Great news for parents!! OverDrive e-books are now available for use with Kindle FreeTime!
What is Kindle FreeTime? According to howtogeek.com, Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime is “the most sophisticated and comprehensive parental control suite available for any tablet.” Unlike other parental control suites, FreeTime “outright reskins the device and turns it into a completely self-contained and kid-friendly tablet.” Furthermore, each child in the home can have their own age-appropriate profile that offers an interface, a separate application, and a media list.
FreeTime content is separated into educational or entertainment categories. Parents are able to set daily educational goals for reading and learning, and with ‘Learn First’ can require that those goals are met before their child is able to watch cartoons or play games. In addition, parents can set how much time may be spent on any given activity – video, games, or reading – or an overall amount of time a child may use the device. Kids are unable to exit FreeTime without a password.
Now parents and kids can borrow OverDrive e-books and add them to a Kindle FreeTime profile, taking advantage of the same parental controls and educational goal-setting that FreeTime offers for other activities.
Library e-books may be added to FreeTime profiles by following these instructions, or through the “Manage Content & Subscription” section in FreeTime by taking the following steps:
On the Start screen for FreeTime, tap “Manage Content & Subscription.”
Tap “Add titles to [name of profile]’s Library.”
Select “Books” from the dropdown menu.
Check the box next to the desired title and tap “Done” in the upper right corner. The title will be added.
Be sure to share this with patrons who might be interested, and don’t forget to tell them about the eReading Room for kids too!
Did you know that we are currently participating in the Big Library Read, a pilot program from OverDrive and Sourcebooks? They’re hoping it turns into the largest global reading event ever. The program is made possible due to the generous donation of the title from the author, Michael Malone. For a limited time (May 15 – June 1, 2013) participating libraries are being provided no-cost simultaneous access to The Four Corners of the Sky.
More than 7,500 libraries from 10 countries across five continents are participating and millions of people are being invited to read the book, a tale about love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of family. The title is being prominently displayed on our OverDrive-powered library website and will be simultaneously available for any and all readers with a library card to browse, sample, and borrow. At the end of the pilot period, the title will no longer be available for simultaneous use but we will still have at least one copy in our ebook collection.
Clearly, readers are accepting the invitation—in the last week, the copy available through our OverDrive site has circulated 148 times.
Together with Sourcebooks, OverDrive will be tracking interest and sales that may result for this title (in print and in eBook formats), as well as how the exposure for the author impacts sales and interest for his other books. Library Journal Magazine has agreed to assist with data review and analysis following the pilot. It’s possible that the information collection will enable public libraries to organize local and regional Big Library Read eBook events and promote authors and titles from a vast catalog of available eBooks for library lending.
Library staff and patrons are invited to join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter (#BigLibraryRead). Be sure to follow OverDrive’s Digital Library Blog for the latest news and results of the Big Library Read.
We’ve just recently signed up for a free service that OverDrive provides called Recommend to Library. But don’t worry–it’s not an open invitation to request all the titles we can’t provide because they’re simply not available. Rather it’s a way to search the entire list of titles offered by OverDrive, including titles not currently available in our collection.
One way to see what OverDrive offers that we don’t currently own is to click on the Additional Titles radio button when you do a simple search.
Another way to get there is to go the Advanced Search page on OverDrive. As you can see at the bottom of the image below, users can choose to search “Additional titles” here as well.
In either case, what comes up will be a list of titles that match the search criteria. The first titles that appear will be those that we currently own, followed by those that we don’t. If one (or more) of the latter is of interest, searchers can click the Recommend button.
For those with plenty of time on their hands and no particular authors or subjects in mind it’s also possible to browse the entire list of non-owned titles. When users do a search of the library collection they’ll see this link at the bottom of their search results.
One thing that might be a little confusing is that recommendations can’t be made by casual browsers. They can only be made after signing in to OverDrive. On the bright side, this means that users can keep track of the titles they’ve recommended in the “My Account” section of OverDrive.
When the recommendation is made, users are prompted to check what action they’d like to have taken. They can ask to be notified by email or to have the title put on hold for them–or both–if the library purchases the title in question. They’ll also be required to confirm their recommendation. For now recommendations are limited to 5 per day per person.
So, what happens next? OverDrive creates and sends lists of recommended titles regularly for consideration by selectors. Titles are added when they meet the selection criteria and funds permit.