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
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.