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You Can Now Get Overdrive All Over Massachusetts

Great news! Overdrive, the library e-lending platform that brings books, magazines, and audiobooks to your mobile device, is now available throughout the state of Massachusetts. All libraries and their patrons now receive this fantastic service. Everything you’ve ever wanted out of an electronic book lending service is available now:

  • Fine-free automatic returns
  • Streaming audio capability
  • Compatibility with iOS, Android, and Kindle
  • Libby, an updated, user-friendly mobile app that makes using Overdrive a breeze

Better yet, the libraries of Massachusetts that already had Overdrive have merged their subscriptions. That means that the entire state enjoys the same pool of books and audiobooks. The only difference is that this pool is now huge. A patron with an MVLC library card can borrow books from the Boston Public Library’s digital collection. Someone with a library card from Provincetown can borrow a digital e-book owned by MVLC. All you have to do is choose your library consortium and log in.

Download the Libby app onto your Android or iOS device and try it for yourself! If you use a Kindle, download the Overdrive app or log onto Overdrive’s website through your computer’s Internet browser. Now is the time to enjoy a bigger, better range of e-books than ever before.

If you ever have trouble using Overdrive, the library is available to help. Just call us at (978)686-4080 or email a librarian to learn how to use this amazing service.

Here’s a complete list of the digital libraries to which Massachusetts residents now have free access:

Boston Public Library

CLAMS

CW MARS

Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

Minuteman Library Consortium

North of Boston Library Exchange

Old Colony Library Network

SAILS Library Network

 

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E-Magazine Palooza!

This  is your chance to bring all of your favorite magazines to the beach without getting them wet or sandy.  Right now, you can now access e-magazines through two different sources:  Overdrive/Libby and Flipster.

50 popular magazine titles, such as O: The Oprah Magazine, ESPN, and Newsweek, were recently added to Overdrive/Libby. Titles are available to download alongside the ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video already found in our OverDrive collection.  As a simultaneous use collection, these magazines can be downloaded and read right away.  There are no wait lists or holds and they do not count towards checkout limits.  Just like an ebook or eaudiobook, they can be taken out for up to 21 days. You can search by title or through the magazine collection category.  Try it and see if they have your favorite magazine!

And remember, if Overdrive doesn’t have the magazine you would like to peruse, try Flipster.   With Flipster you can view a variety of magazines through your device (including Apple and Android tablets, desktop computers, and smart phones).  Just download the app, log in with your Nevins library card and browse away!  The magazines are just as vibrant as if they were in print.  You can even download these onto your device for later offline reading (for the beach, say).

So, put on that sunscreen and get ready to breezily “flip” through the pages of all those fab magazines downloaded on your smartphone.

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Important Info: Changes to our eBook Collections

You may have noticed that the eBook page on our website has changed a bit. This June and July we’re going through a transition when it comes to eBooks as a result of changes in the state budget regarding libraries.

On June 30 the Commonwealth eBook Collections’ (CEC) access to Axis360, BiblioBoard and eBook Central will end. That means that any eBooks/eAudiobooks on Axis360, BiblioBoard, and eBook Central you have checked out you will no longer be able to read/listen to, and any holds on eBooks through those platforms will be canceled.

But have no fear, we still have our amazing Overdrive service. If you’ve been using it in conjunction with Axis360 & Biblioboard then you’re good to go. You can sign in with your Nevins (or other MVLC) Library card and borrow the books as usual.

On the other hand, if you’re an Overdrive newbie, I bid you many welcomes, and I have good news. Using the new Overdrive Libby App is just as simple as Axis360 and Biblioboard used to be.

You can find Libby on all the App Stores (here are a few links to the Apps — iTunes Libby App, Android Libby App, Microsoft Libby App). Or if you prefer to read a bit about it first, you can go to Overdrive.com. Once you’ve downloaded it, you’ll be asked to sign up with your Library Card #, and then you can download/read/listen to both eBooks and eAudiobooks either online or offline just like you could on the other platforms.

There are also awesome new things that will be happening with Overdrive and how you get your Overdrive books in the future (Hint: Those who are working on it hope that it will be much more like how Massachusetts lends out print books right now!!) Stay tuned for all that exciting news.

For more information as always feel free to drop by the Reference Desk and ask us your question, call us at 978-686-4080 x12, or even leave a comment on this post. We can help you get started on Libby, get a BPL eCard for even more Overdrive goodness, or whatever else your Tech Help needs are.

The state also has a website set up that talks about the Changeover HERE.


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eBooks Galore!!

With a new look for our Overdrive website in February (same great content, slightly different look), I thought that I’d  give a refresher on all the amazing ways that you can get both eBooks and eAudiobooks. We’ll start with the most well-known eBook and eAudiobook provider.

Overdrive is our biggest provider of eContent. It has both eBooks and eAudiobooks. In addition to bestselling fiction it also has quite a number of Romances, more childrens’ books every day, and even some Comics (including from DC Comics, Woo!!). You can read and listen to them on your computer,  through your browser, or on almost any mobile device with their free Overdrive App (Scroll down to the bottom for all the various platforms you can use Overdrive on!)

 

 

Axis360 is a part of the Commonwealth eBook Collections. It has both Audiobooks and eBooks, mostly bestselling fiction, that can be read and listened to through the Axis360 App (Again, the links are at the bottom!!)

 

 

 

Biblioboard is a part of the Commonwealth eBook Collections as well. It has everything from the For Dummies series to a good portion of the Dark Horse Comics Graphic Novels to many many Primary Sources and Historical Documents. All Available through your browser or their App.

 

 

If you’re looking for items of a more academic bent EBL has many items to help with academic research as well as items that can help with personal interests, from cooking to gardening. (It’s also part of the Commonwealth eBook Collections). Go to EBL

 

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Finally, Safari has almost 5000 technology, digital media, and business books and videos online and ready on-demand in your browser to help you out of that pickle. Go to Safari

Remember all you need to access all these awesome resources is a Nevins Library card and something to read/listen to them on. And, in most cases, that can even be your computer!!

And if you have questions about using any of the above resources (or our other Online Resources) come see us up at the Reference Desk and we’ll try and get you all set up!!