New features on OverDrive!

Pulp-less Fiction: Digital Downloads

This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray.  The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today.   -Beth


Cover, Grid or List—these are new ways to browse for titles. 

 

For a quick look at the collection, try the cover view.  You will see more books at once.

Cover view of Overdrive

 

The Grid view shows more information about each title, including full title and author name as well as the name of the series, if appropriate.

Grid view

 

The List view shows fewer books but also more information about the book.  You can see the full description by clicking on the book cover.

List view

Another way to narrow your search is to choose a collection.

 Collection choices

“My library’s collection” means everything currently in the Wisconsin Digital Library collection for use, whether you need to put a hold on it or it is available for checkout right now.

 “Only titles with copies available” will take away the titles which are all checked out, and you will see just items which can currently be checked out.

 “Additional titles to recommend” searches through all titles which OverDrive currently has access to, whether already added or not.  This is similar to a request for purchase, where you suggest that the library buy a title to be added to the collection.

 

Your search may also be narrowed by

  • Ebook vs. audio book
  • Format (Epub, Kindle, OverDrive Read, etc)
  • Subject
  • Publisher
  • Language
  • Grade Level
  • * rating which other readers have given to the title

  • ·         Device that may be used to read or listen to the book (brand of ereader, audio device, tablet, etc.)

     

    There is a new “basic” version of OverDrive Read that allows you to use OverDrive Read in Internet Explorer without installing a plugin.  If you are already using Internet Explorer with the Google Chrome Frame Plugin or using a different browser you will see no difference. However, Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, and 9 will give you the option to use the basic version instead.

    The basic version of OverDrive Read supports many of the features of OverDrive Read. However, because some of the features of OverDrive Read depend on the advanced features of HTML5 and CSS3 (which are not available in older browsers without the Google Chrome Frame Plugin), the basic version will provide you with a different experience. The most notable of these are the absence of pagination and customized font sizes.

Enjoy these new features which make it easier to find titles to your taste.

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