How many times have you seen your patrons check out twenty plus books at a time from your library? More than likely, those readers don’t read every book in the three-week lending period. Chances are they are simply sampling most of them.
Now OverDrive is replicating this experience online by adding thousands of in-copyright eBook records with free “eBook Samples” for immediate access on reading devices and platforms. Customers can experience stories immediately on their computer or mobile device and decide if they are right for them, ultimately reducing holds and wait lists.
When available, the word “Sample” will appear below a jacket. Curious customers can easily click and enjoy 10 percent of each title before deciding to check it out or not.
Samples can be accessed from a search results page:
Or from a details page:
The eBook sample will show up in readers’ bookshelf and look just like a regular eBook download. With thousands of popular and bestselling titles to choose from, eBook samples will reinforce the library as the first stop for discovering and enjoying books, both online and off.
To try the eBook samples, visit your library website or take a look at Los Angeles Public Library‘s ‘Virtual Branch.’
Brianne Carlon is a public relations specialist at OverDrive.