Big Library Read

East Central Regional Library is participating in the Big Library Read and you are invited to join us!
You’ve heard of community wide reading programs.  How about a worldwide reading program?  Join millions of eBook readers around the world participating in the first ever Big Library Read of an eBook.
Big Library Read is a pilot program sponsored by OverDrive (ECRL’s eBook vendor) and Sourcebooks (the leading independent publisher) as an opportunity to unite readers and loyal library supporters all over the world in reading a single eBook at the same time: The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone. 
The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone’s novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families.  Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers: Is love a choice or a calling? Why do the ties of family bind so tightly? And is forgiveness a gift to others…or a gift we give ourselves? (Adult Fiction)
The especially unique aspect about the Big Library Read is that, for the duration of the program, May 15-June 1, 2013, the eBook will not follow the traditional one copy/one user model but will simultaneously be available to all ECRL eBook users to borrow via our Digital Library.  The eBook will be available in the following formats: OverDrive Read, Kindle, Adobe EPUB, and Adobe PDF, thus also guaranteeing it will be accessible for every eBook user on all major devices.
In addition to creating a global “library book club,” Big Library Read is designed to demonstrate the positive exposure and sales influence library eBook catalogs provide to authors and publishers.   So join us in reading the eBook The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone via our Digital Library from May 15-June 1, 2013.
Sarah Biro, Branch Librarian, Chisago Lakes Area Library

Hachette Book Group eBooks

Beginning today, May 8, 2013, Hachette Book Group joined the list of leading publishers allowing library lending of eBooks via OverDrive.  This means making its entire catalog of more than 5,000 eBooks available to libraries, such as East Central Regional Library, to license for our Digital Library.  
Hachette eBooks will follow the one-copy/one-user lending model, and there will be no checkout or term limits for the titles on the OverDrive platform. Hachette eBooks will also be available the same day as when the book is released in print.  New titles will, however, be priced at 300% markup from the same item in print format.
Some of ECRL’s most popular authors are published by Hachette Book Group.  They include:
·         David Baldacci
·         Sandra Brown
·         Carol Higgins Clark
·         Michael Connelly
·         Nelson DeMille
·         Dorothy Garlock
·         Karen Kingsbury
·         James Patterson
·         Nicholas Sparks
Watch for some of these popular titles to hit East Central Regional Library’s Digital Library soon!  

Sarah Biro, Branch Librarian, Chisago Lakes Area Library

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