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.

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