Today we announced the innovative WIN Catalog, OverDrive’s latest in the series of WIN initiatives to streamline user experience and provide more access to more content. The WIN Catalog will be mutually beneficial to libraries and users, as well as publishers. This opt-in feature will enhance the role of libraries as a “reader connecting point” to more content – even that which has not yet been acquired for lending – including front-, mid-, and backlist eBook titles, early works, and complete series. It’s an additional way to help readers discover more titles!
Users will have more options to discover, sample, and immediately access eBook titles directly from the library even if they are not available for lending from the library’s digital catalog (or have long wait lists). Participating publishers will supply their entire catalog for readers to discover other works from favorite authors and series they may enjoy. For these titles, libraries can connect readers with samples, “Recommend to Library” (patron-driven acquisition) and “Buy It Now” from booksellers offering the titles. Each purchase will support the local library as each referred sale will earn affiliate fees from booksellers.
Please stay tuned for more information coming soon!
Brianne Carlon is a public relations specialist at OverDrive.
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