Brent Hartinger
Radiant Shadows Melissa Marr
Ramona and Her Father Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
Ramona the Pest Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
Scat Carl Hiaasen
Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto Eric Luper
Shadow Souls L. J. Smith
Slob Ellen Potter
Stargazer Claudia Gray
Stargirl Jerry Spinelli
Sweet Little Lies Lauren Conrad
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
The Batboy Mike Lupica
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Boy Book E. Lockhart
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
The Boyfriend List E. Lockhart
The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau
The Dark Deeps Arthur Slade
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
The Great Gilly Hopkins Katherine Paterson
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
The Hunchback Assignments Arthur Slade
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Kate DiCamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline
The Secret of the Old Clock Carolyn G. Keene
The Tale of Despereaux Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering
The Thief Megan Whalen Turner
The Treasure Map of Boys E. Lockhart
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson
Unbelievable Sara Shepard
Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech
Wanted Sara Shepard
War Games Audrey Couloumbis, Akila Couloumbis
We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes Patrick Jennings
When You Reach Me Rebecca Stead
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Grace Lin
Wicked Sara Shepard
Wicked Lovely Melissa Marr
Will Grayson, Will Grayson John Green, David Levithan
Wintergirls Laurie Halse Anderson

25 October 2010

E-book additions continue

Here are the titles from the most recent batch of e-books:

Title Author(s)
The Coke Machine Michael Blanding
Dewey's Nine Lives Vicki Myron
Djibouti Elmore Leonard
Dogfight, A Love Story Matt Burgess
A Duty to the Dead Charles Todd
Growing Up Laughing Marlo Thomas
Heat Wave Richard Castle
Hector and the Search for Happiness Francois Lelord
Hey Nostradamus! Douglas Coupland
How to Be an American Housewife Margaret Dilloway
An Impartial Witness Charles Todd
Is It Just Me? Whoopi Goldberg
Lost Empire Clive Cussler, Grant Blackwood
McGraw-Hill's SAT Christopher Black, Mark Anestis
Methland Nick Reding
Naked Heat Richard Castle
The Next Queen of Heaven Gregory Maguire
Painted Ladies Robert B. Parker
Paranormal State Ryan Buell, Stefan Petrucha
The Perfection Point John Brenkus
Poker Face Maureen Callahan
Power Jeffrey Pfeffer
Power Thoughts Joyce Meyer
The Replacement Brenna Yovanoff
Russian Winter Daphne Kalotay
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Spartan Gold Clive Cussler
The Stuff That Never Happened Maddie Dawson
To the End of the Land David Grossman, Jessica Cohen
Up from the Blue Susan Henderson
War Is Boring David Axe, Matt Bors
Washington Ron Chernow
The World Is Bigger Now Euna Lee, Lisa Dickey
You Lost Me There Rosecrans Baldwin

Please remember that this is a growing collection, and we are aiming for a "soft" opening -- meaning that this collection will continue to grow, and that it may not meet a full load of patron demand until our new membership year begins in January 2011. We continue to purchase popular reading materials, rather than classics and children's books, for this beginning collection. Post January, our purchasing for the e-book collection will meet the same guidelines as our downloadable audio.

22 October 2010

Quick Facts About Our Ebook Collection

Some things to remember about our just-starting-collection:

In general:
  • We will be offering trainings on ebooks through OverDrive. As with our previous trainings, these will be done online. All member libraries should ensure staff attend one of these trainings, even if you attended a training that covered ebooks during OverDrive's Open Training Month. Look for a future post with information on trainings, including dates.
  • Our collection currently stands at over 300 purchased titles, with more purchases likely before the end of 2010. The collection should grow significantly after 2011 membership dues begin to be collected; ebooks and downloadable audio both have collection budgets.
  • We are participating in the Project Gutenberg partnership with OverDrive, which adds access to over 15,000 ebooks in the public domain to our collection. These titles include works by many authors your patrons will be interested: Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and more. Be sure to advertise this collection to your patrons as well. Teachers and students may find the collection particularly useful.
  • Your library's fee on your 2011 Membership Agreement included access for all of your registered patrons to both downloadable audio and ebooks.
About ebooks in particular:
  • Ebooks expire off both your computer and your device at the end of the circulation period. This is different from downloadable audio titles, which expire off your computer and not off your device.
  • Ebooks can be read on a computer using Adobe Digital Editions, and can also be read on devices such as the Nook, various Sony products, and, coming soon, the iPad. For a full list of compatible devices, see http://www.overdrive.com/resources/drc/compatibleebookdevices.aspx.
  • Kindles are not compatible with the OverDrive collection. This is a choice on the part of Amazon and the Kindle, which use a proprietary file type.
  • Ebooks can be returned early. Again, this is different from downloadable audio titles.
As with downloadable audio, these guidelines around the downloading process, the format, lending time, and the ability to return early -- collectively referred to as Digital Rights Management, or DRM -- are determined by the publisher and the publishing community. We do not have control over these issues. OverDrive is aware that most libraries and library patrons would like to see early return of downloadable audio titles, but this is prohibited by the publisher.

The E-book Collection Begins!

Once the Listen Up! Vermont site comes out of development (necessary to add e-books), our patrons can look forward to the following titles as part of the opening collection:

Title Author(s)
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
Dark Star Alan Furst
The Miracle at Speedy Motors Alexander McCall Smith
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
Away from Her Alice Munro
The Love of a Good Woman Alice Munro
Keeper Andrea Gillies
Juliet Anne Fortier
Medium Raw Anthony Bourdain
Third World America Arianna Huffington
The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father Barack Obama
Animal Dreams Barbara Kingsolver
The Fort Bernard Cornwell
Pinheads and Patriots Bill O'Reilly
Dracula Bram Stoker, Elizabeth Kostova
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
The Lace Reader Brunonia Barry
The Alienist Caleb Carr
Star Island Carl Hiaasen
The Box Garden Carol Shields
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Chelsea Handler
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
No Country for Old Men Cormac McCarthy
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Prep Curtis Sittenfeld
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol Dan Brown
Drive Daniel H. Pink
What Is the What Dave Eggers
Zeitoun Dave Eggers
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
One Day David Nicholls
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle David Wroblewski
Muhammad Deepak Chopra
Gone, Baby, Gone Dennis Lehane
Mystic River Dennis Lehane
Shutter Island Dennis Lehane
How to Read the Air Dinaw Mengestu
Coming Back Stronger Drew Brees, Chris Fabry, Mark Brunell
The Known World Edward P. Jones
Committed Elizabeth Gilbert
Killshot Elmore Leonard
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
Let's Take the Long Way Home Gail Caldwell
The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head Gary Small, Gigi Vorgan
Displaced Persons Ghita Schwarz
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson
The Fall Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat Hal Herzog
Tell No One Harlan Coben
Bad Things Happen Harry Dolan
The Weather of the Future Heidi Cullen
Atonement Ian McEwan
Even Silence Has an End Ingrid Betancourt
Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky
The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson
Shogun James Clavell
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
A Million Little Pieces James Frey
Don't Blink James Patterson, Howard Roughan
Darkly Dreaming Dexter Jeff Lindsay
Dexter Is Delicious Jeff Lindsay
The Lost Dogs Jim Gorant
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Bangkok 8 John Burdett
A Time to Kill John Grisham
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
Through Black Spruce Joseph Boyden
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Netherland Joseph O'Neill
The Good Daughters Joyce Maynard
The Widower's Tale Julia Glass
The Passage Justin Cronin
Sh*t My Dad Says Justin Halpern
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Fall of Giants Ken Follett
I'd Know You Anywhere Laura Lippman
What the Dead Know Laura Lippman
Outliers Malcolm Gladwell
Moral Disorder and Other Stories Margaret Atwood
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
The Gendarme Mark T. Mustian
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
Dirty Sexy Politics Meghan McCain
The Murder Room Michael Capuzzo
Pirate Latitudes Michael Crichton
Anil's Ghost Michael Ondaatje
The Omnivore's Dilemma Michael Pollan
Have a Little Faith Mitch Albom
Cathedral Nelson DeMille
The Charm School Nelson DeMille
Safe Haven Nicholas Sparks
Bed of Roses Nora Roberts
Savor the Moment Nora Roberts
Vision In White Nora Roberts
Blood of the Prodigal P. L. Gaus
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
Native Son Richard Wright
The Disappearing Spoon Sam Kean
Ape House Sara Gruen
Body Work Sara Paretsky
Man in the Woods Scott Spencer
Bob Dylan In America Sean Wilentz
WAR Sebastian Junger
Adam & Eve Sena Jeter Naslund
Salvation City Sigrid Nunez
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Truth-Teller's Lie Sophie Hannah
Mini-Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella
The Grand Design Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
Carrie Stephen King
The Dead Zone Stephen King
It Stephen King
The Shining Stephen King
The Stand Stephen King
Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
SuperFreakonomics Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
"U" is for Undertow Sue Grafton
Stiltsville Susanna Daniel
Getting to Happy Terry McMillan
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Tom Franklin
C Tom McCarthy
Child 44 Tom Rob Smith
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
A Journey Tony Blair
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
Beatrice and Virgil Yann Martel

Remember that we are looking to have a "soft" opening for this collection, which we were able to begin collecting almost three months ahead of schedule thanks to the end of our contract with Recorded Books. The collection will begin small, but grow significantly, especially as we approach January. We ask that you refrain from pushing the collection to your public until January 2011, instead letting your patrons discover the collection, or steering patrons who ask about ebooks in particular to the collection.

20 October 2010

ALA releases E-books Map

This morning, the American Library Association released this interesting map, looking at the coverage of access to e-books through libraries in the US:

I was actually surprised to see that 22% of Vermont libraries who responded reported having access for patrons to e-books; this still places us in third-to-last in the country for coverage, with only New Mexico and Iowa behind, and well below the nearly 66% average nationwide.

As this format continues to be talked about in the media, patron demand for access and patron questions about the format will only grow. E-books are in the process of being added to our OverDrive collection at http://www.listenupvermont.org, with hundreds of titles already on order and the format part of our collection development plan for 2011. The fee listed on your 2011 Membership Agreement includes access to not only our downloadable audio collection for your library's patrons, but also our e-book collection, a very important piece of information for your Director or membership contact to keep in mind.

The map, including links to the data, is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/research/initiatives/plftas/2009_2010/ebooksmap0910.cfm.

15 October 2010

12 October 2010

Membership Mailings Completed

All libraries should have received by now their 2011 Membership Agreement for participation in the Green Mountain Library Consortium. As outlined in your agreement, your annual fee comes with the following benefits:
  • access to Listen Up! Vermont, the statewide downloadable audio and e-book service at a much lower per title cost than if individually purchased;
  • access to discounts for programs and services procured by the GMLC;
  • the ability to participate in vokal, the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries project, including the ability to access the consortium catalog currently in development -- additional vokal fees apply;
  • the ability to suggest and participate in incubator projects for library expansion of services;
  • continuing education on consortium endeavors with networking opportunities;
  • ongoing communication on tips, tricks, and opportunities connected with consortium projects;
  • working alongside very cool people.
If you received your agreement and are having trouble with the form, please visit https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEh1Vk9WZWpvSERW TWd4U255MWJJUmc6MQ; if your library has not received a Membership Agreement, please contact Stephanie Chase at schase[at]stowelibrary.org.

06 October 2010

Membership Agreement mailings begin

Member libraries whose library names begin with the letters A through C should have received their 2011 Membership Agreement via email today. The agreement will be an attachment to the email, and is a PDF.

Over the next few days, I will continue to send out the 2011 Membership Agreements -- I've got quite a lot on my plate, so you will have to forgive me for the length of time it might take to get them all out as I finish up my last projects for the GMLC.

Member libraries A to C who did not receive an agreement, please check your spam folders and, if it is not there, send me an email at schase[at]stowelibrary.org. If it is likely that you have given us a VALS email as your contact email, please give us a non-VALS email to resend the agreement to.

Membership Agreements are due by Wednesday, December 1. All libraries who have not notified the GMLC of their status at that time by visiting the Google form set up for agreements will automatically be renewed, and subject to the conditions in the 2011 agreement.


05 October 2010

New & Popular Titles Added in October

Adam & Eve

Sena Jeter Naslund

At Home

Bill Bryson

Bob Dylan in America

Sean Wilentz

By Nightfall

Michael Cunningham

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Tom Franklin

Decision Points

George W. Bush

Fall of Giants

Ken Follett


Jonathan Franzen

Getting to Happy

Terry McMillan

The Grand Design

Stephen Hawking

The Hiding Place

Corrie Ten Boom

A Journey

Tony Blair


Anne Fortier

Man in the Woods

Scott Spencer

My Reading Life

Pat Conroy

Of Love and Evil

Anne Rice

Packing for Mars

Mary Roach


Emma Donoghue

Sh*t My Dad Says

Justin Halpern

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

David Sedaris

Star Island

Carl Hiaasen

The Tenth Parallel

Eliza Griswold

To the End of the Land

David Grossman

The Wave

Susan Casey

The Widower's Tale

Julia Glass

04 October 2010

Bookmarks & Posters

Listen Up! Vermont libraries: if you need posters for your library or community, we have LOTS available. Bookmarks are starting to run out; we will have a new batch by January, which we hope will continue to feature our beloved cows, this time, perhaps, with an e-reader as well!

If you need posters and/or bookmarks, please contact Kip Roberson at the Pierson Library in Shelburne at kroberson[at]shelburnevt.org. You will need to send along postage for Kip, in stamps, either $4.95 for a small flat rate envelope or $10.70 for the medium flat rate box. Stephanie in Stowe is all out of bookmarks, but does, for the time being, have posters.