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Old 12-01-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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Can I search Overdrive and exclude samples

When I try to browse my library's ebooks I get a ton of sample books listed.
If I wanted samples, I'd just to to Amazon's website.

I don't see a way to exclude samples from the search.

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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have you tried searching here
http://search.overdrive.com/classic/
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have you tried searching here
http://search.overdrive.com/classic/
Thanks, but how do I exclude samples?
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:45 AM   #4
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Our library has these options on the Advanced Search:

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[ ] Library Collection
[ ] Available Now
[ ] Additional Titles

Choose Library Collection, if you have these options. You could also do Available Now if the library doesn't have the Library Collection option, but that will exclude both samples and books that are checked out.
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Our library has these options on the Advanced Search:

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[ ] Library Collection
[ ] Available Now
[ ] Additional Titles

Choose Library Collection, if you have these options. You could also do Available Now if the library doesn't have the Library Collection option, but that will exclude both samples and books that are checked out.
I tried that at the Boston Public Library website and it does show samples both for "Library Collection" and "Available Now"!
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I tried that at the Boston Public Library website and it does show samples both for "Library Collection" and "Available Now"!
Maybe I'm wrong but the books are not samples but the label is an indicator of books that have samples available, should you wish to see what's inside before you check it out. Sort of like Amazon's Kindle ebook samples. At least, that's what I think it is.
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Maybe I'm wrong but the books are not samples but the label is an indicator of books that have samples available, should you wish to see what's inside before you check it out. Sort of like Amazon's Kindle ebook samples. At least, that's what I think it is.
Boy do I feel silly now!
That explains it
Also explains why a google search for this problem got me nowhere. It was an imaginary problem!

Thanks!
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I tried that at the Boston Public Library website and it does show samples both for "Library Collection" and "Available Now"!
The so-called search in the Overdrive software is the worst I've ever seen.
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The so-called search in the Overdrive software is the worst I've ever seen.
I have seen much worse; our public library's catalog and ebookfling to name 2 off the top of my head. You'd *think* that libraries would have better searching because that it what they are supposed to do, but no.
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I have seen much worse; our public library's catalog and ebookfling to name 2 off the top of my head. You'd *think* that libraries would have better searching because that it what they are supposed to do, but no.
Thanks for the commiseration.
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this is why I can still make money in the information service biz, on the other hand. With free, you apparently get what you pay for...
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What I also hate is that, in advanced search, you have to and can select only one: epub, kindle, mp3. What if I don't care about the format at all, or would like to see all audiobooks (mp3 and wav)? And for some reason, sorting by "added to site" never works for me.
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