What is this, we can hear you asking? Well, library users from all over the world (including many NZ public libraries) are downloading and reading the same title on Overdrive between now and 1 June (there’s no limit on who can check this title out — we have as many simultaneous checkouts as we need!).
The book is:
The Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael Malone. Here’s a summary, see what you think:
“Twenty years is a long time to be without a father, and, for Navy pilot Annie Peregrine-Goode, the sky has become a home the earth has never been. So when her father calls out of the blue to ask for a dying wish, one both absurd and mysterious, no is the easiest of answers. Until she hears that the reward is the one thing she always wanted.” (Drawn from Syndetics)
Overdrive Big Library Read is a pilot project, but we’re really excited to see it kick off. So, if this inspires you, download the book and happy reading!
The new OverDrive Read feature, allowing you to read eBooks right in your browser
An easier borrowing process as well as enhancements to wish lists and reserves!
New ‘responsive design’ – optimised so you can easily view our eBooks on mobile and desktop!
How to use the new site:
All Internet Explorer users will need the Google Chrome Frame plugin to take advantage of the option to read OverDrive ebooks in the browser. If you don’t have the plug-in, when you try and use this feature you will be prompted to download it
If you use the OverDrive Media Console app, you will need to update to the latest version in order to view the new website
New one-step checkout process:
We’re also excited about the new one-step process for borrowing eBooks. So excited, we found a video:
Wellington City Libraries now has its very own app – WCL Mini. If you regularly use a smartphone, this enables you to do a bunch of things that previously may have resulted in hair-tearing, swearing and/or mashing of fat fingers against a tiny screen. Some of the things you can do include:
checking the catalogue
checking account details (loans, reserves etc)
“book look” – scan non-library books (from a bookstore, or a friend’s collection for example) to see if the library has a copy
one-click access to OverDrive ebooks and mp3 audiobooks*
locate the nearest branch to you – get directions; find out the opening hours; give them a call
keeping up to date with our Facebook and Twitter feeds
We’ll also be building in links to some of our other online resources as we go.
Compatibility: The app is available for devices using the Apple iOs (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) and Android operating systems. It’s also available for BlackBerry, J2ME, Palm OS, Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile.
make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi or a cellphone network
Alternatively you can search for WCL Mini in the App Store (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) or Google Play (Android devices).
Try it on the PC
Don’t have a smartphone? There’s a web version you can use that mimics the app. Use the same link as above in your web browser.
Let us know if you experience any technical errors, oddities or annoyances when using the app – we can feed this back to the app creators for future releases. Also, we’d love to know if there’s something you like about it. Just add your thoughts to the comments below.
You may have noticed that we’ve made some changes to our issue periods and renewals. Happily for our eLibrary users, eBook and eAudio loan periods have been boosted to match books in print. All titles in our OverDrive and Bolinda collections can now be issued for 3 weeks! All of them are still absolutely free to borrow, with no overdue charges and free reserves.
OverDrive is a digital media platform where library customers can download ebook and audio titles onto Mac or PC and transfer them to portable devices e.g. eReaders (Kobo, Sony Reader). Choose from a growing collection of contemporary fiction, non-fiction, classics, young adult and children’s titles. You can download for free, 24/7, from the comfort of your own home and never have to pay overdues!
Enter our Digital Audiobook Competition from 6-21 December and be in to win an iPod Nano! Visit wcl.govt.nz/elibrary to explore our growing collection of digital audiobooks – free, available 24/7 and ready for download to your computer, iPod or compatible device.
Conditions of entry:
You must be a current member of Wellington City Libraries
Wellington City Libraries staff members and their families are not permitted to enter
Only one entry from each library card holder will be entered in the draw
Acceptance of prizes gives permission to Wellington City Libraries to display and/or publish names of winners
The judges’ decision is final. No correspondance will be entered into
Check out downloadable audiobook stories for children with Wellington City Libraries’ Overdrive service. Just click on ‘Browse Fiction’ to bring up the collection for children. If you click on ‘complete list’ you’ll find over 150 stories available at your fingertips – and they’re free!
WCL has over 600,000 books, 450,000 magazines, and 85,000 CDs, DVDs, videos and other items at our central library and 11 branches. We are located in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Looking for your local branch? Have a look at our Library Locations page.