Monday, February 11, 2013
Overdrive Update?! ... Yes Please!
Psss... When I say Overdrive, I'm referring to an online media catalog that I can utilize through my local public library for free. I check out both ebooks and audiobooks through this AWESOME resource.
These are the things, I've already discovered that I love.
1. There are Filters. This is awesome! Essentially, you can now filter books by genre, media type, publisher, and grade level. Yes. Grade level. And yes, at times I care about the grade level of a particular books. I really really cared when I was teaching. Now, I only care sometimes. I think there are more filters but those are the only ones I care about right now.
2. There's a one step check out. When you click the button to borrow it results in you actually borrowing the book. I don't know how many times I thought I checked out a book in the past only to find that I only put it in my cart and didn't follow all the steps. This was especially sucky when I had been on a long waitlist for the book and I'd let my hold expire.
3. Visual status check. I love that you can tell whether or not a book is checked out by the little visual symbol at the top of the graphic. It was annoying to get excited about book after book only to click and find that it's checked out. Now, I can check the status before getting excited. I no longer will be clicking my way to disappointment.
Bonus: The titles are even in alphabetical order. Crazy right? Overdrive was really annoying before these changes.
They even have a handy dandy video about the changes, which I've included. I watched the whole thing (I'm that kind of nerd) so I thought some of you might find it exciting as well.
So I have to ask again. Do you have overdrive? Did this change happen for everyone? I don't think my library allows me to request books that they should order but I'll have to look closer for that. I would LOVE that feature.