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Old 10-07-2012, 12:46 PM   #16
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Pidgeon, that's quite a list! Out of the top of our head, are any of these Dystopian or SciFi/Fantasy? And are these in addition to the ebooks you borrowed from your local library (so do you have access to two libraries' ezones)?
I suppose you could call the Margaret Atwood dystopian. I don't read a lot of SciFi/Fantasy, and there aren't any on this list.

I also borrow ebooks from the Chicago Public Library. 40 from there so far this year. Some of the books I borrow are for my husband. He's too lazy to get his own card.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:07 PM   #17
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Thanks. I was actually able to figure it out by checking the number of titles at each of my local libraries and knowing the approximate population statistic. Of course, I'd be more interested in the ratio between the number of titles/patrons (since not all the residents of any one city are likely to be library-card holders).

Got a good, general idea for my area, though.
That's basically what I did. Compare number of titles with population and potential library borrowers. As ereading develops more people will be drawn to Overdrive.

My suggestion was to check several library's wait lists and availability of titles you may be interested in before plunking down the cash. Paying $35 to join a waitlist of 147 for a book may not be reasonable but $40 for fewer or no waits may work better. Are titles added regularly? How many each month? Genres you enjoy?

In any case, make sure they will give you Overdrive access with a non-resident card. I've heard rumors that some may not.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:10 AM   #18
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Also I gather not all the Overdrive ebooks are available to non-residents, but I don't think you know this until you go to borrow one. Anyway, there's plenty of food for thought here and thanks again for all your input.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:33 AM   #19
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Also I gather not all the Overdrive ebooks are available to non-residents, but I don't think you know this until you go to borrow one. Anyway, there's plenty of food for thought here and thanks again for all your input.
I don't think they restrict which books you can check out from Overdrive, but some libraries that issue cards to nonresidents don't allow access to Overdrive at all for nonresident cards (i.e. nonresident cards are more restrictive in many ways such as the number and types of items you're allowed to check out).
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Libraries offering memberships to nonresidents (out-of-state) without access to Overdrive (their digital media section) seems a little silly to me. Maybe I'm missing something.
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Libraries offering memberships to nonresidents (out-of-state) without access to Overdrive (their digital media section) seems a little silly to me. Maybe I'm missing something.
It's a restriction that some publishers pass on to Overdrive. Officially, one is not permitted to purchase a non-resident card for Overdrive access. This is baked into their contracts. Most libraries adhere to it but a few do not.

I confirmed this by calling a few large metro libraries that ended their online non-resident privileges i.e. Seattle and Manhattan. The digital librarians were apologetic but both stated it was due to Overdrive.

The publishers and Overdrive would prefer each library system have their own account for local residents.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:57 AM   #22
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Thanks, Fbone. I decided to go with Brooklyn since they have quite a few titles I'm interested in and can't get locally. Their system permits the whole sign-up process to be done online. Once I submitted my application, they emailed me that my account would become active 3 days after receipt of my State I.D. and payment of the 'fine'.

After I submitted that info, my account was activated in about 10 minutes It appears that I have full privileges, but of course I'll only be accessing their digital media catalog.

Appreciate all the info you've provided us in this thread.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:21 PM   #23
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Libraries offering memberships to nonresidents (out-of-state) without access to Overdrive (their digital media section) seems a little silly to me. Maybe I'm missing something.
My thoughts too. It only makes sense if you're a non-resident and actually living within that library's jurisdiction temporarily.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:27 PM   #24
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My thoughts too. It only makes sense if you're a non-resident and actually living within that library's jurisdiction temporarily.
We already know that publishers charge libraries a premium for e-books, and some (HarperCollins) put a hard limit on the number of loans, and I'm fairly sure an Overdrive contract isn't free. (We know "Freegal", offered by FLP, is in fact not free.)

However you slice it, the economics of e-book lending are a brave new world. Libraries are already familiar with per-use licensing for electronic resources, but not at the scale of demand that e-books are. I can perfectly understand a given library not wanting to sink their finite resources into becoming the go-to for anybody on the Internet. Among other problems, it just makes the wait times longer for local patrons.

There's no win-win for a single (or small number of) library and its local patrons in keeping up with nationwide demand for e-book loans.

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Does any other library except library of philadelphia allow signup from overseas (I'm in Europe)?
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I e-mailed Brooklyn, and got a prompt response. Ironically, the thing that I am worried about is that Swedish IDs doesn't list the address... But I'll give it a try. Or maybe I'll sign up for Free Library again...
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Does any other library except library of philadelphia allow signup from overseas (I'm in Europe)?
Check the list I posted in this thread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...=141516&page=2
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Thanks, Fbone. I decided to go with Brooklyn since they have quite a few titles I'm interested in and can't get locally. Their system permits the whole sign-up process to be done online. Once I submitted my application, they emailed me that my account would become active 3 days after receipt of my State I.D. and payment of the 'fine'.

After I submitted that info, my account was activated in about 10 minutes It appears that I have full privileges, but of course I'll only be accessing their digital media catalog.

Appreciate all the info you've provided us in this thread.
You're welcome. I'm glad things worked out for you.

Have you tried accessing the NYPL's Overdrive collection with your Brooklyn card? It would be interesting to know if it worked. According to their website you have privileges at both.

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I tried logging in using your link, but it came up as 'invalid'. That privilege might be restricted to residents only.

I might call them tomorrow during business hours just out of curiosity, though

Thanks, again.
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Their system permits the whole sign-up process to be done online. Once I submitted my application, they emailed me that my account would become active 3 days after receipt of my State I.D. and payment of the 'fine'.
This certainly is news. I think you may have started something that will either get big, or be stopped (not that they would cancel your privilege before the year is up).

In, I think it was May, I signed up in person at the Brooklyn Public Library Gerritsen Beach Branch. The librarian told me that it had been 20 years since the last time she signed up an out of state borrower, and she knew it was 20 years because it was in her first year working there. Could you be the first out of state person to ever ask if they could mail in the identification? Or did you fax it, or email them a graphic file?

As far as getting the New York Public Library to link a Brooklyn card purchased by an out of state borrower, I don't think they will allow that, even in person. But, then, I thought that you really had to go in person to get any privileges.
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