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Old 12-26-2011, 10:45 PM   #16
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Why didn't the great unwashed buy skis or skateboards for Christmas instead of e-readers? (says she who only bought 2 new e-readers for Christmas - but I also bought a skateboard so you can't completely blame me)

I have just been trying to give my daughter an Overdrive lesson on our local library's site - but gave up as it was so slow. We'll try again in a few days when hopefully all the newbies have given up
I don't think they'll give up anytime soon as they have a LOT of eBooks to wade through to see what they may want to read.
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:47 PM   #17
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What can we do to make it uncool again?
I have a great idea. Make it so Overdrive only can serve eBooks from servers they own. That would cut down a lot of the users.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:03 PM   #18
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Wow. I just looked at the home page for one of the eBook libraries I have access to. They have a section for the "most downloaded" books.

Kathryn Stockett's book "The Help" has 590 people on the wait list! Now, there are 52 owned copies, so that puts people at a little over 10th in line.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:54 PM   #19
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I don't think they'll give up anytime soon as they have a LOT of eBooks to wade through to see what they may want to read.
I'm on the other side of the world to most of them - I'll limit my use to when the US is supposed to be asleep.
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:03 AM   #20
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My guess is that a lot of patrons that didn't use Overdrive now have a reader and have been accessing the library. I don't see this getting any better.
It can get better once libraries change their focus. As the demand for ebooks increase, libraries will budget more for their purchase and less for physical books.
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:11 AM   #21
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I have a great idea. Make it so Overdrive only can serve eBooks from servers they own. That would cut down a lot of the users.
How about we get rid of all those silly ePubs? Amazon's servers can handle the load then. It's a win win!
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How about we get rid of all those silly ePubs? Amazon's servers can handle the load then. It's a win win!


Borrowing Kindle books is much easier than borrowing ePub books.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:10 AM   #23
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How about we get rid of all those silly ePubs? Amazon's servers can handle the load then. It's a win win!
Bad idea - last on first off I say.
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:29 AM   #24
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Surrey's eBooks Library is running as fast as it ever did, not that it was ever quick in the first place.

And there has been no increase in the number of digital copies available so 99.9% still have to be reserved.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:40 AM   #25
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I had several books come up on my holds in the last few days, and getting Overdrive's servers to complete the transactions was seriously painful yesterday. I could only wish that I was able to use Amazon servers for it, but that's a US option only.
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:09 AM   #26
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The only recent problem I've had is not being able to download a Kindle book that I'd checked out. Three others were fine, but this one gets an error message from Amazon. An Overdrive tech is investigating. I'm wondering if there'll be a resolution before the check-out expires.
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Ah, shades of Monty Python's 4 Yorkshire men. Did you drink tea out of a rolled up piece of newspaper? (if you're not a Monty Python fan you will have no idea what I'm talking about!)
The best we could manage was to suck on a piece of damp cloth.
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I had some issues on Monday, but yesterday was fine. I even downloaded a movie from the Chicago Library; an hour and a half long documentary that took maybe 8 or 10 minutes to complete downloading.
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I had several books come up on my holds in the last few days, and getting Overdrive's servers to complete the transactions was seriously painful yesterday. I could only wish that I was able to use Amazon servers for it, but that's a US option only.
Even if you were in the US and borrowing a Kindle eBook, you would still need to go through the library/Overdrive in order to then get to Amazon.
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Wow. I just looked at the home page for one of the eBook libraries I have access to. They have a section for the "most downloaded" books.

Kathryn Stockett's book "The Help" has 590 people on the wait list! Now, there are 52 owned copies, so that puts people at a little over 10th in line.
One local library I just was looking at has The Help at 10 copies with 88 people on the waiting list and a 21-day maximum borrow time.

So it's going to be about 6 months before everyone on the list gets a turn at it.
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