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.

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…

link to blog post about the big library read

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!

Our eAudio collection just got a lot bigger!

bolinda logoWe now have a Bolinda Digital subscription, which means you can browse, borrow and download over 800 audiobook titles.

You’ll see that their strength is in Australasian publishing, including some NZ titles, but they also offer international best-sellers.  Similar to our Overdrive subscription, there are audiobooks for all ages available for download.

They are easy to borrow too – you don’t need to download them via special software.  Downloaded titles can be enjoyed on your computer (including Linux-based systems) or transferred to any mobile device capable of playing MP3 files e.g. iPod/ iPad, Sony Walkman, smartphone etc.

Want to know more?  Our eLibrary page has all the details.

bolinda downloadable eAudio