Name Change for LJ's SELF-e Select
You may have noticed that the collection of Library Journal vetted, self-published e-books on BiblioBoard has a new name: Self-e Select is now Indie Author Project Select.
There are new Indie Author Project Select titles available. Check out the latest and greatest independently published e-books on BiblioBoard, which includes Indie Author Project winner Ran Walker.
Like everything in the BiblioBoard Library, these titles are available to everyone in Illinois through RAILS; no library card or login required.
Self-published authors interested in submitting their work for inclusion in the Indie Autor Project Select collection can do so on the Indie Author Project web page.
For more information on submitting your work to Indie Author Project Select, and other self-publishing tools available to everyone in Illinois, check out inkie.org.
Fresh Collection of Popup Picks
Our rotating collection of hand-curated, front-list e-books has been updated to include timely materials you can share with your patrons. This collection includes a celebration of Black History Month, poetry for all ages, interactive titles for kids, and more.
There are no holds or waiting for items in this community collection, and titles can be read by multiple users at the same time via the BiblioBoard Library. See more information on Popup Picks and all our BiblioBoard offerings.
Overdrive Launches Together We Read Online Book Club
We are thrilled to announce Together We Read – a digital book club available for the first time to our U.S. library partners – kicks off February 19 with the inaugural title Lean on Me by Pat Simmons.
Get ready for a story readers are calling, The most empowering story line of a family tied together by the power of unconditional love.
Together We Read is a two-week (Feb. 19 - Mar. 4) digital book club that connects readers from the U.S. with the same ebook at the same time without any waitlists or holds. The program is free and similar to OverDrive's Big Library Read. You will need your library card.
WHAT IS HOLD REDELIVERY?
Hold redelivery will allow users to suspend a hold even after it’s made available to them while maintaining their place on the wait list. By enabling users to pass books they don’t have time to read on to the next person in line, hold redelivery will help our library connect more readers to the right book, at the right time.HOW WILL IT WORK?
Libby notifications (coming soon) will alert you when your holds become available. We’ll also add a “Notifications” section to the OverDrive website and the OverDrive app. After receiving notification that a hold is available, you can:1) Borrow the title within three days.
2) Suspend the hold (redeliver it) and pass the book to the next person in line. After the suspension period (set by you), you will be able to borrow the book when the next copy is available.
3) Cancel the hold.
If you take no action, your hold will automatically be suspended one time for seven days. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be canceled automatically.
New Axis 360 app released
Last month Baker & Taylor released a new version of the Axis 360 app. This latest update represents a significant change to the design and usability of the app. Search and browse functions have been streamlined, the option to filter content is easier than ever, and the look and feel of the app has been given a complete refresh.
Updates to the app are being released regularly. These updates will continue to improve on the reader, audiobook player, and overall functionality.
Macmillan embargo begins
On November 1, Macmillan Publishers began embargoing the sale of additional e-book copies to libraries for eight weeks after the publication date.
For the eRead Illinois Axis 360 collection, we have decided to delay the purchase of our one allowed perpetual copy until seven weeks before its library release date.
There are two Macmillan titles, The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts and In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado that were added to the collection before November 1 but published after the embargo took effect. Although they are in-demand titles patrons will wait longer to get them since we are not able to purchase additional copies for several more weeks.
RAILS has put together a web page of resources to learn more about the issue.
Best Books of 2019
Several best books of the year lists are out. Find these titles and more in your eRead Illinois Axis 360 collection:
Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project winners announced
Congratulations to this year's winners of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project, Jean Rabe and Lauren Eckhardt!
The Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project recognizes excellent self-published fiction for adult and YA audiences.
These titles will be available in the eRead Illinois Axis 360 collection in early 2020. Until then, anyone in Illinois can find and read these titles via the BiblioBoard Library.
Aspiring authors are encouraged to self-publish and submit their work via inkie.org. Find more information here.
Overdrive Changes Announced
We are excited to introduce a new feature to delight more readers while also helping your wait lists move more efficiently. This new feature, called hold redelivery, will soon replace auto-checkout. Please review the below information for important details about this change.
WHAT IS HOLD REDELIVERY?
Hold redelivery will allow users to suspend a hold even after it’s made available to them, while maintaining their place on the wait list. By enabling users to pass books they don’t have time to read on to the next person in line, hold redelivery will help your library connect more readers to the right book, at the right time.
WHEN WILL IT GO LIVE?
Hold redelivery will go live in early 2020 and will be applied to all new and existing holds. We will follow up in the new year with confirmation of timing.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
Libby notifications (coming soon) will alert users when their holds become available. We will also add a “Notifications” section to your OverDrive website and the OverDrive app. After receiving notification that a hold is available, users can:
If you takes no action, your hold will automatically be suspended one time for 7 days. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be cancelled automatically.
HELP & RESOURCES
As with any change, we know there will be an adjustment period for users, so we reached out to our OverDrive Partner Advisors for input on how we can best help prepare. Based on their feedback, we have the following resources to help with the transition:
As someone who has the problem of all holds coming in at once, this is awesome! We think customers will be very pleased with the upgraded functionality.
Libby updates: In addition to push notifications (coming soon), in-app help resources will guide users through the change.
The eRead Illinois Axis 360 App Gets a Makeover
eRead Illinois members, the Axis 360 app was recently updated. This new version represents a significant update to the look and usability of the app. The search and browse functions have been improved, the visual elements of the app have been refreshed, and the overall performance has been enhanced.
Have you heard the news? @OverDriveLibs + @ALALibrary have teamed up to create #LTBookPick, a book club that also offers unlimited digital access to its picks! The first pick is @kassandra_m7's AFTER THE FLOOD. Get downloading at https://bit.ly/2ZWPMrh.
Read and share the joy of reading in your community!
OverDrive, one of the our library's ebook vendors, is promoting Everyone Reads. This literacy campaign takes the beautiful message that people from all walks of life read and recreates it for a digital age.
At everyonereads.com you’ll find short video public service announcements (PSAs) from celebrities and authors explaining what reading means to them, as well as recommendations for books they love.
New videos and book recommendations will be added frequently, discussing the joys of reading regardless of format. You’ll find celebrations of physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks, as well as book recommendations across all reading levels and genres.
During a press conference yesterday, ALA launched a national campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. ALA debuted an online petition for members of the public and the library community to urge Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent to reverse the proposed embargo on e-books sold to libraries.
ILA released a statement last month regarding the embargo on e-books and we join ALA in urging you to denounce Macmillian's embargo and take action by signing the online petition and posting on social media using the hashtag #ebooksforall.
We have audio books available in a variety of formats. We have books on CD in the library to checkout or you may borrow one through Inter Library Loan.
We also subscribe to two E-book services the Alliance Digital Media Library commonly known as ADML is from the vendor, OverDrive and eRead Illinois which is from the vendor, Baker & Taylor. We are part of a consortium that allows our library patrons to checkout out materials with your library card and PIN. You may download E-Audio books and E-books onto a variety of devices. Please click on the RSA Catalog link below and the information about the Audiobooks/E-books is on the right side of the page. These are the options you will see on the home page of our RSA Catalog.
BookMyne: Search using the RSAcat app from your mobile device. BookMyne allows you to search RSA Libraries, place items on hold, manage your account and more.
Libby for ADML: The newest app from Overdrive to download eBooks and audiobooks from ADML directly to your mobile device. You need a valid library card and PIN from a participating RSA Public Library.
OverDrive for ADML: Download eBooks and audiobooks from ADML directly to your mobile device. You need a valid library card and PIN from a participating RSA Public Library.
Kindle ebook reader: Read ebooks borrowed from your library's ADML collection. Reads Kindle, and mobi formated files. You need a valid library card and PIN from a participating RSA Library.
Axis 360 app for eRead Illinois (Baker & Taylor): Search your library's eRead Illinois collection and download eBooks and eAudiobooks. You need a valid library card and PIN from a participating RSA Library.
For Libby users-PLEASE BE AWARE
There is an issue in which an item shows as an ADML/Overdrive eAudiobook in RSACat, but when it’s held and checked out it’s only available in Overdrive and not Libby. Within the app it can’t be discovered in Libby at all, only Overdrive.
This is the response from Overdrive:
Libby can only show and access titles with an OverDrive Read/Listen format available. If a title does not have an OverDrive Listen format available it will not display in Libby. The title can still be accessed in the OverDrive app.
eRead Illinois Axis 360 and the Macmillan Embargo
Last month, Macmillan announced changes to their policy for selling e-books to libraries. Starting November 1, Macmillan will only sell one copy of any newly released Macmillan e-book to a library system. That one copy will be available in perpetuity and will be priced at $30. Additional copies will not be available for purchase until eight weeks after publication. Those additional copies will cost $60 each and expire after 2 years.
Macmillan’s decision to embargo additional copies negatively impacts eRead Illinois Axis 360 members as well as RAILS libraries that participate in other e-content consortia. Both ALA an ILA have released statements condemning the move, which limits libraries’ ability to provide equitable access to information and resources.
When it comes to eRead Illinois Axis 360, we are committed to maintaining a demand driven collection development strategy. RAILS is exploring options for purchasing content, and will continually reevaluate ways to meet users’ needs. To that end, the acquisition of Macmillan titles may be delayed once this embargo goes into effect.
We are keeping a close watch on these changes, working with partners, taking action, and as always, advocating for our members. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more updates, ideas, and examples of efforts by libraries and library supporters to encourage more fair and equitable licensing terms for libraries.
The Axis 360 App is Getting a Makeover!
You will be able to see more content on the home screen, buttons have been polished, icons have been refreshed, and the browse and search features have been streamlined. Additional updates and improvements have been made to the reader function.
The new version of the app will be available in your device’s app store sometime in the next week.
We are thrilled to introduce inkie.org, a suite of self-publishing resources for authors, readers, and libraries. Through RAILS' partnership with BiblioBoard, inkie.org is available to everyone in Illinois free, without the need of a library card.
Inkie.org has three main audiences – authors, readers, and libraries.
Amazon’s Self Publishing
Barnes & Noble’s Self Publishing
CrimeSpace: A place for Readers and Writers of Crime Fiction to Meet
Grammar Girl: Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing
National Novel Writing Month
Writers Write: Your One-Stop Resource for Information about Books, Writing & Publishing
Vintage Christmas on BiblioBoard
Enjoy vintage holiday resources via the BiblioBoard Library. You can find a curated collection of holiday tales, images, and ephemera in the Vintage Christmas curation.
Holiday Crafts on BiblioBoard
This quarter’s rotating collection of hand-curated, front-list e-books includes several seasonal crafting books. Your patrons can find holiday decoration inspiration in this easy-to-access collection. There are no holds or waiting for items and titles can be read by multiple users at the same time via BiblioBoard. Get your hands on these titles while you can, because a new collection of Popup Picks is coming soon!
Find Holiday History on BiblioBoard
We’ve got some fun food history for you on BiblioBoard, just in time for Thanksgiving!
New Popup Picks Have Arrived!
Our rotating collection of hand-curated, frontlist e-books has been updated to include timely materials you can share with your patrons. This new collection includes a celebration of Pride Month, books and comics that follow this year’s summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories,” and the winners of the statewide Indie Author Project competitions. There are no holds or waiting for items in this community collection, and titles can be read by multiple users at the same time via BiblioBoard.
Developed through a partnership between RAILS and BiblioLabs, Popup Picks are available to everyone in Illinois free of charge and without the need of a login or library card. See more information on Popup Picks and all our BiblioBoard offerings.