OverDrive Next Generation Catalog & Recommend to Library

Today, the OverDrive Next Generation Catalog launched on East Central Regional Library’s Digital Library website!
Now, borrowing eBooks from ECRL is even easier! You can even read books from within your web browser in a new format called OverDrive Read.  Want to learn details about the upgrade? Discover the Next Generation experience here

Along with this update, a new feature has been added which makes suggesting titles for the Digital Library Collection much easier! 
You can now recommend eBook & eAudio titles to the library using a “Recommend to Library” feature. To use this feature, first login to your account and perform a search for the title in the Digital Library.  If the title you are looking for is not listed in the Library Collection, change the dropdown menu under Show Me from My Library’s Collection to “Additional Titles to recommend.”

You will then see all available titles in the OverDrive collection that the library has not yet purchased. These titles will be indicated with a “Recommend” button as shown here:

Please note that the library can only purchase materials on this list of additional titles.Titles not on this list are most likely absent because of publisher restrictions (See “Why Can’t I Get this eBook from ECRL?”). After clicking the “Recommend” button, you will see a popup window that looks like this:

You can choose to be notified by email if the library decides to purchase your title and also be placed on the waitlist if and when the title is purchased. Click “Recommend this Title” to finish the process. Please keep in mind that recommendations are not a guarantee that the library will purchase the title and are subject to factors such as available funds.

Sarah Biro, Branch Librarian, Chisago Lakes Area Library

OverDrive eBook & eAudio updates!

Update #1: OverDrive Media Console app for NOOK

Finally!  The OverDrive Media Console app is finally available for NOOK Color, Tablet, and the new NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ models.


The app is available through the NOOK Store under apps.   Once the app is downloaded, patrons can download eBooks and eAudiobooks directly to their NOOK over a wireless connection, similar to using the app on an Android phone or tablet, rather than downloading to their computer via Adobe Digital Editions and then transferring to their device.

Updated Help articles have been posted to the ECRL Digital Library website.  The version of OverDrive Media Console available in the NOOK Store is for Android.  Any instructions related to Overdrive Media Console for Android will apply to the NOOK app.   While the app is free, users will need a valid NOOK account in order to download the app.

***Important: The app is not available for NOOK 1st Edition or the NOOK Simple Touch – those users still need to download books to a computer via Adobe Digital Editions and transfer the book to their device. See Update #2 below. ***

Update #2: Adobe Digital Editions 2.0

Adobe has officially released Digital Editions 2.0. It’s a new version of the software patrons use to read eBooks on their computers and transfer eBooks to eReaders like the NOOK Simple Touch, NOOK 1stEdition, and many more.  Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 comes with a bunch of improvements and changes.


Each eBook is now represented by a simple tile. There are no more hover-over context menus. Instead, Digital Editions uses the standard right-click (or control-click for Mac) menu for individual eBook options.




Activating compatible eReaders has also become much easier. You just plug in the eReader you want to activate, and then drag the book you want to read over to the device. That’s it. The Adobe ID is automatically registered, and the book is transferred all in one step.
Another bonus, Digital Editions 2.0 works with screen readers for low-vision and visually impaired users.


The Digital Editions 1.0 will still work for patrons that already have it.  New users will be downloading the Digital Editions 2.0.
Update #3: OverDrive Media Console app is now available to Kindle Fire users in the Amazon App Store for Android.
If you have any questions, check out the updated Help articles posted to the ECRL Digital Library Website.  If you can’t find an answer there, contact any ECRL branch or Ask a Librarian.


Sarah Biro, Branch Librarian, Chisago Lakes Area Library

Why can’t I get this eAudio from ECRL?


As mentioned in a previous blog post (Why can’t I get this eBook from ECRL?), unlike a regular consumer, a library cannot pay Amazon or Barnes & Noble for an eBook and then lend it out to our patrons. We can buy a printed book from these companies, put it on the shelf, and lend it out–but digital content is different. Instead, publishers sell their content to OverDrive, our eBook vendor, who then allows libraries to license titles from them to lend out. 


In June, East Central Regional Library launched its eAudio collection with Overdrive.  The story is the same with eAudio.  The following popular eAudio publishers and their subsidiaries currently refuse to sell or license eAudio to libraries through Overdrive:


·         Brilliance Audio        
·         Recorded Books      


We desperately want to offer you eAudio from these publishers, but the companies won’t let us.  As your library, we commit to continuing advocacy for change in these policies.


ECRL has now offered eAudio for two months, and we are just starting to build the collection. The following publishers currently sell and/or license eBooks and audiobooks to libraries:


  • AudioGo
  • Blackstone Audio
  • Books on Tape
  • Hachette Book Group
  • HarperCollins
  •  Listening Library
  • Penguin Group
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Tantor Media
  • Many smaller publishers


We appreciate their commitment to digital content for libraries.


A final reminder: If you would like to request that ECRL purchase a specific eAudio or eBook title, you may make suggestions via Recommend to Library in OverDrive.   All suggested items will not be purchased, since suggestions will be considered with regard to collection development plans and budget available.


Sarah Biro, Branch Librarian, Chisago Lakes Area Library