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February 13, 2014

Jacksonville Public Library offers eBooks through OverDrive

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Public Library has partnered with the Northeast Texas Digital Consortium to expand its services, offering access to downloadable eBooks through OverDrive. This service, which also includes eAudiobooks, is offered in addition to the library’s current downloadable eAudio service through OneClickDigital.

“We will continue to offer OneClickDigital through this fall,” said Library Director Barbara Crossman. “Based on patron feedback, we’ll make a decision then as to whether or not we continue to offer both programs.”

Users may browse the library’s website, borrow titles with a valid library card, and enjoy downloadable content on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® devices. eBooks can be read immediately on any device with an internet browser and all titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees.

“Patrons will log on to OverDrive with their library card number and PIN, the same way you access your account through our online catalog or request Interlibrary Loans,” said Technical Services Supervisor David Emprimo. “Once logged in, you can read eBooks directly in your Web browser, download and transfer them to your eReader, or there is an OverDrive app available for both Android and iOS.”

“We are pleased to be able to offer this service at last,” said Crossman. “Our patrons have been asking about downloadable eBooks for a few years now. After looking at all of the choices, we feel that OverDrive offers the widest selection of content and supports the most devices.

To promote the service, there will be a drawing held on March 17th for both an Amazon Kindle® and a Nook® Simple Touch. “Patrons can earn up to four chances by attending and purchasing items during the Friends of the Library Book Sale from March 13th-16th,” explained Emprimo. “You can earn one chance each day with any purchase.”

“We will be giving away two devices. One is an Amazon Kindle®, the basic Kindle® Reader, not the Kindle® Fire. The second is the Nook® Simple Touch -- again, the basic reader, not the Nook® HD. The first winner chosen will be able to choose between the Kindle® and the Nook® Simple Touch. We will then draw a second name to receive the remaining device.”

This new service is free for users with a library card in good standing. Users can find helpful tools and information, such as contacting support, by clicking the Help button on the digital collection at http://netldc.lib.overdrive.com.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We supply a secure lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® (U.S. only). OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry and is a member of the 2012 Technology Fast 500. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland. www.overdrive.com

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