Why do people love eBooks so much? They’re portable. They’re lightweight. You don’t have to pick them up…or return them. The font size is adjustable. You don’t have to worry about losing your page. Really, this list could go on and on and on, but I’m not here to sell you on why you should give eBooks a try (I did a lot of that in June).
If you’re already using Overdrive, then this news is aimed at you. We’re happy to tell you (if you haven’t noticed already, that is) that Overdrive has made some key enhancements to their site – particularly where holds are concerned.
You can now choose to automatically checkout a book when the hold is made available. Previously you had to checkout the book within 48 hours or you would lose the hold. This is a great option that gives people a little bit more time, and also eliminates the step of checking out the book before downloading it. It’s also great for people who do not have regular access to the Internet.
You can suspend holds for 7, 14, 21, 28, 60 or 90 days!
If you’re not familiar with suspending holds, it’s where you place your name on the waitlist for an item, but the item is not made available until after the date that you specify. No more waiting weeks, months, or what feels like eternity for your copy of The Collector, only for it to become available right smack-dab in the middle of your Internet-free fabulous Fall getaway. The people at Overdrive are readers; they too know that crushing feeling of being sent back to the bottom of the holds cue, and have worked very hard to make sure that it never ever happens to you again.
In addition to these seemingly minor (but actually huge) enhancements, anybody who uses the Overdrive App will no longer be required to authenticate with an Adobe ID; if you’re already using Overdrive you likely won’t care about this since you’ve already gone through the process, but for any new users, or anybody who gets a new device, it makes things a LOT easier (unless, of course, you enjoy a good round of password recovery loop-de-loop).
Ok, so these enhancements may not seem as exciting as Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Postseason MLB, or any of the other wonderful things happening around town right now, but for those of us immersed in the Overdrive world, they are pretty darn close! To have a look at our Overdrive Collection, click here.