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Old 01-10-2017, 04:44 PM   #76
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One good way to evaluate distant libraries that will let you pay for a library card is to calculate available ebooks divided by the yearly cost. For instance Houston has around 30k epub ebooks for $40/yr; while Brooklyn has around 90k epub ebooks for $50/yr.

On that basis, Brooklyn looks better. But, of course, there are other factors such as:

1) How long you have to wait on hold before books you are interested in are available.
2) How easy is it to get the non-resident library card
yes, and also do they have most of my fave authors. I am constantly finding more authors I like though I've found most of those by taking lists from Cozy Mysteries, and entering the different author's name in the search.

That's quite a difference in "how many" books are available though. I will get to a search of Brookly at some point. I'm just so glad they have libraries that let you join by paying what I think are reasonable fees (again, if there enough books that are "my kind of books" )

I have some options
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Rather than looking at total ebooks. I think it would be more important to get a sense of what percentage of the collection is books you want to read. Then, too, enough is as good as a feast, and if the cheaper library has a sufficiency of the books you want to read, why pay more?

Hold lists are very important up front. But once you can work up a list of gradually advancing holds, it becomes less important. Also, once you're a member, you'll be able to join queues much earlier, if you pay attention to new listings.
All good points, and I agree. I learned to at least try to put a book on hold so that it would become available by the time I finish one. But when I see I'm like 10 in line for 2 copies, I try for a book that has less people in line
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:49 PM   #78
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I just tried to open my first book from Overdrive, library2go, and I don't see the "old" bookshelf at all. I don't understand the "Download the App" either. It used to be "download in epub, or kindle, pdf". The "read now" is the only one that opens the book and that's in my browser??

Does Overdrive not have it's own Reader any longer? My Nook still works in Overdrive with a few changes, but I am not understanding the Fire Tablet 7" I bought?

It's too late to call the library and ask questions today, but thought maybe someone might be around here to help me. I managed to get a book checked out (borrowed) but darned if I can get it to open in the Overdrive Reader, which I don't even know if it's there anymore?

Thanks in advance, Denise
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Oh this is maddening, first I need to apologize. It evidentally was glitch and now I see a "new" bookshelf. It took like 5 to 10 minutes for the stupid thing to come up though, geez!

Ok, so I see now, but every time I want to check out a book, I will click on "add to app"?? Is that right? Thank you much, Denise
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When evaluating libraries for which you may choose to pay for a non-resident library card, issybird makes a good point about looking at the types of book that you can find in that library.

Fortunately, Overdrive makes that pretty easy. When you go to the Overdrive advanced search screen for a library, click on Subjects in the top left of that screen. Then click on EBOOKS and you will see an enumeration of all of the ebooks by subject type.

For instance, I looked through six different libraries and found that Romance books varied from 10% to 40% of the entire ebook offerings for a library with 20-25% being the average.
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For instance, I looked through six different libraries and found that Romance books varied from 10% to 40% of the entire ebook offerings for a library with 20-25% being the average.
Are your percentages of total books or of total fiction books?

This can make a real difference for libraries that lean mostly towards one of the two main categories (fiction or non-fiction). Even a library like Orange County, FL (one of the bigger with non-resident cards that don't require an in-person application) that has 63% fiction overall, Romance is 31% of all books, but 46% of fiction.

It's even worse for recent purchases...in the last 30 days, 450 books were purchased, with 280 fiction, 170 non-fiction. But, a whopping 71% (199) of the fiction books were Romance.

Brooklyn Public Library (with about the same number of total books) has similar percentages, including recent purchases. Fairfax, VA, though, with only about 25K total books, has a much lower percentage of Romance/Fiction (30%), and even less in recent purchases (24%). For $27/year, Fairfax is a hidden gem of libraries with easy to acquire non-resident cards.

Last, the numbers are also skewed because I noticed that if you add up fiction plus non-fiction, the result is far less than the total number of books in every Overdrive library I've checked (each has at least 25K total books). So, some books must not be classified as either.
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Just keep in mind that genre tags for OverDrive aren't always all that accurate (just like the ones at book stores like Amazon).
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It's pretty clear that the enumeration by subject is based on total ebooks since it shows the total # of ebooks in the library and then shows the total # of Romance books (for example).

I too was surprised at the % showing of Romance books among the libraries I looked at. I suspect that this is driven, in a large part, by the use of the Recommend option by the library members.

I also agree that this Subject listing is only as good as the rigor used in assigning subject tags to books. While there may be errors, I suspect that it is reasonably accurate.
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