Librarians have frequently said over the past few years that logistics (and not quality issues) were the real reason they tended to avoid adding self-published works to their catalog. A few library systems have launched special projects to add local and indie titles to their catalogs, and OverDrive wants to make that easier.
OverDrive has a tool called Local Content which lets libraries upload ebooks, video, audio files, or other content which has been donated or acquired from outside the OverDrive platform.
OverDrive’s Local Content tool is a great way to enhance the value of your digital collection by offering unique historical documents, titles written by local authors and community videos you want to share. Schools can even upload student-created short stories to share with the school community. You can set the number of copies available with each Local Content title and you can even make a curated collection of locally created content to feature.
Local Content is the perfect way to make your digital library a unique part of your community and let your users be a part of not only your collection development but the collection itself! Here is a simple guide to getting started with OverDrive Local Content:
OverDrive pitches the Local Content tool in terms of adding created by the local community, but what I found most interesting is that libraries can also upload DRMed Epub and PDF files.
All of OverDrive’s reference PDFs and FAQs say that this tool supports both “Open Epub” and “Adobe Epub”. The latter refers to the Adobe DRM wrapped around the ebooks, and it caught my eye because it means that libraries could buy an ebook from, say, Kobo and upload it.
This would sidestep the high prices and restrictions imposed by the major publishers, wouldn’t it?
Edit: Apparently not. A reader has explained in the comments that OD already thought of this, and requires that libraries own the copyright or have permission to upload a work. This would tend to exclude many commercial Epubs, which are licensed under terms that ban the loan or resale. Thanks, Beth!
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