Presentation on theme: "The Ins and Outs of E-Books Andrea Adkins, Washington County Public Library - Marietta Lea Carrigan, Fairfield County District Library Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg."— Presentation transcript:
The Ins and Outs of E-Books Andrea Adkins, Washington County Public Library - Marietta Lea Carrigan, Fairfield County District Library Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library OLC Chapter Conferences 2012
E-Books: A Moving Target What’s Changing? Lending models and vendors Publishers' decisions of what to lend and not to lend How to download from our main vendor (OverDrive) New devices every day Society's conception of a "book" - Self-published authors Licensing
What You’ll Learn Today Current basics of downloading from OverDrive Basic troubleshooting An overview of collection development and licensing Tips for training yourself and your staff How to keep up and where to find help
Downloading from OverDrive Start at your library’s OverDrive site
The Checkout Process The same for all OverDrive sites Choose a book – EPUB for most e-readers; Kindle for Kindle readers; also other formats (music, audiobooks) Add to select list Enter card number Holds may be placed for checked-out items
Downloading to Devices Different for each device iPad, Tablets and Smartphones: Download via the OverDrive Media Console app – from iTunes Store or Android Market (works with audio too) Nooks and other e-readers: Download Adobe Digital Editions, transfer book to ADE, transfer from ADE to device (longest, most complicated process) Kindles: Download wirelessly through Amazon or via USB Audiobooks and Music: Transfer to MP3 player via OverDrive Media Console
Basic Troubleshooting Visit OverDrive’s Help page Google Talk to co-workers/library contacts for OverDrive Call OverDrive
Collection Development Process depends on the vendor OverDrive: Usually in a consortium environment (but not always); individual libraries in consortia may purchase through OverDrive Advantage Titles are added almost immediately Tools are available to choose titles such as holds reports, prepub announcements, and sale announcements Titles purchased become available in both Kindle and EPUB format; audio must be purchased separately Self-published and indie titles not always available
Licensing/Sales to Libraries Currently, e-books are licensed through DRM (digital rights management); EPUB are through Adobe and Kindle through Amazon Random House is the only publisher that allows unrestricted sales to libraries Hachette offers backlist titles only HarperCollins allows up to 26 checkouts before item has to be purchased again Simon and Schuster, Macmillan do not sell e-books at all Penguin does not sell to OverDrive Audiobooks have different licensing
Circulating E-Readers? Some libraries are now circulating e-readers Many considerations: cataloging, loan periods and renewals, how and what to purchase, how to maintain devices, workflow Allows libraries to purchase items in electronic format that may not be available through OverDrive WebJunction webinar archive available on resource sheet
Training Tips Take advantage of continuing education – free and low- cost webinars as well as in-person training Contact OverDrive for free training sessions – they are located in Ohio and will visit many Ohio locations; training is also online through OverDrive Create a troubleshooting plan for your library (samples are available) Network with other librarians; share training tools and handouts Talk with your staff: What problems are you experiencing on a regular basis? How can you share solutions?
How to Keep Up Follow blogs and websites for updates (see resource handout) Check out Library Journal’s online, yearly E-Book Summit in October Regularly visit and note changes to your library’s OverDrive site Subscribe to online newsletters like Publisher’s Weekly, Shelf Awareness and ContentWire
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