In any language, it’s still Overdrive!

There are a couple different ways to find e-books in languages other than English on Overdrive. First, you can click “Subject” at the top and then scroll down to find a “Non-English” subject like fiction, nonfiction, or even more specifically narrowed by age, like “Non-English Young Adult Fiction” in just one click.

The other option is to start with any search, subject, or interest level, and then narrow to the specific language you want in the side menu.

Don’t forget you can always toggle Overdrive to a different language mode altogether, so that the entire browsing and checkout experience appears in either Spanish or Chinese. That option shows up in the upper right corner of the website.

The Libby app has language options too, but they vary by your device and its operating system. Just click Libby and check under “Settings” however, and she’ll walk you through how it’s done!

– Heather Auman, Western Allegheny Community Library

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Holiday e-Cooking

Have a Holiday Cooking and Entertaining display?  Why not publicize our e-Cookbooks?!

Overdrive has an entire category of Adult Non-Fiction dedicated to Food & Cooking.  A search for “entertaining” will also yield a few good books.

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EBSCO e-Books also has a cooking category directly accessible from the homepage.

REMINDER: Don’t forget about Overdrive’s Seasonal Promo Packs.  These kits include a variety of marketing materials that cover the entire year!

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rob – Bethel Park Public Library

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Swing into Summer With New Hoopla Content

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You’ve seen it in action at your library: patrons who love digital reading really love digital reading. In fact, they’re most likely some of your most voracious customers.

Hoopla’s got some good news for you and your power users: by the end of this month, e-books—including comics and graphic novel options—will be available through Hoopla Digital with an Allegheny County library card.

The new content, which includes books from a variety of publishers, will be available through the browser interface as well as LightSpeed, the new Hoopla 3.0 version of their popular app. The eReader technology is built directly into Hoopla’s infrastructure, so there’s no need to download additional software or create a second log-in: everything you’ll want to read will be right there at your fingertips with no additional learning curve needed.

The Hoopla eReader will have a number of features your patrons may have already come to expect from ebooks, including appearance adjustments (such as font size and background color), bookmark creation, and syncing across devices. To make reading digital comics more enjoyable, the eReader also contains the Action View panel, which activates with a simple click or two, depending on what kind of device you’re using. Action View lets readers appreciate comics the way they were designed to be enjoyed, with both full-page and panel-to-panel views.

The content itself will contain a wide variety of reading choices for library users of all ages and interests, including kids, teens, African American fiction, and LGBTQ lit. You and your patrons will be familiar with many of the participating publishers, such as:

  •  IDW/Top Shelf
  • Orca Book Publishers
  • Paragon
  • PM Press
  • Riptide
  • Saddleback
  • Sounds True
  • Tyndale House

More reading choices, with no additional digital hassle? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? The ebook content should arrive just in time for summer reading, which will give you and your patrons the chance to see for yourself.

–Leigh Anne (CLP)

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Overdrive Updates Coming Soon…

The following new features will be available to Overdrive users starting Wednesday, April 29th.

  • If a user borrows a title and the title has (or accumulates) holds, the user will no longer see a “Renew” link for that title on their bookshelf.  Instead, they will see a “Request Again” link that lets them join the title’s holds list and borrow the title again when it becomes available. This is the same way that the “Renew” link currently works for titles with holds; only the language is being updated.
  • The limitation that only lets users renew a title (or request it again) one time during their loan is being removed.


  • Users will be able to assign star ratings to titles they currently have checked out right from their bookshelf. Users will still be able to rate any title from the title’s details page as well.


  • A new “Narrated” label will help users identify which eBooks are available in OverDrive Read with narration:


  • On the title details pages for narrated eBooks, users will also see an audio icon next to the OverDrive Read format:


  • From here, users can click either the “Narrated” label or the audio  icon to learn more about narration.
  •  The “Enhanced” label for enhanced titles will be updated to match the style of the “Narrated” label:


Sharon (Mt. Lebanon)

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