You have Devices. We have eBooks.

banner devicesLVCCLD has been selected to participate in the March Circulation Record contest that our eBook vendor OverDrive is holding starting today through March 31st.  This is an exclusive test promotion for a small group of OverDrive VIP partners.

If LVCCLD sets a daily circulation record on any day between March 26th and March 31st, we will be entered into an drawing with a chance to win one of two fantastic prizes.  In order to participate in the raffle, we are competing to beat our own library’s daily circulation!

What we need for you to do is checkout eBooks, eAudios, eMusic or eVideos starting today through March 31 from our eMedia Catalog. So get your Library card out and find something good to read!

Enter OverDrive’s Library eBook Tournament

library tournamentMarch Madness is upon us, and regardless of whether you follow the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship,
here’s your chance to experience the thrill of bracketology. This month, we’re hosting the first-ever OverDrive Library eBook Tournament.

Like the Final Four, the eBook tourney will follow a
single-elimination model, starting with a large, regional field of competitors and culminating in a championship match-up. In this case, the competitors are library eBooks and audiobooks. We’ve selected the entrants based on the most popular eBooks and audiobooks by region, based on OverDrive digital library statistics.  Now it’s up to you to decide which titles advance to the next round! Simply vote for your favorite regional title using our Survey Monkey page. After each week-long round, we’ll tally the votes to determine which titles advance to the next round.

Here’s the best part: we’ll award a Google Nexus 7 tablet to the library that fields the most participants!

Enter Round 1 of the OverDrive Library eBook Tournament to help determine which books advance to Round 2!

How to Download eBooks 101 – Revised

ilovetoread_posterWith our new eMedia Catalog, the procedure for checking eBooks and eAudio Books out has changed along with adding new features, so we have updated our eBook Downloading 101 – 2013 workbook. These directions are for all devices with the exception of iOS devices. iPad, iPhone, iPod users need to continue to use the eBook Downloading for iOS Devices.

In addition, this week we will have a new log in method. You will no longer need to select the Library District. You will just enter your Library Card number and  zip code. We hope this makes it easier to access your eMedia Account especially on mobile devices.

K-12 Students Excel with School eBooks

kids favorites2In a recent post by OverDrive they talk about a recent eBook study done in Australia. The study engaged Australian students with eBooks conducted by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities and OverDrive reseller Softlink.

Here are the key findings:

  • 41% of student respondents indicated they were reading more than usual by the end of the project
  • 47% of teacher respondents indicated students were enjoying reading more, with 21% believing reading skills were improved
  • 100% of parents/carers expressed desire for ongoing access to eBooks
  • Teachers and teacher librarians saw the greatest benefit was in reading comprehension
  • Students believed using eBooks improved their writing and creativity, and reading independently
  • The benefits of using eBooks are more far reaching than developing confidence using technology
  • The most common devices used for accessing eBooks were school computers, iPads, iPods and home computers.
  • The opportunity to access a range of eBooks enriched the collection of resources available to students and teachers.
  • Reading and writing enjoyment and skills development was evidenced by quality student work samples and feedback resulting from the planned learning activities.

To read more about the study see the original article.

To see our collection of eBooks for doing homework or for reading pleasure visit these sites:

OverDrive Media Console and Windows 8

The first thing you need to know is that Windows 8 comes in two basic
flavors. There’s Windows 8, which can run legacy desktop apps, and
Windows RT, which cannot.

Why is this important? If you’re
running Windows 8, then you can install OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Windows 8 as well as the classic desktop version of OMC.

OMC for Windows 8 utilizes Microsoft’s new Modern UI (User Interface). With it, you get live tiles and refreshed graphics for EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks. In this “app” you can read the books or listen to them directly on the computer. OMC for Windows 8
does not, however, support WMV or WMA titles. This version can be used
with both Windows 8 and Windows RT.

If you want WMV (video) or WMA (audiobooks and music) support on your Windows 8 machine, then you will need to use the classic desktop version of OMC. This version can only be used with Windows 8 because it requires ‘Desktop mode.’

Screenshot showing the classic desktop version of OMC.

You can even install both versions of OMC if you’re using Windows 8 (not RT). That way you can read eBooks and enjoy the refreshed user interface on the Windows 8 version, while using the classic version to listen to or watch WMA or WMV files.

Is OMC Windows 8 for me? 

If you just want to read or listen to books on your Windows 8 computer only, then we recommend you use the OMC Window 8 “app”.

If you have a Windows 8 computer but read eBooks on an eReader, then you need to continue to use Adobe Digital Editions for eBooks if you have to connect your eReader to the computer to transfer them. For eAudio Books that you transfer to an iPod, iTouch or MP3 then you need the “classic” OMC.

If you want to install OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8, I recommend you download and read OverDrive Media Console and Windows 8. If you have any questions please contact us at or Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5pm call 702.507.6300.