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Old 01-31-2013, 11:04 AM   #421
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I'm just sick of them tinkering with it in real time. They should have left the original release up--although it had its problems, it is worse now--and fixed everything, TESTED it thoroughly, then do another release.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:14 PM   #422
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Also, I think it's safe to say that most people always want to borrow the book in the same format (epub, kindle, pdf). Most likely the only time they would want a different format is when their preferred format is not available. So why not make that a *user* preference? I could set "I want epubs" in My Account and then I would only see the checkboxes when epub is not available. OR, right by the Download button, it would say "you are downloading: epub. Change" And that would allow me to change to a different format.
Agreed. I think they need a download priority preference. Some books are only available as Kindle/PDF so it would need to be epub/Kindle/PDF the check box is a major improvement but it could be tweaked a bit.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:50 PM   #423
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Agreed. I think they need a download priority preference. Some books are only available as Kindle/PDF so it would need to be epub/Kindle/PDF the check box is a major improvement but it could be tweaked a bit.
The big Kindle button proved to me that Overdrive is in bed with Amazon.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:19 PM   #424
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The big Kindle button proved to me that Overdrive is in bed with Amazon.
In the last design that button has disappeared (I don't remember if Free Library or Brooklyn), now you get a combo box with all the options.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:07 PM   #425
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Also, I think it's safe to say that most people always want to borrow the book in the same format (epub, kindle, pdf). Most likely the only time they would want a different format is when their preferred format is not available. So why not make that a *user* preference? I could set "I want epubs" in My Account and then I would only see the checkboxes when epub is not available. OR, right by the Download button, it would say "you are downloading: epub. Change" And that would allow me to change to a different format.
How about a language preference selection also. I'm all for libraries adding Spanish, Chinese, or any other language ebooks, but I don't need to wade thru them.

Or the junvenile ebooks either.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:08 PM   #426
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In the last design that button has disappeared (I don't remember if Free Library or Brooklyn), now you get a combo box with all the options.
Yes, the big Kindle button did go away, but Kindle is at the top of the list. Would have been better to be alphabetic instead. That way, Overdrive would not (still) be showing favoritism.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:13 PM   #427
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Yes, the big Kindle button did go away, but Kindle is at the top of the list. Would have been better to be alphabetic instead. That way, Overdrive would not (still) be showing favoritism.
Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if the percentages are such that Kindle is the most common format anyways, so it makes sense that it would be first. I'm sure they know the numbers, even if we don't get to see them.

(Personally I liked it better with the kindle button, this drop box is really annoying.)
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:05 PM   #428
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How about a language preference selection also. I'm all for libraries adding Spanish, Chinese, or any other language ebooks, but I don't need to wade thru them.

Or the junvenile ebooks either.
You can't even browse to foreign language books only - and even if you could, they would probably throw them all together, seeing how they "solve" things.

They should have implemented a selection ool like the one on ereaderiq.com: let me include or exclude what I am interested in or not. Poblem solved.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:46 PM   #429
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One of the libraries I belong to buys a lot of Russian books, but they do it sporadically. I always start with Advanced Search to limit the search to last 7 days and in ePub format. When I get the results, if I see on the left-hand side that the "English" subgroup count doesn't match the total results, I click on it to filter out the languages I can't read.

(Okay, so I took Russian when I was in college - that was more than 20 years ago and I basically remember the curse words now!)
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:52 PM   #430
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Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if the percentages are such that Kindle is the most common format anyways, so it makes sense that it would be first. I'm sure they know the numbers, even if we don't get to see them.

(Personally I liked it better with the kindle button, this drop box is really annoying.)
Sorry, but ePub is the most common format. There are more programs, apps, Readers out there that handle ePub. Also, there are more people out there reading ePub. The world is a big place and Amazon is not leading the way.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:09 PM   #431
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Agree; and if it's not resolved soon, I'm gonna quit using OverDrive until it is. They're not the only source for free books.
They aren't the only source for free books?

I'm tired of signing in twice, one to sign in, then again to check out, and when I switch Libraries (I have 3) it logs me out again saying I logged out!
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OK, I just had a quirky issue with this... I got three emails tonight (two from FLP and one from one of my local libraries) along the lines of:



What's strange about it is that I already got notified on all of these and checked out the titles mentioned: the FLP ones were from 12/8/12 and 12/9/12 and the local one was from 11/9/12. Even though the email says I was added to the waiting list, I was not on the waiting list for any of the three titles. Looks like the notification system is broken.
Me too! What is wrong with Overdrive!!!!
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:21 PM   #433
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Can't log in to FLP any more. Instead of telling me the system is down, it's telling me that the library card does not exist! If at least their error messages made any sense!!
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Also, Fairfax refuses to "remember me", though the box is always checked, and I have to newly log in every time now.
You've probably already tried this, but just in case, have you checked the settings on your device to make sure it allows passwords and/or form entries to be saved? When I first got my reader I had something set wrong and it wouldn't remember (that was a long time ago before all the Overdrive changes).

Certainly with all the other Overdrive problems I can believe it's the library's fault now, though.
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Sorry, but ePub is the most common format. There are more programs, apps, Readers out there that handle ePub. Also, there are more people out there reading ePub. The world is a big place and Amazon is not leading the way.
I wonder what the statistics are for books borrowed from Overdrive - kindle vs. epub - I wouldn't know where to look for that info, though.
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