Overdrive & mobile technology


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Presentation given at MCLS program on May 20, 2010 in Lansing Michigan

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  • We are no longer purchasing items in the MobiPocket Reader format since they didn’t circulate nearly as well as the PDF format. Now, if we have a choice of purchasing a new book in EPUB format rather than PDF, we’ll go with the EPUB.
  • Digital Rights Management is an essential component of the WMA format. The License is downloaded to the computer along with the content.
  • This format doesn’t involve DRM licensing, so patrons are on the “Honor System” regarding proper use of the material. For this reason, major authors have been slow to allow their books to appear in this format. OverDrive must re-negotiate each license and this is a long and slow process.
  • Due to the holds ratio 1:5, we have a large number of duplicate copies of books, especially best sellers. We have recently changed to holds ratio so it’s now 1:6
  • Over 10,370 totaled since the beginning. Based on our current pace this year, we’ll probably circulate over 5,000 in 2010.
  • 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>Multitude 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 audiobooks 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>Download stations in Libraries with help available. </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><ul><li>Our Wiki </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>