Are your patrons frustrated by the long waiting lists for popular ebook and eaudios? Do patrons checkout many titles at a time but perhaps only read a portion of them, then decide the title is not what they really wanted? In September OverDrive introduced a “Sample” feature for patron use. These samples are for immediate access on reading devices and platforms. Customers can experience stories immediately on their computer or mobile device and decide if they are right for them, ultimately reducing holds and waiting lists.
When available, the word “Sample” will appear below a jacket. Samples may not be available for all formats of an individual title. Interested customers can easily click and enjoy up to 10 percent of each title before deciding to check it out or not. Samples vary as to length and content. (Eaudio sample content is about 2 minutes)
Samples can be accessed from a search results page
or from a details page.
The eBook sample will show up in readers’ bookshelf and look just like a regular eBook download. The eaudio sample will be directly downloaded to the user’s device.
By recommending usage of Overdrive Samples, patrons may be able to narrow their choices to titles of most interest.