Overdrive is the company primarily responsible for powering 90% of all US libraries audiobook and e-book collection. They have just released a new website and it has dozens of innovative features including enhanced security to attract new users to the library. The ease-of-use simplifies the borrowing process and enhances discoverability so readers don’t leave empty-handed.
Here is the full list of new changes to the website for patrons and collection managers
Fast, Streamlined User Experience.
- With the new simplified interface, readers are always one click away from discovering more titles and managing their checkouts.
- Auto-complete search functionality. Users can begin to type an author’s name or book, and search results display a list of titles, series or authors.
- New browse, search and sort by subject and dates titles were added to the library.
- See new pre-released or “coming soon” titles and place a hold immediately.
- Clear and visible title availability, so readers always know what titles can be checked out.
- When placing a hold, users will see recommendations of titles available now to borrow.
- If a library doesn’t have a specific eBook or audiobook in their digital collection, users can recommend that their library purchase the title for patron driven acquisition.
- All readers need is a library card to get started reading.
- The entire reader experience uses HTTPS to protect a library users’ security and privacy.
Enhanced Tools for Librarians to Connect with Readers.
- Create custom collections of interest on the library’s homepage and feature titles to their community such as popular book club reads, a local author spotlight, book-to-movie tie-ins and more.
- Curate content for language or subject specific “rooms” (areas with specially curated collections). For example, to reach new areas of their community, librarians could create a language room with eBooks and audiobooks available in Spanish.
- Kids and/or Teens’ eReading Rooms offer a youthful design and safe environment for young readers.
- Individual collections and search results are shareable through a persistent direct link to that content.
- Stronger support for library consortiums and shared collections. Each library can create a browsing experience specifically designed for their community or leverage the curated collections of the consortium’s.
- Non-English readers. To reach readers who prefer to browse and read in their community language, a multilingual interface in 15 languages.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.