Redesigned Ebook Platform Coming this Friday

By Jamie W. RSS Thu, January 10, 2013

If you’ve been waiting for the process of checking out library ebooks to become simpler, Overdrive, the company that maintains the Free Library’s primary ebook collection, promises that their Next Generation platform will change the game.   

Overdrive’s Next Generation website is designed to be easier for new and returning users to search, browse, and check out ebooks and audiobooks. No more device authentication. No more confusion about formats. In fact, with the option to read ebooks in your web browser via OverDrive Read, many people won’t need to download any software at all. All you need is your library card and a device with a modern web browser (most computers, laptops, and tablets).

OverDrive will roll out the Next Generation website for the Free Library on January 11, 2013.

In addition to One-Step Checkout and OverDrive Read, the completely reimagined library websites incorporate other improved features like:

  • Responsive design to provide consistent user experience across all devices.
  • Simplification of all features to reduce the number of clicks.
  • Each ebook or audiobook title will now bear a simple icon showing format and availability.
  • A one-click  icon will add titles to your Wish List.
  • An improved search with filtering options

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Two questions - - was there a delay on release of new overdrive? At apple store there does not seem to be an update for the App. Or did I misunderstand how to access this. - I tried to download a book on hold that became available. I've checked it out as of Jan 21, but the message on the bookshelf screen says download of this title has been disabled. I seem to be stuck - can't download, can't return (not that I want to), can't do anything with it. Suggestions? Thanks!
Michele - Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 23, 2013