Library allocates more funding for eBooks and audiobooks
In response to growing customer requests, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is reallocating $5,000 of its materials budget to buy additional copies of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Acquiring these additional copies, available only to customers whose cards were issued by Heights Libraries (listed on the front of the card), will reduce the wait time for many popular titles.
Previously, customers could access only titles owned by the CLEVNET consortium. This $5,000 commitment is specifically for Overdrive’s Advantage program. Overdrive, a Cleveland-based digital distributor of eBooks, carries more than 650,000 titles in more than 50 languages in its digital catalog.
“The popularity of eBooks is on the rise, to say the least,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “A little over a year ago, Amazon reported it was selling more eBooks than print, and we are seeing a similar trend—more and more customers are asking for eBooks and eReaders. We strive to provide great services for our customers, and Overdrive’s Advantage program really helps us provide that service.”
In order to see the availability of Overdrive Advantage titles, customers should first log in to the Heights Libraries’s eMedia catalog at www.heightslibrary.org with their Heights Library card. Customers can then browse or search for items by title, author or keyword. Audiobook and eBook versions of a title will be displayed in separate records.
Customers will need to look at the record to view the available formats and determine compatibility for their device. For example, the eBook record will indicate if the book is available in the Adobe format, compatible with Nooks, Sony Readers, and many other devices; or as a Kindle Book, compatible with Kindles. For more information, contact any of the four Heights Libraries branches and ask for the reference department. Contact information is at www.heightslibrary.org.
Heights Libraries also offers guidance on how to use these new technologies to borrow from its digital collection through a free class, Library@Home. Library@Home offers step-by-step instructions on how to borrow digital files from the libraries’s digital collection. The next class is May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Lee Road Library; registration is required. The class is offered periodically, and times and dates are listed on the library’s website.
Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.