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Carla Bosco's picture

New EBSCO ebook platform?


I am interested in anyone who has the new EBSCO ebook platform and/or anyone who has Overdrive. And how do you like them?

I am eager to get some service but want to get the right one!



Kent Manno's picture

I would second that...with limited budgets...we all 
want to make the right eBook purchase...


Kent H. Manno
Director of Transportation
Delbarton School
230 Mendham Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
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Kent H. Manno


Director of Transportation

Delbarton Sports Camp Director

Delbarton School

230 Mendham Road

Morristown, NJ 07960

Phone: 973.538.3231 x3372

Fax: 973.538.8041

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Cheri Dobbs's picture

Unfortunately at this moment, I don’t think there is one right e-book or audio book platform.  OverDrive has the best selection of titles by far, but it’s expensive and you’re essentially leasing the titles from them.  If you leave OverDrive the books you’ve paid for (minimum $2,000 per year) are gone.  EBSCO says that their platform will eventually provide downloadable books in the EPUB format, which could be read by several different e-readers out there, but they don’t have that yet.  Follett has a nice selection of titles with FollettShelf, but their books can’t be downloaded to e-readers.  Their downloadable audio platform, Catalist, has potential.   

Follett Shelf and Mackin VIA would be good ways to aggregate e-books from different vendors such as Lerner, Rosen and so forth,  so that your students don’t have to go to multiple sites to access all of your e-books, BUT, they won’t aggregate the e-books you already own from those vendors.   I’ve decided that my best hope for single-access point e-books is through my library catalog.  I can download MARC records from all of the vendors or create them myself, and those MARC records have a direct link to the e-book from within the catalog.  I’m doing this with non-fiction/reference e-books only as I don’t have any fiction e-books yet.

Cheri Dobbs

Cheri Dobbs

Middle School Librarian &

PreK3 - Grade 12 Coordinator of Library Services

Detroit Country Day School

Beverly Hills, MI


"Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one." ~ Neil Gaiman


Robyn Martin's picture


Have you looked at B&T's Axis 360? We've just started with them. It isn't perfect yet, but I have hopes that it will improve by leaps and bounds. It costs less than Overdrive and you own the books.

Robyn Martin

The Lovett School

Atlanta, Georgia