I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’ve worked at the library for almost 10 years and I only just NOW started using Overdrive, our digital collection of downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks. I had successfully avoided it with such excuses as – I didn’t have an eReader (until a year ago); I thought the directions were as complicated as a thermodynamic experiment in zero gravity (and please hold off telling me that this is impossible or combustible because my sons will take care of that for you…that is if they ever read this.) I would gleefully tell friends and patrons alike how wonderful it was and where they could go on our website to get directions – here!), but I was too scared to use it myself. That is until our last Library In-Service. Granted they had plied me with coffee and baked goods so I was extra susceptible.
After a brief tutorial I downloaded the Overdrive app onto my phone and immediately fell in love. I’m an audiobook lover and within seconds I had downloaded an audiobook to the app. I couldn’t believe it! I basically spent the winter ignoring my household duties by doing jigsaw puzzles while listening to audiobook after audiobook with my overdrive app. I have yet to try an eBook, which I know can be easily download onto eReaders or a computer. I’ll let you know how that goes.
The only warning I have is – don’t forget that you are reading or listening to a downloaded book. Twice now I have gone back to finish my book only to find it had turned itself in! On the flipside this is a good thing. You don’t have to remember to return your book to the library because it does it for you. You may also place a hold on a book and choose to either have it inform you when it is available or check it out for you. It’s like book magic!
Believe me when I tell you this is the easiest thing in the world! I am the least tech savvy person in my household (including the cat) and if I can conquer Overdrive – so can you!