Libraries have long embraced the digital age and are continually adding innovations and conveniences to service the members of their communities. As another example, SAILS Library Network has digitized the concept of physical reading rooms by creating a specialized eReading Room of magazines. With a library card, patrons can browse digital books sectioned off from the rest of the catalog with all searches filtered and dedicated to magazines. Top ranked titles available include OK!, Clean Eating and HGTV Magazine. Readers can find this on https://sails.overdrive.com/library/magazines and on Libby (https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/), the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive.
“SAILS has seen so much growth in the use of ebooks and audiobooks from people in our communities,” said Kathy Lussier, Executive Director of SAILS Library Network. “We’re thrilled we can now offer access to magazines through the OverDrive service that they already know and love.”
SAILS Library Network’s digital collection offers thousands of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines in a variety of genres. The eReading Room concept was born from the existence of physical spaces in libraries that are designed specifically for different ages, subjects or themes. Since then, eReading Rooms have expanded to highlight materials with certain themes or formats and for select age levels. Within Libby, eReading Rooms are called “guides” while the library’s website refers to them as “collections.”
Readers may browse SAILS Library Network’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [US only]. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.
To explore the library’s eReading rooms of ebooks and audiobooks, visit https://sails.overdrive.com or download Libby today from Apple(R), Android™ and Windows(R) app stores.
About SAILS Library Network
The SAILS Library Network is a multi-type resource-sharing library consortium serving public, academic and school libraries from 39 towns/ cities in Southeastern Massachusetts.
About Rakuten OverDrive
Rakuten OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, the award-winning Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 45,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries.
Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. www.overdrive.com
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