Category Archives: Digital Media

Limiting eBook access for libraries will hurt patrons

eBooks aren’t just a fad, they are especially useful for readers with challenges such as sight impairment, dyslexia, or those who can’t get to the library or physically hold a book . Please consider signing the American Libraries Association petition telling Macmillan publishing that limiting access to eBooks for libraries is the wrong move. You can read more about this and sign the petition by clicking the link.
https://p2a.co/fgcQkzV

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Read an eBook Day, Sept. 18th!

Be a part of Read an eBook Day by checking out your favorite ebook from your library. Join the conversation by sharing what you’re reading and stories about why you love ebooks and by using the hashtag #ebookLove on social media. Anyone who uses that hashtag on September 18th will automatically be entered into a drawing for a free Kobo reader and Libby swag.

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OverDrive for Mac NEW update – They Heard YOU!


*** September 25 – When we decided to end support for OverDrive for Mac, we failed to appropriately gauge the number of users that would be impacted and how. We are sorry for this mistake and the inconvenience it caused.

As a result, we are working as quickly as possible to restore the download option for MP3 audiobooks to users running macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). Once restored, the following message will appear for Mac users on your OverDrive website with a link to an updated Help article: MP3 audiobooks are only supported on macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). These updates will be made by October 2.

Users who upgrade to the newest MacOS Catalina will not be able to download and transfer MP3 audiobooks from OverDrive. Those users can listen to audiobooks in their browser, or depending on their device compatibility, install the OverDrive or Libby app (for public libraries) or the Sora app (for schools) directly on their device to listen to audiobooks.

Previously – An important notice for those using OverDrive for Mac to listen to audiobooks on their computer. Please be aware this ONLY affects those who use the OverDrive program on their Mac computers, not those who use tablets or phones:
“Due to upcoming macOS changes, and to simplify the user experience, OverDrive will soon end support for OverDrive for Mac. Effective September 4, 2019, OverDrive for Mac will no longer be available for download and Mac users will no longer see the option to download audiobook titles at your OverDrive website. Instead, Mac users can enjoy audiobooks using OverDrive Listen from your digital library website, or try Libby on their smart phone or tablet. Any users with audiobooks already downloaded to OverDrive for Mac will retain access to their downloads for the remainder of the lending period, provided they have not yet updated to macOS 10.15 (Catalina). Though we anticipate minimal user impact, OverDrive Help will be updated to assist with user support.”

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The digital library is always open. Click here to access our digital media.

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Congratulations to us!

Thanks Little, Brown Publishing!

“Your [network] has won free electronic editions of the complete published works of J. D. Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour—An Introduction.

These four classic works became available as ebooks for the first time ever in August, as part of a yearlong celebration of the centennial of J. D. Salinger and his immeasurable contributions to literature. The titles will be added to your [OverDrive] collection on or before Tuesday, Sep. 13.”

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OverDrive Redesigns Login Page

OverDrive has redesigned their login page! You will now see a cleaner design that’s easier to use. The drop down menu also gives you the option to login with library cards from other locations in Massachusetts.

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CLAMS Libraries Closed for Independence Day


The library is always open online.
Check out eBooks, eAudios, and digital magazines from OverDrive

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Big Library Read, June 17 – July 1, 2019

CLAMS patrons can travel through history along with millions of readers during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From June 17–July 1, 2019.

CLAMS Library Network “Enlists” in the Largest Global Digital Book Club

Wartime novel “A Dangerous Act of Kindness” available as ebook for two weeks with no waitlist or holds

CLAMS patrons can travel through history along with millions of readers during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From June 17–July 1, booklovers can borrow LP Fergusson’s harrowing wartime love story, A Dangerous Act of Kindness, from their public library as an ebook with no waitlists or holds. CLAMS readers may join by visiting https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/ or downloading the Libby app then discuss online at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. More than 19,000 libraries around the world are participating.

Big Library Read is available in more than 90 percent of public libraries in North America and facilitated by Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. A Dangerous Act of Kindness was named Highly Commended in the Caledonia Novel Award 2018 and chosen by a popular vote of readers and librarians worldwideto be the next Big Library Read.

“My family were voracious readers and each Saturday I would go with my mother to choose a book,” said author LP Fergusson. “I remember finding it hard to believe that I could take home any book I wanted for free. Even now, when I walk into a library, I’m struck with the same thought.” She added, “I have carried the story of A Dangerous Act of Kindnessl with me for decades and can finally share it with the world. Perhaps this story will inspire someone else to let their imagination fly.”

A Dangerous Act of Kindness tells the story ofwidow Millie Sanger, who finds injured enemy pilot Lukas Schiller on her farm during World War II. Compassionate Millie knows Lukas will be killed if discovered and makes the dangerous decision to offer him shelter from the storm. On opposite sides of the inescapable conflict, the two strangers forge an unexpected and passionate bond. But as the snow thaws, the relentless fury of World War II forces them apart, leaving only the haunting memories of what they shared, and an understanding that their secret must never see light.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that simultaneously connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. A Dangerous Act of Kindness is the 19th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. The free program runs for two weeks and only requires a CLAMS card to get started.

A Dangerous Act of Kindness can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [US libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read ebooks and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.

About Rakuten OverDrive

Rakuten OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 76 countries. Named one of TIME’s Best iPhone and Android Apps of 2018, Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. 

Contact:
David Burleigh
Director of Brand & Marketing Communications
dburleigh@overdrive.com

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Are you an ebook fan? Have you tried Libby?

All you need is your CLAMS card to get started.

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Our eBook Collection has now expanded statewide

Reciprocal lending now allows you to find and checkout materials in other networks for even more choices. Longer checkout options give you more time to finish books before returning them. https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/

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