Downloadable eBook Improvements from Overdrive

OverdriveOverdrive, our vendor for downloadable eBooks and audiobooks has made some improvements to their site that should make your searching easier, and improve how you manage your account.

• Suspend a Hold
This feature will allow you to temporarily suspend a hold in the waiting list. Your position will continue to advance in the queue while your hold is suspended, but the hold will not be filled. After the suspension ends, the title will continue to advance until the hold becomes available. If you advance to the first position in the waiting list while the hold is suspended, the system will skip ahead to fill the next available hold.Overdrive 1

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• Hold Auto-Checkout
At the time you place a hold, the option to ‘auto-checkout’ the title when it becomes available can be set. If you elect this option, you will receive a notification when your title is available confirming that it has been checked out and can be found on your account bookshelf. If you do not select this option, you will proceed through the current hold notification process.Overdrive 4

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If you select this option but are unable to borrow the title at the time it becomes available (because you have already reached your maximum checkout limit, for example) you will be sent the current hold notification email and will have the full hold pickup period to make your checkout.

• Maturity Settings
Two options will be added to the Account Settings page that will allow you to customize your browsing and discovery experience based on content maturity level:

1. The ability to exclude certain content based on the maturity level (Juvenile, Young Adult, General, Adult). This will allow adult users to exclude titles for younger readers and young readers to exclude adult-only titles from their experience.Overdrive 6

2. The option to “mask” all adult cover images with a basic cover image. This option will be set to “No” by default. Overdrive 7

Example of basic cover:Overdrive 8

• “Recommended for you” collection
After you sign in, a collection of recommended titles will appear on the homepage. Recommended titles will be available for checkout and are suggested based on titles you currently have checked out or on hold. If you do not have any checkouts or holds, this collection will not appear.

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• “And” Boolean Searching
Based on partner feedback to improve search results, default search behavior will change from “OR” to “AND.” Following this change, the number of results returned for a search will likely be lower than with the current behavior, but this change will meaningfully improve the relevancy of the results.  For example, if you previously searched for “The Maze Runner,” you would get “The Maze Runner” but you would also get “The Kite Runner,” “The Ghost Runner,” and “The Maze of Bones.”  The “OR” Boolean operator tells the system to look for the word “Maze” OR “Runner.”  The “OR” Boolean operator does not specifically tell the system that you want both words.  The “OR” Boolean operator is telling the system you want either-or.  By switching to “AND,” both words have to be in the record.  If that information just blew your mind, do not worry.  Keep searching for titles or authors the same way you did before.  We’ll take care of making your search results more relevant to you.

Jeannie Kays, Library Director

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