Meet Libby: Overdrive’s new eBook & eAudio app

We’re excited to present a new app addition to our OverDrive service called Libby, that should make eBook and eAudio use quicker, more enjoyable and less complicated. Libby has been designed to make first time mobile use of our OverDrive collection simple, with added features over the OverDrive app that would be of benefit to existing customers.

To get our new Libby app, click on this link for access in Android, iOS and Windows stores.

Some of the benefits of using Libby are:

  • Simple getting started options and downloads process
  • Refined search and browsing options, with new ways to personalise default searches
  • You just need to sign in with your library card, and can use multiple library cards at the same time
  • A unified book shelf that displays all your titles from multiple cards on the same digital shelf
  • Impressive new design and image options

Libby will not be replacing the OverDrive app but if you are a user of our existing OverDrive app, please feel free to continue using it. Libby does not currently support Recommend to Library or multilingual interfaces, but these features will continue to be accessible through the OverDrive app. Kindle format is not currently supported outside of US libraries.

For more information on Libby please go to the Libby Help page or contact us through our Technical support form.

Overdrive’s latest Big Library Read – ‘The Other Einstein’

Every three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’. Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club!

This time around, we’ll be reading the  ‘The Other Einstein’ from author Marie Benedict.

‘The Other Einstein’ by Marie Benedict offers a window into the fascinating story of Einstein’s first wife who was a brilliant physicist in her own right. Whilst, her contribution to the  theory of relativity is hotly debated, ‘The Other Einstein’ offers readers a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow.

Join the Big Library Read and start reading ‘The Other Einstein,’ today!

The Big Library Read runs from June 12th to June 26th

New OverDrive eBooks site launched

New OD websiteOur eBook and eAudio eBook service OverDrive has been updated to include new features, simplified usage and a brand new design.

You’ll still access WCL’s OverDrive website from the same address on your desktop and mobile device at wcl.overdrive.com. We’ll still provide the same eBook and eAudio content in familiar formats and downloading and streaming options you’re used to.

However, you should notice positive changes:

  • – browsing, subject headings and links to our ‘Kids’ and ‘Teens’ pages are now at the very top of the website
  • – searches now auto complete with suggested options
  • – sign in with your library card and use a simplified account area
  • – availability of eBook and eAudio titles is now clearly labelled

In addition to these changes, there are improvements to renewals, holds and recommendations to the library.

For more information on our new OverDrive website, go to our Help page here, or to watch a video summary of our new OverDrive features click here.

If you need any help, please use our technical support form and we’ll email you a helpful response!

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Vinyl now available for lending!

Vinyl, records, LP’s – they’re all the same thing, produce great sound, are once again in high demand and now, Wellington City Libraries is lending them out!

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Vinyl is now available to borrow from the Central library, covering Popular, Soul, Electronica New Zealand, Wellington genres and more at the reasonable price of $1.00 for seven days.

Take your borrowed vinyl home and then return titles to the library in our convenient cardboard satchels.

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You can reserve vinyl using our catalogue, by searching for titles with call number ’vinyl,’ – click reserve and have them delivered to your local branch.

We’ll be adding new release, re-issues and deluxe titles every week, so keep an eye on our display spaces in the Central library’s Sound and Vision area.

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Curated eBook Collections Celebrating New Zealand Festival Writers Week

Want to try out eBook titles by celebrated authors, challenging thinkers and popular writers? Try our recently assembled Curated List for ‘Writers Week Authors at the NZ Festival.’ Or, go here for other carefully curated eBook and eAudio lists like ‘Quintessential Science Fiction & Fantasy,’ ‘Nordic Noir,’ and ‘Man Booker Prize Winning Authors.’

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ComicsPlus adds thousands of comics to our eLibrary!

Comics-Plus-Library-Edition-Logo-720x440We’ve added new streaming eLibrary service ComicsPlus, with over 80 comics publishers making available thousands of digital super hero, manga, children and indie comics across all audiences.

Major adult publishers include Archaia, Boom! Studios, Dynamite and Viz, whilst cool kids presses like Papercut, Andrews McMeel and Graphic Classics feature original children’s comics, as well as nonfiction versions of classic literature and funny cartoons like Garfield and Charlie Brown.

Also included are exciting, well known series like Adventure Time, Bone, Archie, Lumberjanes, Naruto, One Piece, Big Nate, Red Sonja and more. Browse by fantasy, crime, romance, movie and TV, horror and more, and then choose any comic you want.

There’s no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days. Now’s your chance to read any number of series from beginning to end! At the moment, enjoyment of ComicsPlus is limited to desktop only but mobile usage should be on its way soon.

Here’s how to get started on your computer or laptop:

Please note: New registrations are currently unavailable, we are working on fixing this as soon as possible.

  1. Click on the ‘ComicsPlus’ link through our eLibrary and enter your library card number and your last name .
  2. Once ComicsPlus is open click on ‘Register’
  3. After registering for the first time with email and password, click ‘Sign in’
  4. Enter your registered email and password, then choose Wellington City Libraries from the drop down menu – Sign In!
  5. You can now browse by publisher, new material and popular titles or search by author and title.
  6. When you’ve found your comic, click on the cover and choose ‘Check out’ Check out button
  7. From here, go to ‘My Comics’ and click on ‘Read Now’ from your book shelf of waiting comics. Read as many comics as you like!

Comicsplus book shelf (Note: downloading is not available at the moment with ComicsPlus. Usage is only through online streaming.)

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Big library read on now: unlimited eBook/eAudio downloads for suspense title, ‘Eyes on you’

big-lib-read-eyes-postFor the first time, we’re able to provide both the eBook and digital audio book copy of ‘Eyes on you’ by Kate White as a simultaneous reading option through OverDrive’s ‘Big library read,’ initiative which is happening from now until Tuesday 23 June.

Accurately described as a global book club, ‘Big library read’ provides you with the option to download and/or stream copies of ‘Eyes on you’ at the very same time with the aim of provoking conversation, interest and reading as event. If you’re interested in discussing ‘Eyes on you,’ further with others then download this brief  ‘Discussion guide,‘ to get started.

Check out the sample below for the first few chapters of the eBook and go here for a listening sample to the audio book. If you’re interested in reading or listening to similar titles, we’ve even curated a list of Eyes on you’ read-a-likes’ on our OverDrive page (under ‘Featured Collections’) for your enjoyment…

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Changes to OverDrive audio books – goodbye WMA format; hello OverDrive Listen!

OverDrive listenTwo big changes to our OverDrive service today – one is the introduction of the new browser based streaming option ‘OverDrive Listen‘, the other is the ending of the provision of WMA format audio books. The outdated WMA format was used in desktop downloads only. Now that the WMA format is being removed all mobile and desktop Audio books downloaded through OverDrive will be MP3 format only and compatible with all listening options. If you have any questions about the withdrawal of the WMA format please contact us through out Technical support form here. This process should be completed by the 10th of June.

‘OverDrive Listen’ will enable Audio book users to stream compatible ‘Listen’ format titles through your browser and an active internet connection. As long as you use the same device and browser for streaming an Audio book title you’ll also be able to save your progress, make notes and highlight sections. For information on how to use ‘OverDrive Listen’ please go here.

There are some browser and software restrictions on usage of the ‘Listen’ format, so if you are experiencing problems check out the ‘Getting started with OverDrive listen’ page for more information or contact us for further help.

We hope you enjoy this new option for audio book listening!

A ComicFest recommendation: NZ Book Council

This year’s ComicFest has once again been lucky enough to have the backing of the NZ book Council. They’ve kindly sponsored cartoonist and novelist Sarah Laing for Free comic book day involvement on the 2nd of May. Here’s a NZ book council recommendation with some help in drafting from the Book council’s very own Lynette.

The fall of light“If you are looking to swot up before ComicFest hits Wellington City Library delve to the bottom of this article to discover Graphic Novelist, Rachel Fenton’s recommended reading list. Beneath the barrage of Hairy MacLary and Maurice Gee, Rachel has gone in to bat for the fantastic comic book and graphic novel creators of Aotearoa.

Included in her top reads is Sarah Laing’s, The Fall of Light and upcoming anthology Three Words; an Anthology of New Zealand Women Comics and Cartoonists, edited by Indira Neville, Sarah Laing and Rae Joyce.

Check out the books, then check in at the City Library on Saturday 2 May from 1.00pm to meet the editors and creators of these truly awesome works.”

ComicFest 2015

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Get ready to celebrate New Zealand comics creators, grab free comics and attend free panel discussions and workshops with ComicFest 2015!

We’ve added two more days to ComicFest 2014’s busy activities and once again GRAPHIC comics are sponsoring over a thousand free comics on Free Comic book day on Saturday the 2nd of May. This year we’ve also received marvellous help and sponsorship from the NZ Book council, Alexander Turnbull library, NZ ComicCon, Pikitia Press, Unity books and Weta Cave. Here are some fab photos from last year:

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Here’s a summary of this year’s expanded programme featuring many of  New Zealand’s best cartoonists with Sarah Laing, Tim Gibson, Matt Emery, Rae Joyce, Jonathan King, Sharon Murdoch, Toby Morris, Cory Mathis, Tim Bollinger, Indira Neville and Weta’s Chris Guise attending!

ComicFest 2015 programme

Exhibitions throughout ComicFest
– Noel Cook: New Zealand’s Comic Pioneer (1st Floor, Central library)
– The 12 Cartoonists of ComicFest 2015 (Ground floor, Central library)
– Find our life size Captain Haddock statue!

Wednesday 29th of April

6 – 8.00 | Free mystery Comic film!
Come along to our mystery comic-themed film at the Central library. We guarantee comic satisfaction and prizes at this once only ComicFest screening. Seating is limited to 50 only, so contact us at the Central library to book seats or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz! (For Teens +)

Thursday 30th of April

6 – 7.00 | Panel: From cartoons to comics
When is a cartoon a comic – New Zealand cartoonists and comic artists consider the relationship between the two and ask how this may be changing. Join this panel discussion including Sunday Star Times cartoonist Sharon Murdoch, comic artists and cartoonists Toby Morris and Cory Mathis, and comic writer and historian Tim Bollinger. Moderated by Alexander Turnbull Library cartoon librarian Melinda Johnston.

(Sponsored by Alexander Turnbull library)

7.15 – 8.00 | Comicfest get together at MEOW 
All are welcome to the 2nd annual Wellington ComicFest mixer at Meow café (9 Edward St, Te Aro). A great chance for graphic novel followers to meet with some of New Zealand’s best comic and cartoon talent! (18 years or older)

(Sponsored by Wellington City Libraries)

Friday 1st of May

5 – 6.30 | Digital comics workshop with Tim Gibson
Tim Gibson is known as a digital pioneer in NZ comic’s circles with his successful ‘Moths City’ title performing well on international website Comixology. Join Tim for an hour and a half of insight into the planning, creation and distribution of a comic using current digital tools and insider tricks of the trade. For all ages and bring your tablet and stylus if you can!

(Sponsored by NZ Comic Con)

7 – 8.00  | Panel: The current and future state of New Zealand comics
New Zealand comic artists and publishers discuss their work and the changing face of local comic book production. Panel discussion with Pikitia Press publisher and comics creator Matt Emery, ‘Moth City’ creator and digital comics pioneer, Tim Gibson and film maker and comic artist, Jonathan King. Moderated by Wellington cartoonist and comics historian, Tim Bollinger. Attend this panel and enter the draw to win a Pikitia comics prize pack!

(Sponsored by Pikitia Press)

Saturday 2nd of May

Free comic book day
Grab your free comics from our stands, buy from the great folk at Graphic comic store and chat comics with our librarians. Dress as your favourite comic character and win prizes!

All day:
– Free comic book day
– World comics display
– Manga drawing competition

(Sponsored by GRAPHIC comics)

10 – 11.30 | Comics 101 workshop with Sarah Laing
Sarah Laing (Let Me be Frank, cartoonist and novelist) has unique insight into what is required to make successful prose, comics and cartoons. Bring pen and papers along as Sarah imparts tips on the important relation between pictures and words, the value of honest drawing, emotion and story-telling. All ages.

(Sponsored by NZ book council)

11.30 – 12.00 | Cosplay competition
Winners will be announced for the best ComicFest costume! Prizes for all categories, including children, teens, and adults.

(Sponsored by Unity books)

12 – 1.00 | ‘Tintin – the journey from comic to film’
Let Tintin and Weta Workshop lead conceptual designer, Chris Guise take you through the process of transforming a much-loved comic into the successful film version of, ‘The adventures of Tintin – the secret of the Unicorn.’ Chris will guide you through this multi-media journey with slides and videos and don’t forget to have your questions ready for Q&A.

1 – 2.00 | Panel: New Zealand Women’s Comics with the editors of Three Words
Join cartoonist and Let Me Be Frank creator Sarah Laing, award winning graphic poet Rae Joyce, and comics maker and editor Indira Neville in a panel discussion on the rich history and future of New Zealand’s female cartoonists and comics. Sarah, Rae, and Indira will also discuss the genesis and work behind assembling Three Words, a forthcoming comprehensive anthology of New Zealand Women’s Comics. Moderated by cartoonist Matt Emery.

(Sponsored by NZ book council)

2.00 – 2.15 | Comicfest announces winners for the Manga drawing competition
Don’t forget your free comics posters courtesy of GRAPHIC comic store!

All events are free and unless stated otherwise, open to participants of all ages.

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