Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Overdrive Digital Library

The Lower School and Upper School are piloting Overdrive Digital Library. I purchased 100 eBooks and audiobooks while the Upper School bought 50.  I introduced it to parents last week and 96 books have been checked out in 6 days. I'd say they like it! I put together videos on how to use it. Overdrive has a help file but it is a little confusing to use with all the options.

What is wonderful about Overdrive is that the check in and check out is automatic. Also, people can put books on hold any time and any place. There is no worry about books getting lost or damaged. Some drawbacks to Overdrive are that it doesn't work on the Kindle, there are limited book selections internationally, and the audiobooks have mostly wma versus mp3 files. The mp3 files work with the Overdrive app and are easier to use than the wma files.

I am connected to three Overdrive libraries which allows for quite a variety of choices in books. I use the Taipei Public Library in Taiwan, the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota, and our school's.


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