East Central Regional Library is on a mission: Get more people to try digital reading!
While we have offered eBooks and eAudiobooks to the community for 6 years, we know that many people are still surprised to learn their library card gives them access to over 11,000 free digital titles.
Throughout the rest of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest. If we hit 90,524 digital checkouts by the end of the year, we will be eligible to win additional funds to buy more eBooks and eAudiobooks for our OverDrive collection.
eAudiobooks are especially rising in popularity. East Central Regional Library’s eAudiobook usage is seeing a 45% increase over last year. We want even more people to know that we have eAudiobooks and eBooks available to borrow at no cost for anyone with an East Central Regional Library card.
Current popular titles include ECRL Reads selection Ice-Out by Mary Casanova, Escape Clause by John Sandford, and Night School by Lee Child. Users can borrow bestsellers and classic eBooks and eAudiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, Kindles and other eReaders, MP3 players, and computers. East Central Regional Library also offers dedicated spaces for younger readers, with a variety of children and teen titles. There are never late fees with digital titles, as they return automatically at the end of the lending period.
Access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting https://ecrl.overdrive.com or by downloading the Libby app from your device’s app store.
At East Central Regional Library, we love eBooks every day, but today we’re showing our love just a little bit more. September 18th is Read an eBook Day, a celebration of modern storytelling. Be a part of the celebration by checking out your favorite eBook from ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library.
eBooks enable you to take the stories and authors you love with you anytime, anywhere. If you have a smartphone, tablet or computer you can be connected to a world of literature whether you’re sitting on your couch, on an airplane 30,000 feet in the air and anywhere in between. They save you space in your suitcases, can’t be lost or damaged and can be accessed at the click of a button. If you’ve never tried reading an eBook before, today is the perfect time to try one out! Borrow one of your favorite books or something completely new and discover the joys of digital reading.
Here’s some ideas for how join us in celebrating!
- Check out Ice-Out by Mary Casanova to join ECRL Reads. No waitlists or holds.
- Join the conversation by sharing why you love eBooks with the hashtag #eBookLove on social media for a chance to win a Kobo Aura ONE from OverDrive.
- Listen to author interviews from the Professional Book Nerds podcast.
- Get ideas on what to read next from OverDrive.
- Share what you’re reading and see what other eBook readers from across the world are reading.
Overdrive, East Central Regional Library’s primary provider of eBooks and eAudiobooks, has a new app called Libby!
Meet Libby, a new app built with for readers to discover and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from your library. Inspired by user and library feedback, Libby was designed to get people reading as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response from librarians and users during the public beta, OverDrive’s excited to officially introduce Libby to you! Whether you’re a new user or a current OverDrive app user interested in a new reading experience, give Libby a try!
- Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space.
- All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf.
- Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab.
Note: If you’re a current user of the OverDrive app and love using it, please keep doing so. The OverDrive app offers some features Libby doesn’t yet offer, including Recommend to Library.