Innovation in OverDrive – Day 2 of Digipalooza 2011

July 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

OverDrive’s Library Advisory Council created in 2010 to allow librarians to give feedback and suggestions to OverDrive.
Members test software, websites, and content models.
New Open EPUB format – DRM free ebooks that may be used on a multitude of devices.
Boston Public Library bought this new format and had over 200 checkouts in the first month.

Ben Alcorn from OverDrive spoke on more access to content – new improvements coming in Content Reserve!

OverDrive WIN will include:

1.  Enhanced searching – better returns
2.  BISAC subject headings for collection development – better results
3.  Marketplace skins for different countries and platforms – can be regional or age levels
4.  Patron Driven Acquisitions
5.  Format Consolidation
6.  Multiple cart support – you can have more than one cart open in Marketplace.
7.  Advantage reporting – already rolled out.
8.  Advanced Download Standing Order Plans
9.  Smart List ordering

In streamlining the content selection, you’ll now choose a title rather than look at format first.
Patron Driven Acquisition – Recommend to Library – – Let your patrons tell you titles they would like to see added to the collection.  You have control over whether or not to purchase it.  Also has an option to let patron actually decide to add it to your collection if you set up a default budget.

More maximum access with ebooks from Lonely Planet and other companies.
Max access with Disney Digital Books already going.

DRM-free eBooks – 1500 titles from O’Reilly, Carina Press and other publishing companies from around the world.

Simon Miller from OverDrive  focused on the streamlined user experience in OverDrive WIN.
1.  Innovation in browsing
2.  Format Options – no more format confusion – Patrons use a simple wizard to connect them to content more quickly.  They are then asked which brand device they are using.  From there, they see the content appropriate to their device.
3.  Kindle  – Existing ebooks in your collection will be available for use on all Kindle reading apps and devices.  Will benefit from Amazon’s Whisper sync technology as far as notes and bookmarks.  When you go to download, you’ll see “Get for Kindle” an you’ll be taken to the Kindle site but it will be coming from your library website.
4.  Thousands of eBooks offer DRM-free samples (about 10% of the book) and patrons can then preview or place a hold on that title.  This helps with unwanted checkouts.
5.  Site enhancements from top to bottom.  Quicker to navigate, better presentation of content.
6.  Enhanced Quick Search .  Will correct spelling to improve search result relevancy.
7.  “Remember me on this device” option on mobile devices.  Desktop versions will be coming soon.
8.  New Help Resources – all new articles with step by step instructions, ability to share via social networks or email.
9.  Update on accessibility – Adobe Digital Editions 1.8 out in Beta – supports voice reading software and well as high contrast option.
10.  WIN Catalog – features all front, mid and backlist.  All listed with samples and supports patron driven acquisition.  If you decide to purchase a suggestion, they will then get an email and get first on the list.

What is available now?  
Remember Me feature
Enhanced Quick Search at a small number of libraries.
Disney Max Access

Coming Soon:
“Read on Kindle” support
Format consolidation – now one record with two formats, rather than two separate units listed.
Streamlined browsing
Patron driven acquisition.


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