Overdrive Update

New features have been added to Wisconsin’s Digital Library!  Overdrive has made it easier than ever to download ebooks.

An upgrade to the Wisconsin Digital Library's Overdrive site makes access to downloadable ebooks and audiobooks even easier to use on your computer, phone, tablet or iPod.

Sign in with your library card to view over 30,000 titles in ebook and audiobook format.  The Read feature allows you to read directly in your browser, or you can download your title to be viewed or listened to offline on an ereader or tablet, mp3 player or computer.

You can see whether a title is an ebook or audiobook as well as whether it is available for checkout by the symbol in the upper right. The book symbol means ebook, and headphones show that it is an audiobook.  If the symbol is light gray the title is checked out but you can place a hold.  If the symbol is dark, the item is available to check out now.  If you can’t see part of the title, hover over the book cover to see title and author.

Each person is allowed to check out 10 titles at a time, and may place 10 on hold at a time.  If you are interested in a book but don’t want to check it out yet, you can click the ribbon extending from the bottom of the book cover to add the title to your wish list.  The ribbon turns red to show it is on your Wish List.  To remove a title, simply click on the ribbon again.

Both keyword search and an advanced search option are available to find a book you like.  Both can be filtered to find exactly what you need.  “Library collection” means you are viewing all titles in the Wisconsin’s Digital Library collection.  “Available Now” are those titles currently available for checkout.  “Additional titles” shows all titles which have the potential to be added to the collection.  Many of these titles are already owned, so you may want to use it only to search for titles you desire, rather than trying to browse.

To learn more about the new features, check out the video “Discover the Next Generation experience” at the top of the Wisconsin’s Digital Library page.

Enjoy the new, easier to use Wisconsin's Digital Library!  And be sure to give the library's emagazines, available through Zinio, a try, too.

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