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OverDrive & mobile technology

  1. 1. OverDrive & Mobile Technology with the Michigan Digital Libraries Consortium Kathy Petlewski ~ mkp@plymouthlibrary.org Electronic Resources Librarian Plymouth District Library Presentation available at: http:// slideshare.net/kpetlewski
  2. 2. Brief History of the Consortium <ul><li>Summer 2004 – Nine public libraries gathered to form a consortium to purchase OverDrive eBooks & audio eBooks. </li></ul><ul><li>Each put in $1000 for an initial group purchase. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Brief History of the Consortium <ul><li>Summer 2004 ~ Nine public libraries gathered to form a consortium to purchase OverDrive eBooks & audio eBooks. </li></ul><ul><li>Each put in $1000 for an initial group purchase. </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2010 ~ 25 public libraries are consortium members whose patrons access: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eBooks (Adobe PDF, EPUB & MobiPocket formats) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio eBooks (WMA & MP3 formats) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eVideos </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Reading in a Mobile Environment <ul><li>eBooks – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe PDF for laptop computers or portable devices such as PDA’s. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MobiPocket Reader for tablet pc’s, laptops, and PDA’s. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe EPUB – available for all of the above PLUS Sony Readers, Nook (Will NOT work on Kindles or the iPad.) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Listening in a Mobile Environment <ul><li>Audio eBooks – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WMA (Windows Media Audio) Audiobooks for compatible MP3 players & smart phones. Many titles will also work on iPods, iPhones & iPads. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some may be burned to CDs. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Single copy books as well as “always available” titles. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>May be checked out for either 7 or 14 days. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Listening in a Mobile Environment <ul><li>Audio eBooks – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MP3 Audiobooks for MP3 players including iPods, smart phones including iPhone, Blackberry & Droid as well as the iPad. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Single copy books only. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile apps for iPhone, Blackberry, Droid, & Windows Mobile 5 or 6 available so no computer transfer is needed. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Viewing in a Mobile Environment <ul><li>eVideos – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Always available. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May be downloaded to a pc, tablet pc, laptop, or WMV compatible portable device. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After three different subscriptions to e-video collections through OverDrive, the consortium will be ending this format soon. (Netflixs and Amazon do it better!) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How Does It Work? <ul><li>Users download free software at web site. </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons use their library cards to check out or reserve materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum of 10 titles may be checked out at any 1 time. </li></ul><ul><li>eVideos go out for 7 days. All others are 14 or 7 day loan. </li></ul><ul><li>Automatically “returned” after due date. Delete file manually. </li></ul>
  9. 9. OverDrive Media Console
  10. 10. After Downloading, file must be transferred to mobile device.
  11. 11. Fast Stats <ul><li>As of May, 2010: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6911 Titles purchased for collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe PDF – 1736; Mobipocket: 363; Adobe EPUB – 562; WMA audiobooks: 3737; 407 MP3 audiobooks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50 titles of “always available” WMA audiobooks (subscription) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>106 “always available” eVideos (subscription) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. From Bleeding Edge to Mainstream ! <ul><li>Plymouth District Library Downloads: </li></ul><ul><li>2004: 22 </li></ul><ul><li>2005: 416 </li></ul><ul><li>2006: 779 </li></ul><ul><li>2007: 1264 </li></ul><ul><li>2008: 1888 </li></ul><ul><li>2009: 3631 </li></ul><ul><li>1-5/2010: 2399 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Challenges of the Mobile Environment <ul><li>Variety of formats confusing to staff & patrons. </li></ul><ul><li>Collection development in multi-formats </li></ul><ul><li>Troubleshooting patron problems </li></ul><ul><li>Downloading time – bandwidth problems </li></ul>
  14. 14. Advantages of Mobile Environment <ul><li>Download audio e-books directly from a smart phone. </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to “check out” books from any location. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple books fit on e-readers to save space. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff learns new technologies </li></ul>
  15. 15. MLC Digital Libraries’ Site <ul><li>Digital Catalog & Download Center </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Twilight </li></ul><ul><li>Our Statistics Page: ContentReserve </li></ul>
  16. 16. Other Participating Michigan Consortiums <ul><li>Download Destination – TLN Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Lakeland Library Cooperative Download Center </li></ul><ul><li>Media Download Center – Suburban Library Cooperative </li></ul><ul><li>Metronet Online Lending Library </li></ul><ul><li>Great Lakes Digital Libraries (includes Superiorland Library Cooperative & 14 other public/school libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Woodlands Downloadable Library </li></ul>