Round Rock Public Library customers are checking out more eBooks every year using the digital platform, OverDrive. To better serve these users long-term, the library will leave the Central Texas Digital Consortium and launch its own OverDrive service on Oct. 20. Doing so will simplify the use of the site, and the library can be more responsive in ordering popular titles of eBooks so that hold lists aren’t as long.
The Consortium began four years ago when the service of providing eBooks was very expensive. Area libraries banded together to share the platform fee and its maintenance costs. Recently, however, costs have come down for individual libraries, and Round Rock Public Library would like to build an eBook collection that directly benefits Round Rock customers.
The library has also recently launched an eAudiobook service called OneClick Digital. Most of the titles found there offer simultaneous use, which means no holds lists for those titles. Therefore, OneClick Digital will primarily host eAudiobooks while the OverDrive service will primarily host eBooks.
OverDrive Users: Please be patient through the transition on Oct. 20. The expectation is that items on hold will transfer to the new site, but users may prefer to wait until after Oct. 20 before adding new holds. Also, users of the mobile app will need to select the new digital library website.