Monday, September 12, 2011

A New Advantage for Our eBook Lovers

Are you borrowing eBooks from New Hampshire Downloadable Books? Are you frustrated when you find yourself at the bottom of the hold queue for popular titles? Then we have good news for you. The Merrimack Public Library now has Overdrive Advantage, a program that let's us add copies of popular titles to the collection for the sole use of our own patrons. That means that those copies cannot be borrowed by any other library's patrons, and it should reduce your wait time considerably.

In order to see which titles we offer through Overdrive Advantage, you will need to log in to your account before you search or browse for titles. The system needs to know that you are a Merrimack patron before you can see which OA titles we have, currently just 25 popular titles, but with more coming on a periodic basis. Here's what to do:

  • Click on the My Account Tab

  • Choose Town or Library Name

  • Choose Merrimack or Merrimack Public Library

  • Enter your card's barcode and click on Sign In

  • Search or browse for eBooks

If you see this symbol under the availability buttons, it indicates that Merrimack Library patrons have an exclusive copy of the title. At this time, we are unable to display a list of just OA titles, but since we're buying popular titles, you can select one of the lists shown in the left sidebar, then sort the results by the Most Popular tab. This should produce OA titles in that genre.

And, yes, it's still true that Kindle compatibility with New Hampshire Downloadable Books is coming, and, yes, it's still true that we don't have a start date or instructions for how this will work. Rest assured that we are on top of it, and we will get the word out when we have more to talk about. We will also set up some training sessions for folks with Kindles and those who have other eReaders, as well.

In the meantime, if you are considering purchasing an eReader and have questions about New Hampshire Downloadable Books, stop by the Reference Desk and we'll be glad to talk to you.

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