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Libby is up and running!


Just a reminder that OverDrive’s new e-reading app, Libby, is available for download in all app stores! We recommend that you give Libby a try — we’ve found it to be really easy to use.

If you have any questions about Libby or OverDrive, you can contact us at the Multimedia desk by either phone or email.

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Meet Libby – A New App for eBooks and Audiobooks


We are excited to announce that OverDrive has released a new and improved app for ebook and audiobook lending called Libby. Libby simplifies the setup and lending process for ebooks and audiobooks, and was designed based on user and library feedback. Libby is available now for download in all app stores.

If you prefer to use the OverDrive app, it will continue to be fully functioning for the foreseeable future. We recommend that you download Libby and give “her” a try, though! The staff here at CCL has found Libby to be extremely easy to set up and use. Let us know what you think!

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Status of eBooks/eAudiobooks and the Library

You may have seen the recent posts on this blog regarding Penguin and library eMaterials.  Here is a brief update: Penguin is no longer allowing libraries to purchase their eBooks or eAudiobooks.  Additionally, Penguin eBooks are no longer compatible with Kindle apps, and must be transferred via USB onto a Kindle device. UPDATE: Penguin is now allowing libraries to do 1 year leases on their eBooks and Kindle books no longer have to be transferred via USB.

Penguin is not the first or only publisher that does not allow its eBooks to be a part of library eBook collections.  Two other publishers of the big 6 do not allow it and have never allowed it.  They are Macmillan Publishing and Simon & Schuster.  UPDATE: Simon & Schuster is in an eBook pilot program with select libraries.  Macmillan has eBooks available to libraries that have an OverDrive plan that is not feasible for the Chester County Library System.  For the libraries that can purchase Macmillan titles, there is a two year or 52 checkout limit.

Additionally, HarperCollins only allows eBooks purchased by libraries to be checked out 26 times.  After 26 downloads the library has to buy an additional copy or the eBook will no longer be available.  Fortunately HarperCollins has the eBooks available for libraries to rent, but the model that they are using is costly for libraries.

Brilliance Audio (which is owned by Amazon) also announced recently that it would no longer sell eAudiobooks to libraries.  There is no effect on the titles we already own, but we will not be able to purchase new titles or additional copies.

There have been some improvements for library eMaterials in the past six months.  Kindle users were finally able to start using library eBooks this past fall!  Also, the updated OverDrive app has added, among other things, the capability of returning eAudiobooks early (the OverDrive Media Console software for the computer does not have this capability)UPDATE: The OverDrive Media Console software for computers can now return mp3 Audiobooks early.

If you would like the library to have eBooks or eAudiobooks of some of your favorite authors (J.D. Robb, Jennifer Weiner, Jeffrey Archer, Vince Flynn, Jodi Picoult, Jeannette Walls, and Johanna Lindsey to name a few) published by the following companies, please contact them and let them know.

Macmillan Publishing
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7521

Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 698-7000

Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000

Brilliance Audio
1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256


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One-on-One eMedia Tutoring

Want to learn how to get free library eBooks on your e-reader?  Then sign-up for a one-on-one tutoring session!
Each session is half an hour and the tutor will show you how to check-out and get an ebook onto your Nook, Kindle, iPad, or other compatible device. 

Registration is required.  Times are limited to tutor availability.  Call 610-280-2640 or stop by the Multimedia desk to register.

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Penguin Publishing and Overdrive eBooks UPDATE

We have found out that the Penguin Group decided that they are no longer selling their new eBook titles through OverDrive. They have also decided not to make their eBooks available for download to a Kindle from OverDrive or the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. This includes popular titles such as The Help, Miracle Cure and the Sookie Stackhouse series, to name a few. 

UPDATE: Penguin has reinstated Kindle availability for Overdrive eBook titles. 

UPDATE: New Penguin eBook releases are still not available.  Penguin is now selling eBooks to libraries for 1 year leases.

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