25 March 2011

New quick search option for your mobile users

If your patrons use overdrive app on their i-phone, i-pad or android phones, you may want to alert them of this cool new feature that just came out. It allows your patrons to search for only available titles on the Listen Up mobile site! Remember, if you have any questions regarding the use of these mobile apps, please check out the following post from January 19th:

http://vtaudiobooks.blogspot.com/2011/01/mobile-device-training.html

VF

18 March 2011

STATEMENT REGARDING HARPER COLLINS


The Green Mountain Mountain Library Consortium (GMLC) works to provide Vermont libraries with access to downloadable audiobooks and downloadable eBooks in an efficient and cost effective way.  Our current vendor, OverDrive, has been terrific to work with and has helped us to establish a valuable service of providing these formats to Vermonters.

A few weeks ago Overdrive informed their customers that Harper Collins, a publisher of many popular titles, has imposed a 26 checkout limit on purchased eBooks. Under this new policy, our access to these titles will “expire” after they have been checked out 26 times.  In order to continue to provide our patrons with access, the titles that have expired would need to be re-purchased, which Harper Collins says will be at a lower price rate. 

GMLC is disappointed in this change in pricing structure.  While we understand Harper Collins’ desire to ensure their digital files are not owned “in perpetuity,” we feel that there are other models that could have been implemented that would serve the needs of libraries, their patrons, and Harper Collins.  One such example would have been a model similar to the “always available” leased model used by Tantor and Blackstone for their audio titles.
  
GMLC, along with libraries across the state and country, are looking to Harper Collins to reconsider this recent change to its ebook purchasing structure.  Our decision to continue to purchase materials from Harper Collins will hinge on the next steps taken by this publisher.


The Green Mountain Library Consortium Board
Mary Danko, President

Direct comments can be made to Harper Collins at  library.ebook@HarperCollins.com

17 March 2011

Spring Forward!

Recently on the New Hampshire downloable books listserv, the following message arrived:

"Expired titles are remaining (inactive) attached to
people's accounts not allowing them to retrieve their new holds (if
they've maxed out their three checkouts). Our patrons are complaining
that they are losing their holds".


The error message is as follows:

Error number:   0xC0001F42   
Error message:Unable to open a recordset in the database

 This may due to the fact that we recently moved our clocks forward ahead an hour. Please make sure to ask your patrons that the clocks on their device and their computers are both synced to the same time. Some other questions to ask:

     Are you behind a restrictive firewall?
    Do you have fairly high security settings on your computer?
    Can you add our server to the list of sites your browser or
operating system trusts?
    Can you right-click on URLLink.acsm, choose "Properties," and
   unblock the file?

If this happens to one of your patrons, and none of the above questions seem to help, please send me the following information:
patron number, library name, patron email address,
desired title and FORMAT (MP3, WMA, or EPUB)


I would like to thank Bobbi Slossar of the NH state library for this information. 

07 March 2011

New Items to the Collection!

As your new coordinator I am still learning a TON and so I apologize for not getting this list out to you in the past. With the Harper Collins 26 checkout per e-book rule going into effect today, we here at GMLC have prepared for it the best we can by buying as much Harper Collins content as we possibly could before the new model went live. We will be having a meeting about this issue on Friday March 11 at 11am. Please email me: vtaudiobooks<@> gmail.com  if you would like to attend this meeting!

Without any further ado- here are a list of the new Harper Collins items we have added to our collection. I would like to thank the hard work of Kip, Joan, Karen  and Stephanie for purchasing these titles on such short notice! I will be posting other items we have purchased in the past couple months soon.



Title Author(s)
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
Anne Frank Francine Prose
The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein
Blood, Bones & Butter Gabrielle Hamilton
Blood, Bones & Butter Gabrielle Hamilton, Gabrielle Hamilton
The Boleyn Wife Brandy Purdy
Cream Puff Murder Joanne Fluke
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder Rebecca Wells
Death of a Chimney Sweep M. C. Beaton
The Doomsday Key James Rollins
A Duke of Her Own Eloisa James
A Duke of Her Own Lorraine Heath
Fatally Flaky Diane Mott Davidson
The Fellowship of the Ring J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin
The Lacuna Barbara Kingsolver
Lit Mary Karr
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
Marley & Me John Grogan
Mastered By Love Stephanie Laurens
Matched Ally Condie, Kate Simses
More Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Guy Fieri
A People's History of the United States Howard Zinn
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
Revolt! Dick Morris
So Much for That Lionel Shriver
This Book Is Overdue! Marilyn Johnson
Unseen Academicals Terry Pratchett
Wicked Lovely with Bonus Material Melissa Marr
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Gregory Maguire
A Widow's Story Joyce Carol Oates


Title
Author(s)

101 Places Not to See Before You Die Catherine Price
32 Candles
Ernessa T. Carter
40 Ways to Raise a Nonracist Child Barbara Mathias, Mary Ann French
After the Ice
Alun Anderson
Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce Kent Nerburn
Eye of the Needle
Ken Follett

Faint Echoes, Distant Stars Ben Bova

John Lennon
Philip Norman
The Mapping of Love and Death Jacqueline Winspear
Morning Comes Softly
Debbie Macomber
Sword Song
Bernard Cornwell
Take Me Home
Brian Leung

Voluntary Simplicity
Duane Elgin

Walking on Air
R.S. Jones

You've GOT to Read This Book! Jack Canfield, Gay Hendricks


Title
Author(s)

Angel
James Patterson
The Charmed Return
Frewin Jones
Cloaked
Alex Flinn

Death Cloud
Andrew Lane

The Fourth Stall
Chris Rylander
The Iron Queen
Julie Kagawa
The Lying Game
Sara Shepard, 
Mission Unstoppable
Dan Gutman

Suicide Notes
Michael Thomas Ford
Wonderland
Joanna Nadin, Sarah Coomes
You
Charles Benoit, David Baker


Title
Author(s)

1492
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
1812
Walter R. Borneman
500 Great Facts to Know About America Bill Adler

Abigail and John
Edith Gelles

Abraham
Bruce Feiler

Africa United
Steve Bloomfield
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll

American Jezebel
Eve LaPlante
Anne of Avonlea
L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables
L. M. Montgomery
Anne of the Island
L. M. Montgomery
The Autobiography of Mark Twain Charles Neider
Barbarians at the Gate
Bryan Burrough, John Helyar
Beautiful Assassin
Michael C. White
Being Wrong
Kathryn Schulz
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Barbara Robinson
The Birth House
Ami McKay

The Boys of Summer
Roger Kahn

The Clockwork Universe
Edward Dolnick
Cooking for Friends
Gordon Ramsay
Deep Dish
Mary Kay Andrews
Dreamgirls
Denene Millner
The Fixer Upper
Mary Kay Andrews
Frost/Nixon
David Frost

Kate
Claudia Joseph
The Kennedy Men
Laurence Leamer
Little Bitty Lies
Mary Kay Andrews
Making Toast
Roger Rosenblatt
The Pioneer Woman
Ree Drummond
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Kate Douglas Wiggin
Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen

She-Wolves
Helen Castor

Spark
Julie Burstein, Kurt Andersen
To a Mountain in Tibet
Colin Thubron
The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams
Walking the Bible
Bruce Feiler

Water
Steven Solomon
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig

04 March 2011

Info on today's report's training

If you missed today's report's training, or would like to review the information on it, be sure to take a look at the information below.

For audio: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=8gevri (bear in mind the audio is only good for 30 days)

Slideshow: http://www.overdrive.com/trainingcenter and go down to Real Time Reports

That link also includes some other helpful information, such as:
  • Learn about other OverDrive courses.
  • View our Mobile Update recording. 
  • Download the How-To Guide for eBooks.
  • Download our Patron Training Template.
  • Link to our Marketing Kit

Let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at vtaudiobooksgmail.com

VF

03 March 2011

Overdrive eBooks & Harper Collins

Many of you heard about Overdrive’s memo and their statement that there is one publisher who is planning on limiting eBook checkouts.  That publisher has turned out to be Harper Collins and naturally many libraries are questioning how this will affect their eBook purchasing and lending.  Overdrive has put out a reaction on their blog which you can read here:

http://overdriveblogs.com/library/2011/03/01/a-message-from-overdrive-on-harpercollins-new-ebook-licensing-terms/

(You are able to post comments to this blog post if you wish)

As eBooks are a new format for GMLC and we are still working out how to best build this collection I invite all the consortium members to please let the board know your feelings on this topic.  Please feel free to comment on this post or send an email to vtaudiobooks gmail.com

01 March 2011

Training Reminder

Just a reminder that overdrive will be hosting a reports training on Friday March 4 at 10AM. Please plan on being there!

To login into this training go to: www.readytalk.com and click on the "Join Meeting" box.

Enter the access code: 5736005

To receive audio of this conference, call the number: 1.866.740.1260

Let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at: vtaudiobooks@gmail.com

VF