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Old 09-13-2010, 02:12 PM   #1
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I use the overdrive library system to download books from my local library to my Sony prs 505. I have to put the desired book on reserve frequently as it is already out on loan. I discoverd somthing receintly that might help us all to get our eooks from the library a lot quicker.

I downloaded an available book to my computer and then to my reader, then I disconected the reader and returned the book stored on my computer to the library. I was still able to read the book on my reader for the alloted time it was checked out, but now someone else would also have access to the book right away. If we all followed this procedure it would shorten the wait times and increase the number of books availlable.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:43 PM   #2
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As was mentioned elsewhere, your idea is a noble one, but what you're doing is end-running the (library's) user agreement ... which is not to say I wouldn't do it if I only had a small amount of the book left to actually read, and there were a queue for it.

Also, be aware that Overdrive flags (and freezes) accounts that fit such a pattern.
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:57 PM   #3
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Also, I *think* if you sync your reader with ADE, it'll remove the book you've returned, so you wouldn't be able to add more books to your reader until you were finished reading the books you've returned but kept on your reader.

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Also, be aware that Overdrive flags (and freezes) accounts that fit such a pattern.
Can you specify which pattern you're identifying? Checking out and returning books before they expire? Checking out and not returning?

Are those of us regularly checking out our limit (25 at SPL) and returning those we won't read before they expire at risk for having our accounts frozen? That would be worrisome.

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Old 09-16-2010, 11:55 PM   #5
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I was referring to checking out and returning a book within, I believe, 48 hours, that flags the system. I return books early so that other SPL patrons can have access to them, but not that soon. I don't understand why you check out all 25 books at once though? I get out a couple at a time, with a (growing!) Overdrive wishlist instead.
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I was referring to checking out and returning a book within, I believe, 48 hours, that flags the system. I return books early so that other SPL patrons can have access to them, but not that soon. I don't understand why you check out all 25 books at once though? I get out a couple at a time, with a (growing!) Overdrive wishlist instead.
Hence my request for a clarification on the time window.

But thanks, I appreciate the implicit judgment re: my Overdrive usage. To answer your question it's the same reason I have more than 1 album on MP3 player at any given time. Sure, I could just carry 1 but I'm of the opinion that having multiple options at any given point is one of the perks of portable electronics. But hey, to each their own.
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Old 09-18-2010, 01:55 AM   #7
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Thanks for the Overdrive clarification, SeaBookGuy. I was a bit worried too by your comments. Whenever I am done reading a book, I try to return it early. I wish more people realized that they had the capability to do so. Since many books have a waiting list I just think it's nice etiquette. Share the reading love!

My library allows a maximum checkout of 10 items, which includes the combination of any media type (ebooks, audiobooks, music, video). Also you need to keep some margin because it's difficult to predict when your items on hold might become available. Thus it's not hard to feel constrained sometimes. It is nice to have the ability on ebooks to return them early which is not an option on the other media types.
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