We have been reluctant to share this information about three new options for e-books and audio e-books, because they were not quite ready for prime time. However, with some new tweaks, it seems like this collection, know as the Commonwealth eBook Collections, have just recently taken a big step forward. Thus, we decided it was time to share the news, so that all of you who can’t get enough titles on the CLAMS consortium e-book & e-audio books, known as Overdrive, can give these three new options a try.
The first option is called Axis 360, which features bestsellers in fiction and non-fiction titles. They have just updated their app as well, so that it is easier to use than ever, or you can use it on a standard desk top computer. There are four categories featured, just added, new releases, most popular, and hidden gems. You can browse by subject, and you can also limit to titles that are available now or just e-books or just audio books. The lending model for this is one book, one user, just as it is with Overdrive. You get a two week default loan, but you can change that from 1 day to three weeks. There is also a three book limit per user.
The second option is called BiblioBoard. This is a growing collection of public domain, licensed and library-contributed content. The lending model is unlimited simultaneous use, which is what we wish every digital e-book collection was! The items are always available, so you never have to put a reserve on anything. They are just undergoing a complete transformation, which you can try out now, or wait until it goes live on September 15th. One of the really great features of this collection is that they have a huge selection of the Dummies titles. If you are looking for Hinduism, basketball, vegetable gardening, or twitter, they are now all collected in this one fabulous resource. They also are making an effort to feature Massachusetts authors, and they are partnering with Library Journal to feature indie authors.
Finally, the third option is EBL (e-book library) which is a large collection of mostly non-fiction, academically oriented titles. The biggest difference is that EBL limits books to a one day loan. Thus if you haven’t gotten the info needed in one day, you will have to check it out for a second day. As of this moment, our direct Falmouth Public Library link is not working, thus you will need to tell it what library you use before you can enter the collection. There are many, many options in this group of books from cookbooks to fine art to science, but remember, you only get a one day loan.
So give these new collections a try, and tell us what you think!